February 28th, 2019 | Posted By: Magdalena Wszelaki | Posted in Recipes, Teas, Drinks & Tonics

Elderberry Flu Syrup

Cold and flu season is here, and we have the perfect remedy to keep your immune system strong and healthy.

Elderberries, well known for their immune boosting properties, are combined with echinacea, ginger, turmeric, honey, and apple cider vinegar.

Elderberries are full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals all of which support a healthy immune system, lower blood sugar, improve digestion, and even slow the spread of cancer.

Ginger is warming and also aids in digestion.

Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory and is full of antioxidants.

And the spoon full of raw honey truly helps this medicine go down, but that’s not all it does. Raw honey contains a wide variety of polyphenols, amino acids, minerals, vitamins, and enzymes. I do recommend using raw local honey for best results.

This is a potent blend of powerful herbs that will be sure to keep your health and wellness at its absolute best.

Please note that uncooked seeds are toxic and should not be eaten raw. Cooking the berries make it safe for consumption.

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Elderberry Flu Syrup
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Serves: 8 servings
  • 1 cup dried elderberries (I use this one)
  • 2-inch piece fresh ginger, sliced
  • 1-inch piece fresh turmeric, sliced
  • 3 cups filtered water
  • ½ cup raw honey
How To Make
  1. In a medium size pot, add elderberries, ginger, turmeric and water.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 60 minutes.
  3. Press the berries using a potato masher to release more of the berries healing juices.
  4. Strain into a bowl gently pressing all the liquid out. It is best to do this in a few smaller batches. You may also run this through a nut milk bag to get the most of the liquid.
  5. Add honey to the bowl and mix well.
  6. Transfer to a clean sterile glass jar and refrigerate up to 2 weeks.
  7. To keep longer you may also freeze some. I like to do this in ice cube trays to have single frozen portions ready to go.
  8. I like to combine a squeeze of fresh lemon with 2 tablespoons of the syrup and 6 ounces of hot water for a warm healing elixir.
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14 Comments to Elderberry Flu Syrup

  1. The article states there is echinacea in the ingredients but don’t see it in the recipe ??? Where do you get it and how much to add? Also the link to the elderberry company is out of stock . Where is another company to buy good elderberry

  2. It says not to consume elderberries without cooking but they are used uncooked in the oxymel recipe. Is it ok as its soaked in acv?

  3. If you do not have fresh turmeric or ginger can you use powdered ?
    If so how much?

    • Hi Leona. We haven’t tried this recipe with powdered turmeric or ginger. The nutrients and antioxidants in fresh turmeric and ginger are more easily utilized by the body than in their powdered versions.

      – HB Team

  4. How much was this supposed to make? I ended up with only 1/4 cup of syrup afterward.

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