Homemade Elderberry Syrup

Autumn seems to be well on the way and with it will come a new season of coughs and colds.

To help boost the immune system and ward off the snivels, elderberry syrup is an excellent natural remedy.

Elderberries are high in antioxidants, rich in vitamin C and flavonoids, all of which will support the immune system.

This simple recipe has been adapted from The Nerdy Farm Wife.


  • 1 cup fresh elderberries (go foraging – August to October is the time!)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 chunk fresh ginger


  • Using a fork, very carefully remove the elderberries from the stalks. (The storks contain toxins, so make sure you don’t rush this bit, you just want the berries).
  • Put the berries, water and herbs into a heavy based pan and bring to the boil.
  • Simmer for about 40 minutes – until the liquid has reduced by about half.
  • Leave to cool for approximately 15 – 20 minutes so that the liquid is just warm.
  • Strain off the berries, cinnamon and ginger using a sieve and then restrain again using a muslin cloth. This is important because the stalks and seeds of elderberries can be toxic if ingested, so don’t skip the muslin!
  • Stir the raw honey into the warm mixture (note that this should not be stirred in whilst the mixture is boiling hot as some of the therapeutic properties of the honey will be destroyed).
  • Allow to cool completely and then pour into a sterilised glass jar, for storage in the fridge. (It will keep up to a couple of weeks, or you can freeze to keep for longer).
  • Children should not take more than 1 tsp a day, and adults 1 tbsp. as a preventative.

Not got the time or inclination to make your own?

If you don’t have time to make your own, or you have passed the season of foraging for elderberries, you can buy Elderberry Syrup from Neal’s Yard.

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