Step-by-Step: Homemade Elderberry Syrup for Immune Support!

Elderberry syrup is a healthy alternative remedy to have on hand during cold and flu season. It's very high in vitamin A, vitamin C, quercitin, and is anti-inflammatory.
Step-by-Step: Homemade Elderberry Syrup for Immune Support! | Real Food RN

Even though I worked in a hospital, I still do not turn to medication to treat or prevent illness in my family. In fact, my children have never even had antibiotics! In my granola mama journey to achieve optimum health for my babies, I have focused more so on prevention, and it seems to have paid off with some very healthy little ones.

When the flu season hits, it can hit HARD. I saw it both at work and out in the community. That’s when I decided to take action and keep it out of my home by whipping up some Homemade Elderberry Syrup!  

Why is elderberry syrup healthy? Because elderberries….

  • are very high in vitamin A
  • have more vitamin C than oranges
  • are very high in quercitin (an antioxidant)
  • are anti-inflammatory
  • possess antiviral properties that have been shown to treat colds and flu
Step-by-Step: Homemade Elderberry Syrup for Immune Support! | Real Food RN

Homemade Elderberry Syrup

When the flu season hits, it can hit HARD. That's why I take preventative action to keep it out of my home by whipping up some Homemade Elderberry Syrup. This is super healthy and really helps boost the immune system.



    1. Pour water into a medium saucepan and add elderberries, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves (do not add honey yet, because the heat will destroy many of its medicinal benefits).
    2. Bring to a boil and then cover (with the lid slightly cracked so steam can come out as it reduces) and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour until the liquid has reduced by almost half.
    3. At that point, remove from heat and let cool enough to be handled.
    4. Pour through a strainer into a glass bowl.

    5. Discard the elderberries and let the liquid cool to lukewarm.
    6. When it is no longer hot, add 1 cup of honey and stir well.
    7. When honey is well mixed into the elderberry mixture, pour the syrup into a pint-sized mason jar or 16-ounce glass bottle of some kind (I used an old dressing bottle).
    8. Store Homemade Elderberry Syrup in the fridge, it will last several months!


I also use Homemade Elderberry Syrup to make my Healthy Gummies for Colds, Flu, and Sleep. My kids LOVE them!


  • The standard dose is 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp for kids and 1/2 Tbsp to 1 Tbsp for adults.
  • If the flu does strike, take the normal dose every 2-3 hours instead of once a day until symptoms disappear.
  • Also, it tastes great on pancakes or ice cream!

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Just a few words on the alternative (Tamiflu)…

Back in 2008, the FDA started reviewing reports of abnormal behavior and disturbing brain effects in more than 1,800 children who had taken Tamiflu. The symptoms included convulsions, delirium, and delusions. In Japan, five deaths were reported in children under 16 as a result of such neurological or psychiatric problems. Seven adult deaths have also been attributed to Tamiflu, due to its neuropsychiatric effect. According to a 2009 study, more than half of children taking Tamiflu experience side effects such as nausea and nightmares. Other more rare and bizarre side effects have also been reported, such as the case of a 19-year old British girl who developed toxic epidermal necrolysis and blindness after taking Tamiflu last year.” (

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