Elder Berry (Sambucus nigra) also know as Black Elder Berry, is an immune stimulant with antiviral properties, traditionally used for cold and flu symptoms, including aches and pains, coughing, nasal congestion, mucous discharge and fever. This tasty berry makes a delicious syrup even your kids will like.  Though I love honey, in this recipe I prefer to use glycerin as excess sugar (even in the form of honey) has a negative impact on immune function.

This is a great syrup for cold and flu season.  It can be taken daily to ward off those pesky cold and flu viruses or in higher quantities at the first sign of a cold or flu.

Elder Berry for Immune Health

Simple Elder Berry Syrup Recipe:


1 cup dried Elder berries
2.5 cups water
3/4 cup raw honey or glycerin to taste

Directions: Place the berries in a saucepan and cover with the water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer over low heat for 30-45 minutes. Remove from heat. Crush the berries as much as possible using a small jar or other tool. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer (smashing and mashing as you go to get out all the juice). Add honey or glycerin, to taste. Bottle the syrup and store in the refrigerator, where it will keep for 2-3 months.

Recommended Use:

Acute:  Adults: 2 teaspoons 4 times daily; Children: 1 teaspoon 4 times daily
Prevention: Adults: 2 teaspoons daily; Children: 1 teaspoon daily

Simple and delicious.

be well, be happy, and and take your elder berry,
Suzanne Teachey
Herbalist & Proprietress

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