Elderberry syrup. There are so many studies out there about this little miracle dark purple berry, but it can be pretty expensive when you go to purchase it. That and the fact you go through that tiny 4oz bottle fast when you have little sickly children in the house. A few years ago I started researching more about making my own and gave it a go. It’s so dang easy, you make so much more, and it really does work. Here are the steps to make your very own homemade elderberry syrup right at home. 

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*Please note that this blog post is for informational purposes. Consult with your physician to prior to usage. Recipe is for age 2+ years. Honey is not recommended for children under 1. 

Cheap, Easy, Healthy Homemade Elderberry Syrup


Elderberries have been used for centuries for all kinds of medicinal purposes, most commonly for cold/flu symptoms, but they can also be used for constipation, headaches, and muscle pain to name just a few. 

Good quality elderberries are not only easy to find now, but the most important factor. Making your own homemade elderberry syrup starts with a high quality berry before anything else. I will order these and they will last me 6 months as long as the entire household isn’t hit with the flu lol. 



  • 2/3 cup dried elderberries 
  • 3 1/2 cups of water (I use filtered water)
  • 2 Tbsp fresh or dried ginger root-I buy fresh from our local grocery store. It keeps in the refrigerator for a long time. 
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder(Ceylon here if you can) *Ceylon Cinnamon contains cancer-fighting enzymes, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial effects.*
  • 1/2 tsp whole cloves or clove powder 
  • 1 cup raw honey (Manuka or local)-Costco sells that particular honey and we love it. 


Place your water, elderberries, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves in a pot and get it boiling(DO NOT ADD HONEY YET). Once boiling, stir slightly, put a top on that bad boy, and let it simmer for about 45 minutes. Take it off the burner, let it cool almost completely(usually about 30 minutes), and then it’s time to strain. I use a big bowl, place my strainer over it, and then push down on the berry goodness with a spoon. Now it’s time for the honey. You want the mixture to be warm enough to dilute the honey into the syrup, but not hot enough to destroy many of its medicinal benefits. 


*I don’t give this year round. I will usually start giving the elderberry syrup at the first sign of a cold.*

  • Standard dose is 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp for kids and 1/2 Tbsp to 1 Tbsp for adults
  • If a cold or the flu strikes, then I up the dosage to every 3-4 hours. 

This recipe will usually fill up 2 mason jars to the max and I keep it in our refrigerator. You can also freeze it, but make sure you leave plenty of room for expansion. If not you’ll have a mess on your hands. My rule of thumb is to mark a date that I made the current batch and trash whatever is leftover after 4 weeks. I haven’t had to trash any yet, so it’s worked in my favor.


Trust me, I know what you’re thinking…those are very expensive ingredients Mellisa. Yes, it is, but lets see what one 4oz jar of ready made elderberry syrup costs you…

I found a 1oz bottle (which I am NOT going to link) for $19.99. ONE OUNCE. Once purchased, you have the ingredients to make that times 20, maybe more…I’ve not calculated. It’s not only cheaper, but you know exactly what’s IN your syrup. 

Cheap, Easy, Healthy Homemade Elderberry Syrup

Are they not the prettiest little berries?

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