Make your own Elderberry syrup, sister!

Make your own Elderberry Syrup

Who is sick of being sick?

*Raises hand, then violently sneezes into elbow, a la Dracula.*

Seriously, I'm done with this crap.  Everyone in my house has been sick lately and that makes it very hard to get anything done.  Anya and I have been luckier than the Mister and Lily, but right now I'm nursing a sore throat and it feel like someone stuffed my head full of cotton.  To that person I say, NOT COOL!
The Mister blew through a bottle of Elderberry syrup with his last round of ick and so I decided it would be way less expensive to make my own.  Plus, I could spruce it up a bit.  Wanna know how?


That is, if I can stop sneezing long enough to finish this.

The basic idea is this:

Take some Elderberries, simmer them in water, add honey.

I like to complicate things a bit so mine looked like this:
making elderberry syrup
1/2 cup elderberries, 1 stick of astragalus root, 1 cinnamon stick, some ginger.

added water
Add 2 cups water and boil down for 30-60 minutes (depends on thickness desired)

Allow to cool* and add one cup local, raw, organic honey.

Store in a jar in the fridge. Decant to smaller jars for daily use, if you want to be able to bring it with you places or just suck it straight out of the jar in the fridge, same to me.

Now, there is some debate about if you should allow the elderberry mixtures to cool before adding the honey.  Thus my * above.  For honey to truly keep all it's awesome healing properties, it's best that it never get hot.  Some will even say they can taste the difference between honey that is separated from the comb with a hot knife and that which is removed the old fashioned, no-heat way.  Many will say that you cannot get truly raw honey in a store, because if it gets shipped, it'll heat up in the truck.  I don't really know.

I do know these things:

  • My honey is actually raw and I prefer to keep it that way, so I let the elderberry cool first.  This makes it hard to mix and most of the honey will settle at the bottom of your jar.
  • I also know that honey should not be given to babies.
  • See my disclaimer below, especially if you like to sue people who are broke. 

SO if you want a syrup that's all incorporated and stuff add the honey while the elderberry is hot.


As for dosage, I go by feel so please look it up elsewhere.  I do know this stuff makes an awesome tea... if you're OK with your honey being hot (I'll make an exception when tea is involved). Also? It tastes delicious.  Seriously.

Now excuse me while I go over treat myself.

And I should note for the record that I'm just a chick who likes to use natural remedies as often as possible. I am not, in any way, a doctor NOR have I ever played one on TV. So please remember not to be a dumbass and just consult a licensed health care professional when you're seriously jacked up. I prefer HHP's and Acupuncturist, but your body should always be your call.