Black elderberries (sambucus nigra) are naturally high in immune boosting compounds; vitamins A, B, C, antioxidants and bioflavonoids. Clinical studies have shown that the complex sugars in elderberries ameliorate all kinds of colds & flu. Elderberries can be used to make a variety of remedies, my favorite is this simple elderberry syrup. Elderberry syrup provides the concentrated immune-supporting benefits of black elderberries in a great-tasting way. My recipe uses homemade elderberry concentrate with synergistic herbs like cinnamon and ginger, plus raw honey for an extra immune boost.

Elderberry Syrup to Avoid Colds and the Flu

1 C dried elderberries
4 C water
1 C honey (raw & local)
2 T fresh ginger root chopped
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves


  • Pour water into medium saucepan and add elderberries, ginger, cinnamon and cloves.
  • Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45-60 minutes to an hour until the liquid has reduced by almost half.
  • Remove from heat and let cool until it is cool enough to be handled.
  • Mash the berries carefully using a spoon or other flat utensil.
  • Pour through a strainer into a glass jar or bowl.
  • Discard the elderberries and let the liquid cool to lukewarm.
  • When it is no longer hot, add the honey and stir well.
  • Store in a glass container in the fridge for up to 3 months.

Instant Pot Instructions

Put all ingredients except honey in pot, seal lid, and set manually for 9 minutes on high pressure. Vent pressure and strain. When cooled to room temperature, stir in the honey.

**Children can take ½-1 tsp daily, and adults ½ – 1 T daily. When fighting a cold/flu, take the normal dose every 2-3 hours until symptoms resolve.


None of these recipes nor the claims of the medicinal qualities of ingredients have been evaluated by the FDA. The information provided here is not intended to serve as medical advice, nor to treat, cure or prevent any disease. Always consult a doctor or qualified health practitioner before taking any herbal remedies, teas, or preparations.