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Elderberry syrup and fresh elderberries

Elderberry Syrup, Your First Defense Against Seasonal Flus and Colds

  • Author: Joybilee Farm
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Herbal Remedies
  • Method: Syrup


Scientific studies show that elderberry prevents viruses from replicating in the body, shortening the duration of colds or flu. During flu season I use elderberry syrup as a favouring in our water bottles – 1 tsp per cup of water. It’s a tasty, functional food that helps us stay healthy and strong during the season when all those around us are coughing and sniffing.


  • ½ cup dried elderberries
  • ½ cup dried yarrow leaves and flowers (optional)
  • Juice from a 2 inch piece of raw organic ginger root (optional)
  • 3 cups of filtered water
  • 1 cup of raw local honey


  • Simmer the elderberries, yarrow and filtered water together in a covered pan for 30 minutes.
  • Mash the elderberries with a potato masher. Strain them through a sieve, reserve the elderberry juice.
  • To make ginger juice, cut the piece of ginger into ½ inch pieces and squeeze through a garlic press, catching the juice in a small container. Add raw ginger juice to the hot elderberry syrup.
  • Add 1 cup of raw honey and stir thoroughly to incorporate the honey, without heating again. Allow the syrup to cool.


  • Yarrow makes you sweat (diaphoretic) and tricks your body into fighting the virus, even before it’s taken hold. It’s also beneficial for the lungs, which I find helpful during a cold.
  • The yarrow gives the syrup a faint medicinal taste, but it isn’t over powering, yet it is still warming.
  • Serving size 1 teaspoon as often as desired.
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