Ammonia for ant bites, toothpaste for unsightly blemishes, a spoonful of cod liver oil to “cure what ails ya”… Grandma sure had a lot of interesting health remedies up her sleeve. Some were far-fetched fads, but others were so effective, they were recorded in recipe books and journals to be passed on to the next generation.
Elderberry syrup is one of those: made from the concentrated extract of antioxidant-rich black elderberries, this time-tested elixir has been used for centuries to support normal immune health.*
Making it yourself is easier than you think, and is an appropriate homage to simpler times when a little dab of this or a spoonful of that was just what the doctor (er, Grandma) ordered.
Easy Homemade Elderberry Syrup
- In small sauce pan, combine elderberries and water. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer 45 minutes.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool at least 15 minutes.
- Place a fine mesh strainer over a 16 ounce glass measuring cup, scoop berries into strainer and press down with back of spoon to extract liquid into measuring cup.
- Repeat until all berries are pressed. Discard pressed berries.
- Set liquid in fridge to continue cooling.
- Once elderberry liquid is completely cooled, whisk in ½ cup raw honey.
- Store in a covered glass container in fridge and enjoy by the teaspoon. (Bonus: you can also drizzle it over ice cream or pancakes!)
Yield: 1 cup (makes 48 1 tsp. servings)
*This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Excited about elderberry? It’s also available in capsules, gummies, tea, liquid and even lozenge form! Get what you need for the season: