How To Make Elderberry Syrup (Sambucol Cheap)

Medicinal Uses of Elderberry Syrup:

Elderberry syrup has been used for years for cold and flu symptoms. Elderberry syrup is incredibly easy to make & tastes really good. This is one “medicine” or actually berry that you will have no problem with your children wanting to take.   It tastes like pancake syrup. (-: Sambucol which is super expensive in the drug stores is made from elderberries.

Native Americans used this very helpful herb to treat fevers and joint pain/inflammation.

There has been research done on the how helpful elderberries are by Dr. Madeleine Mumcuoglu.

Elderberries contain flavenoids which are effective against some strains of the flu.

One problem with colds and flus are the inflammation that goes along with them making it difficult to breathe. The elderberry syrup helps to stop production of cytakines that cause inflation.

Elderberries also increase the cytokines that fight infection, but are not inflammatory by as much as 10 fold.

It is also an immune booster. I actually will give my kids a teaspoon before we go to the nursery during cold and flu season just to help keep them from getting sick.

How To Make Elderberry Syrup:

1.5 cups water

½ cup dried elderberries

½ cup honey

  1. Place elderberries in a pot and cover them with water.
  2. Bring the water to a boil.
  3. Once the water comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low and allow it to simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Mash up the berries.
  5. Strain the liquid and squeeze the berries to get out all of the juice.
  6. Once the elderberry juice is cool, add the honey and stir. If your child is under 2, the honey will need to be added early on so that it is heated to kill any bacteria that might be in it.
  7. Store the elderberry syrup in the refrigerator.   It will keep for quite a while in the refrigerator.

I have also added cinnamon and cloves to the syrup in the past.  I use the proportions given from Rose Mountain Herbs where you can also purchase dried elderberries.

I give my family 1 teaspoon every 3 hours while they are awake when they have a cold or the flu.

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Just a common sense note – I am not a doctor. These are just methods that have been used for years, and I have learned from research, personal experience and have been passed down for generations. If you are concerned about something with your health and think that you should see a doctor, then by all means do & take his or her advice.

Comments

  1. Farm Marm says:

    Do you have a recipe for this using fresh elderberry? I don’t have dried but I have bushes growing all over my property! My preschooler has come home sick after just two days in school this year! He apparently has a weak immune system. He was out for about two months of last year! I want to make my own syrup, I’m crafty like that! =} And I HAVE bought sambucol brand in the past, but with two preschoolers and two teenagers, it goes fast! Not to mention mom and dad!

    • Rene says:

      You are so fortunate to have your own! We are trying to grow some, but we do not have nearly enough! I have never used fresh berries before for this syrup, but I am sure that you can. You would just need to take the excess water in the berries into account. I wish that I knew for sure, but I would try doubling or tripling the amount of berries??? Sorry that I am not more help, but I have never done that before. We are hoping to be able to next year since the plants are getting bigger, and I will have to update the post then.

  2. Very interesting. I have seen a few posts about Elderberries. I had no idea about the benefits during cold and flu season. Thanks for linking up to the Frugal Tuesday Tip.

    http://learningthefrugallife.blogspot.com/2011/09/frugal-tuesday-tip-week-35.html

  3. Amy says:

    Ok, please excuse my ignorance, but can you get elderberries at the grocery store, or do you need to go to someplace special? I would LOVE to try this!

  4. Andrea says:

    Fresh elderberries are easy, just double the amount of berries(pick out as many stems as possible), add a little water to the bottom of the pot. Simmer, mash, strain and add the honey. You can also add a little alcohol such as vodka to increase your shelf-life. It’s up to you.

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  10. Melissa K says:

    thanks! Just a heads up the link for the Rose Mountain Herbs doesn’t work. Did you mean Mountain Rose herbs?

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