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Elderberry Syrup Recipe – Natural Cold and Flu Remedy

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Making your own elderberry syrup at home is surprisingly easy and it’ll save you a LOT of money.




Instant Pot Directions

Place the water, elderberries, ginger, and spices (but not oils) in the Instant Pot. Set on High Pressure for 9 minutes. It will take about 10 minutes to build up pressure and then take 9 minutes to cook. Once it’s finished, release the pressure. Then strain out the elderberries with a fine mesh strainer.

Add in the honey and essential oils and bottle it up! Store in the fridge. The essential oils will help to preserve it so it can last for one month or more. To save on the trouble, you could make several batches at once and freeze the extra.

Stovetop Directions

  • Pour the water into a medium saucepan and add the elderberries, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves.
  • Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to 1 hour until the liquid has reduced by almost half.
  • Remove from heat and let cool.
  • Add the honey and essential oils once it has cooled to lukewarm temperature.
  • Bottle it up and store in the fridge for 1-2 months (2 months if you’ve used essential oils).


Standard dose is ½ – 1 teaspoon for kids and ½ – 1 tablespoon for adults. If the flu does strike, take the normal dose every 2-3 hours instead of once a day until symptoms disappear.