I love making elderberry syrup with essential oils for my family, especially during the winter months when germs seem to be on the prowl.
At the beginning of our road to better health, I found myself looking for more natural alternatives to over the counter products. In my search, I came across an article about a powerful natural elixir that not only helped boost your immune system but just might wipe out influenza! Sounded a little cray cray if you would have asked me… But, with the seasons changing and cooler weather ahead, I decided to order the ingredients and make my very own Elderberry Syrup. For years now, I have made certain I kept the ingredients on hand! As we learned about the benefits of cooking with essential oils, we tweaked our recipe and traded out some of the dry ingredients for what we felt were a better option.
Andy and I have learned that it is worth being proactive with our health and not exhausting our bodies by playing catch up when our immune systems are under attack. This isn’t always possible as things just happen sometimes no matter how well you take care of yourself. But, overall, our families wellness has drastically improved by taking this different approach and changing how we have viewed our health, our whole life.
So, during the cooler seasons, this is great to keep in your refrigerator. I like to always have a bottle of homemade Elderberry Syrup. Sure, you can purchase the syrup, but it can be costly and I am all about being wise with my money! For a family of five, it is more cost effective to make our own and of course, you get to feel all Susie-homemaker when you whip it up yourself! I have found that store-bought syrup includes cane sugar and by making your own, you are able to use local raw honey which is more beneficial to your health. Having our own bees has created little honey snobs of my family (and honey hoarders!). Elderberries are these little dark-purplish berries that grow on the elderberry bush or the elder tree. Elderberries are very high in antioxidants, including Anthocyanins, which is one of the most powerful antioxidants known to man. Elderberry is also a good source of Vitamins A, B, and C as well as Potassium and other needed nutrients. The medicinal use of elderberry is nothing new and can be dated back to ancient history.
- Store your elderberry in the refrigerator to stay fresh.
- Use 1 tbsp per day for adults and 1/2 – 1 tsp for children.
- For more support take more often throughout the day, until feeling healthier.
So, how do you make this awesome sauce? Here you go…
Immune Boosting Elderberry Syrup
4 cups filtered water
Young Living Vitality Oils
- Clove – 1 drop
- Cinnamon Bark – 1 drop
- Copaiba – 5 drops
- Ginger – 1 drop
- Nutmeg – 1 drop
- Thieves – 3 drops
1- 1 1/2 cup raw honey, we use local!
Boil filtered water.
Add elderberries and simmer for 1 hour.
Remove from stovetop and cool. Strain through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth then add your honey. You want the syrup to be cool enough to strain but warm enough to melt honey.
Add your Vitality essential oils once syrup has cooled. Adding your oils and honey at a cooler temperature helps preserve the properties of these ingredients.
Pour into Mason jar or glass container. Store in refrigerator and take daily for immune boosting properties!
Standard dose: ½ tsp to 1 tsp for children and 1 tbsp for adults.
Find your elderberries here, and Young Living Vitality essential oils here! When it comes to the raw honey… I recommend you find nearby beekeepers and purchase locally. Andy and I get our raw honey from our beehives. Beekeeping can be a real adventure… but that’s another story for another time.
Enjoy and be well!
First published on November 21, 2015. Updated January 16, 2017.