Immune Boosting Elderberry syrup recipe

Sambucus nigra, the black elder, is a common shrub spread widely across regions of the UK, Europe
and North America. It is commonly used for winemaking and in craft preserves but is also used as a
homeopathic preventer/remedy for viral infections such as the cold, flu, and potentially coronavirus.
Elderberries contain a rich source of antioxidants known as anthocyanins, and are reputed to be
effective in treating the common cold, flu, hay fever, and sinus infections.

Elderberry (Sambucus) has been the subject of a number of studies recently that shows it can
actually decrease the duration of symptoms of the influenza virus. According to some virologists,
compounds in elderberry help to prevent virus overgrowth in the body. Furthermore, continued
generous consumption of elderberry syrup when the first family member falls ill may reduce the risk of
others getting sick.

The answer to Elderberries health promoting and immune boosting capabilities
lies in the natural chemicals contained in the berries. 

Read how elderberries can help you fight the flu

Read WebMD's Elderberry: Health Benefits article

Read CBS News Can Elderberry help treat colds and flu?

RECIPE: Immune boosting Elderberry Syrup


100g Dried Elderberries
2 tablespoons of grated Root Ginger
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground Cloves
300ml Water
300g Clear Honey


  1. Pour the water into a medium sized saucepan and add the elderberries, cloves,cinnamon, and grated ginger. Bring to the boil, then cover with a lid, and simmer for one hour until the liquid has reduced by around a half.
  2. Remove from the heat and allow to cool to a temperature which allows it to be handled.
  3. Mash the berries carefully (using a wooden spoon or potato masher).
  4. Pour through a muslin bag fitted over a sieve, to strain the juice.
  5. Discard the elderberries and let the liquid cool to lukewarm temperature. Then add the honey and stir well. When the honey is fully dissolved into the solution, pour thesyrup through a small funnel into small glass bottles fitted with a screw cap.

Store the syrup bottles in a fridge and take 1 tablespoonful daily for it’s immune boosting properties.

If you are in close contact with someone who is ill, then take 1 tablespoonful of syrup morning and night for five days. Then have a rest for two days from taking the syrup to fully boost immunity.

If you become ill with flu/Cold increase the dosage to 1 teaspoon every 3 hours for 2-4 days to
supress the duration of the symptoms.