Elderberry Syrup for the Homestead Apothecary

Have you always wanted to make an Elderberry Syrup? If you have a few minutes, your Elderberry Syrup can be ready in no time at all! Save yourself some time, and create a very beneficial syrup for your immune system. Elderberry syrup is very easy to get kids to take. (if syrup is too sweet for you or your kids: pour 2 Tablespoons of Elderberry syrup in a mug, top with hot water: instant Elderberry tea!

*This time of year we’ve hopefully gathered all the wild elderberries we need, or stocked up on some dried berries from the shop to make our own syrup to keep our immune systems buzzing. *

If having the extra time to make these concoctions just isn’t feasible for you right now, Meadowsweet has a locally crafted Elderberry Syrup from Heart Beet Herbals in the fridge ready for you to take home!

For those of you who enjoy concocting your own tasty medicines, here’s a go-to Elderberry Recipe made with Dried Elderberries! We sell a version of this as a kit in the shop: all ready to go!


  • 4 oz Dried Elderberry
  • Cinnamon Stick (.2oz)
  • 1 oz Rose Hips
  • 3 buds Clove
  • .05oz Star Anise
  • .1oz Cardamom (6 pods)
  • .15oz Ginger c/s


  • In a pot, combine jar contents with 6 cups of water and bring to a boil. Then, reduce heat and simmer for about 1 hour.
  • Remove from heat and mash berries to extract as much juice as possible.
  • Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth.
  • Add 1 cup honey to the mixture and gently heat (do not boil) until the mixture is well combined.
  • Pour into jars, label, and keep refrigerated for up to 6 months.

***VERY IMPORTANT! Elderberry seeds contain a poisonous compound that is widespread in many tree fruit seeds. (this compound is metabilzed into cyanide in our body) The good news is that cooking these fruit (fresh or dried) you can inactivate this compound. Never eat fresh elderberries, cook your syrup well, and discard the fruit when you have extracted the medicinal magic.

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Lindsay Hart