How to Make Elderberry Syrup for Colds and Coughs


Elderberry Syrup for coughs and colds (1)This is a repeat performance of a post from last winter, but I am hearing that many of you are dealing with colds and coughs now, so I thought I would share it again!  

I don’t know about where you live, but this winter weather is just about to get the best of us!  So when we started seeing the symptoms of a cold popping up, I went straight to my herb jars.  One of the oldest and best known cold remedies is Elderberry Syrup.  Here is our pictorial so you can learn how we make it at One Ash Farm-

Elderberries are said to be a useful and delicious way to alleviate some of the symptoms of a cold or flu by reducing mucous production.  
They are packed with Vitamins A and C, and when mixed with a few simple ingredients 
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Elderberries turn into a beautiful syrup to be taken by the spoonful (1-3 tablespoons per day depending on age), or used on pancakes, waffles, yogurt or added to a cup of tea.



One Ash Farm Elderberry Syrup

-1/4 cup Dried Elderberries (1/2 cup if using fresh elderberries)
-1 1/2 cups water
-1 small cinnamon stick, or ½ of a large one
-2 whole cloves
-½ tsp. minced fresh ginger
-½ cup raw honey 

(Note- we are focused on Small Family Logistics here at One Ash so this recipe uses small quantities.  It can be multiplied to make a larger batch.)

* Place all the ingredients except the honey into a saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium heat.  Once boiling, reduce to a low heat and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes. 
*Remove from heat, and using a potato masher, smash the berries to release all of the juice.  Don’t get in a hurry, and make sure as much juice as possible is released during this step.
* Strain the juice through a fine strainer, leaving behind only the pulp.  Let the juice continue to drain while it cools to make sure you have gotten every precious drop!  The pulp can then be thrown away or composted. 
* When the juice has cooled, add the honey and stir until completely mixed.
* Transfer your syrup to a lidded jar (I like to decorate mine so it’s cheery!), and keep in the fridge for 2-3 months. 
Have fun making your One Ash Farm Elderberry Syrup!

5 thoughts on “How to Make Elderberry Syrup for Colds and Coughs

  1. Stephanie says:

    This is wonderful!!!! Could I please ask you multiple questions as I am new to all of this 😛 Is this the same recipe you use on pancakes? If we had pancakes almost every morning would we become immune to the helpful parts of the elderberry?? Can I freeze it or seal them in my steamer/canner? My son is 2 – and then we have 2 adults in the house- what is the ok dosage on our pancakes- we don’t want to over dose lol

    • One Ash Homestead says:

      Thanks for your questions and interest! And yes, this syrup is wonderful on pancakes and waffles! While I am not a doctor, I would use this
      syrup like any other. Elderberries have wonderful immunity building properties, but really are just a berry. So using it just like you would use
      a blackberry or strawberry syrup should be just fine. The berries freeze well- lay them out on a cookie sheet to freeze, and then put into zipper bags to freeze them. You could also freeze the syrup, but I find it stays a long time in the refrigerator (longer than it lasts in our household!). Hope this helps!

  2. Alyson says:

    I see you stated this makes a small batch but could you please tell me approximately how much this would make? I am looking forward to making the syrup. It looks wonderful and I can’t wait to see how well it works for coughs/colds should we end up down that unfortunate road!

    • One Ash Homestead says:

      Hi, Alyson! So glad you stopped by. I believe this makes around 2 pints of syrup. It works great..but hopefully you won’t have to use it too much! Have a wonderful evening. -Alex

  3. I like the idea of a small batch to try for the first time I make it. Then I could see how long it would last because I have not idea how much we would use. Thanks for sharing this – again. :)

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