Elderberry does wonders for your immune system

For years I have been telling people about the importance of taking elderberry syrup throughout the fall/winter months to help support your immune system.  It really does wonders.  I’ve used it with my children for years now and it really works.  It supports your immune system and helps when you have a cold, flu or virus.  It’s helped to prevent us from getting the flu and shortened the duration of colds and viruses. It can be purchased in many grocery stores as well as drug stores.


What is black elderberry?

Black elderberry (Sambucus nigra) is a small, shrubby tree that is native to most of Europe. There are many types of elderberry tree, however Sambucus nigra is the species used historically as a medicinal plant. For centuries, the fruits from this tree were eaten by early settlers in Europe and North America. They prepared a primitive black elderberry syrup and used it as a remedy for fevers associated with colds and the flu virus (Borchers, 2000).  (Source Ethnoherbalist.com)


Published reports describe how elderberry can strengthen our immune system via:

  1. enhanced cytokine production
  2. delivering antioxidant flavonoids
  3. viral suppression

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Since elderberry is starting to become very popular, I thought I might try making my own this year.  Last year they had trouble keeping it in stock in the stores when the flu was at its peak. I thought it might be worth trying.


“2018 update: This past flu season was especially strong. In January and February, local pharmacies around the country experienced shortages of both black elderberry and Tamiflu.” Source –  http://www.ethnoherbalist.com 


Classic Elderberry Syrup Recipe




  1. Combine the berries and herbs with cold water in a pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat and allow herbs to simmer for 30 to 40 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and mash the berries in the pot.
  4. Strain the berries and herbs through cheesecloth and squeeze out liquid.
  5. Add honey and gently heat mixture for a few minutes. Do not boil!
  6. Turn off heat and let cool slightly.
  7. If using, add alcohol and stir until well combined.
  8. Bottle in sterilized glass.


Elderberry syrup can be used to support your immune system and also on pancakes and waffles!

It is preferable to store this syrup in glass pantry jars or an amber bottle if possible.  The alcohol of course is optional.

The recipe is courtesy of Mountain Rose Herbs.


Photos: Courtesy Pininterest – Mountainroseherbs.com