elderberry syrup recipe

I’ve been making elderberry syrup for a couple of years now. It has so many benefits for wellness. It can be expensive to purchase, so knowing how to make your own is useful! It’s actually very simple and the ingredients can be easily sourced. You can make elderberry syrup a number of ways, but my favorite is by adding in some Young Living Essential oils. There are so many essential oils that help our bodies stay above the wellness line, and they really flavor the syrup.

Elderberries are rich in vitamins A, B and C and are traditionally used as a cold and flu remedy dating back hundreds of years. Elderberries are known to have high antioxidant activity and the bioflavonoids and other proteins in the juice of the berry destroy the ability of a cold or flu virus to infect a cell. Adding in essential oils that also have amazing properties and benefits makes it delicious and such a useful recipe to have at your disposal!


Any combination of these oils + any citrus oils are also good and beneficial. Orange or Lemon are great additions.

Making your essential oil elderberry syrup:

  1. Add one cup of elderberries to 3 1/2 cups of boiling water.
  2. Allow to simmer on the stove for 45-60 minutes or until the liquid has been reduced by about half.
  3. Remove from stove and cool until it is just warm. The less heat the better to preserve all the properties of the honey and essential oils.
  4. Mash and strain berries through a fine mesh strainer then stir in the honey into the liquid.
  5. Add your vitality essential oils.
  6. Pour into a pretty glass container and enjoy!

Instant Pot/Pressure cooker option: Add water and elderberries to pot, seal lid, and set for 9 minutes under high pressure. Vent pressure and follow same directions starting at #3.

This should be stored in the refrigerator to keep fresh. I’ve had batches last six plus months with no signs of going bad.  Using 1 tsp per day for adults and 1/2 tsp per day for children will be beneficial for keeping your immune system boosted. If you feel like you need more support, take it often throughout the day until you feel stronger. This can be tasty to top pancakes or waffles or even add to teas as a way to sweeten!

– I found the glass stopper bottle at Dollar Tree
– Elderberries I grabbed from Amazon
-Essential Oils are linked above
– Cute labels are from my friend, Nicole, who is pictured down below! Nicole sells cute labels for essential oil DIYs and uses the funds to support her adoption! She’s adopting a sweet little girl from India and is getting closer every day to bringing her home! You can follow her journey here. You can reach out to her via FB messenger. She also makes cute jewelry that you can see here.

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