Making Homemade Elderberry Syrup to Survive the Sick Season


Elderberries are packed with antioxidants and vitamins that may help boost your immune system and are known to aid in easing cold and flu symptoms. Keeping your body’s immune system in tip-top shape during cold and flu seasons is key to keeping the sickness away.

Making your own homemade elderberry syrup is super simple. Let me walk you through how I made my most recent batch and what ingredients I use to ensure a quality product. You can also purchase elderberry products at the store, but if your anything like me you like to know exactly what you’re putting into your body!


Purchase dry elderberries from Amazon, or another retailer. My favorite place to get
anything to do with teas and syrups is Farmhouse Teas. I know when I purchase from them I am supporting a small business and getting quality organic products!

Upon getting your elderberries in your home you can go ahead and make your syrup, It will take you about 30 min to get a completed syrup. and when finished you should get about 1 1/2 cups of liquid that you can store for a period of 4-6 weeks in the refrigerator.

In the following pictures, you will see my syrup simmering for 20 min.

You then smash the mixture to ensure you get all the nutrients out of the berries.

Then strain the mixture to remove all elderberries and other herbs to get a syrupy liquid. (Note: I Mass the berries with a spoon to squeeze all the liquid possible from them)





From there I compost the leftover berry mixture.

The last step is to add-in 1/8 of a cup of raw apple cider vinegar, and 1/2 cup of honey (Locally grown in your area).

The finished product is so yummy, you and your kids will love it! I give 1 teaspoon every morning during peak sick season to my little to keep her immune system strong!

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Samantha VanderVlucht
Samantha lives a more unconventional life. She works for her family’s business so she is able to bring her little one with her to the office. She also works from home a few days a week, and does all the Mama things in-between! She resides in Luckey Ohio with her husband of 7 years Kyle, her one-year-old daughter Demi Kay, and her fur baby Remington. Samantha enjoys the outdoors and doing all things homesteading. Most days when she is not working you will find her in the gardens, in the kitchen learning a new skill, or prepping for the winter months when fresh fruits and veggies are not in supply. She and her husband are passionate about health and wellness and have a wealth of knowledge about it. They love sharing the natural go to’s for just about anything! Essential oils are Samantha’s must-haves day in and day out! Samantha and her family strive to live a self-sustaining life. She is so excited to be a part of Toledo Mom’s; another adventure added to her belt! Find her on Instagram @skvanderv.



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