Prevent Flu with Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry syrup is delicious. It’s a proven anti-viral that kids will line up to take, but it’s also expensive and usually full of sugar or high fructose corn syrup.  At $8-10 for a whole pint, depending on how you source your ingredients, this recipe costs a lot less than the store-bought kind.  And it’s sugar-free and packed with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and the anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial power of raw honey. It also takes less than an hour to make. It keeps refrigerated for a few weeks and the vanilla I add makes mine smell like some kind of fruity Christmas pudding. It’s so delicious. I know I sound like my Italian grandma, but, Try it! You’ll love it.




What you need: a small lidded sauce pan; a strainer; a funnel; a small glass jar;  1 cup raw honey; 1/2 cup dried elderberries ; one tablespoon grated fresh ginger; a few shakes of organic cinnamon or a cinnamon stick. Optional: an organic vanilla bean.

How you make it:

1. Put 1/2 cup elderberries in two cups of water and bring to a boil.

2. Add minced or grated ginger, cinnamon, and optional vanilla bean. Cover and reduce heat to simmer.

3. When liquid is reduced by half- this should take around 30 minutes – remove from heat and strain liquid into a bowl.

4. When it cools slightly, add 1 cup raw honey and stir until blended.

5. Pour or ladle your mixture into your jar using a funnel.

For prevention, adults get 1-2 teaspoons a day, kids get 1/2 -1 teaspoon a day. Take an occasional break for a day or two, and increase the dosage to a few times a day if you are sick or feel a sickness coming on.

Stay healthy!


Kirsten Quint Fairbanks is health coach and holistic living expert who loves offering real-world wellness coaching for people who want to beat the blues and build self-esteem using nutrition and holistic lifestyle methods. Her popular online seasonal Craving-control Real Food Detox is for anyone who wants their body to feel and look its best. She also offers holistic skincare and coaching  for people who are tired of the beauty hype and is ready to have vibrant health and glowing skin from the inside out.  Kirsten lives happily, works gratefully, home-schools secularly, dances inexpertly, paints badly, cooks traditionally, and nurses on demand in the San Francisco Bay Area. Read more about her here.



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