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Elderberry Syrup for Immune Support

One of our favorite wellness tricks for the fall + winter is elderberry syrup!

Elderberries are rich in vitamins A, B and C and are a traditional cold and flu remedy used for hundreds of years. Indigenous people used it to treat fever and rheumatism, while the ancient Egyptians used it to improve their complexions and heal burns. They 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.

Elderberries are:

  • High in vitamin C. There are 52 mg of vitamin C per cup of fruit, which accounts for 57% of the daily recommended value
  • High in dietary fiber. Elderberries contain 10 grams of fiber per cup of fresh berries, about 36% of the recommended daily value.
  • A good source of phenolic acids. These compounds are potent antioxidants that can help reduce damage from oxidative stress in the body
  • A good source of flavonoids. The flowers contain up to 10 times more flavonoids than the berries
  • Rich in anthocyanins. These compounds give the fruit its characteristic dark black-purple color and are a strong antioxidant with anti-inflammatory effects

When making syrup we love to add essential oils like Thieves, Nutmeg, Clove, Ginger, or Frankincense Vitality for an extra layer of flavor AND immune support!

It’s generally recommended to take 1/2 to 1 tsp for kids or 1 tbsp for adults. You can take it daily for preventative health or every few hours when you need an extra boost.

Here’s the homemade Elderberry Syrup recipe we use and love in our home:

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