Every time I make this, I feel like I’m at Hogwarts in Professor Snape’s class whipping up some sort of magical potion.
Elderberries have been used as a remedy for thousands of years to prevent and treat colds and influenza. These magical little berries boost antioxidant levels which can shorten our cold duration—but more importantly this syrup will help deal with that pesky phlegm that never seems to go away. The two main ingredients are honey and dried elderberries (purchase here).
In fact, a peer reviewed study In the Journal of International Medicine Research showed that those taking an elderberry syrup supplement with their flu recovered FOUR DAYS faster than those who shunned the mystery potion!
Now I don’t know about you but, as a busy mother I NEED those extra days…life’s too short to spend it sick.
Do you save money making it at home? YES, it is significantly cheaper to make your own syrup. I pay $25 for a 1lbs bag of dried elderberries (makes ≈ 9 batches) and $12 per 5lbs bottle of Honey at Costco (I’ll need about 7.5lbs of honey). So my base cost is about $43 to make 9 batches of 24oz elderberry syrup, which ends up being 216oz of syrup. Cost is ≈ $0.20 per ounce – the price goes up a tiny bit if you want to add the spices.
Purchase Dried Elderberries here
If you would like to make Elderberry Gummy Bears, check out my recipe for them here.