Making elderberry syrup is easy and there are a lot of different recipes out there, but I want to hep you make the best batch possible!
3 Tips for making elderberry syrup
One – Don’t boil the elderberries. This tends to change not only the flavor, but vitamin C does not hold up well to heat and will be reduced in the final product. Even at a steaming temperature you may lose some of the vitamin C, but boiling increases that loss.
Two – Add in other beneficial herbs depending on your needs. There are, of course, may different herbs that would pair well with elderberry, but I’ll mention a few of my favorite add-ins:
- Fresh rose hips are a great source of vitamin C and contain about 200% of the recommended daily value (dried hips may still contain about 60% of the RDA). They are also known to be a cooling herb as well as a relaxant.
- Mullein is an expectorant and useful for those that tend to get lung congestion with respiratory illnesses.
- Licorice may help relieve painful unproductive coughing, act as a soothing expectorant, and reduce inflammation in the mucous membranes throughout the body.
- Echinacea is an immune stimulant and good to add in when you take it at the first sign of illness.
- Ginger has anti-viral actions, helps to stimulate the immune system and is a warming herb.
*Herbal information taken from multiple sources, including The Herbarium, and is meant for educational purposes. Please speak with a qualified herbalist to figure out which herbs are best for your situation.
Three – In order to keep your syrup making, and the dosage, consistent make sure to steam the liquid to the same measurement each time. And keep track of what works best for you and your family!