Homemade Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry syrup is a very common remedy for kids suffering with a cold. You can buy it in many pharmacies, though it does come with a high price tag and in very small quantities. It’s just as easy, and more fun, to make it yourself at home.

Benefits of Elderberry

As we know, there isn’t much conventional medicine can do for a common cold or a mild case of the flu. So, it’s simply about supporting you or your child through the illness from home.

It has been known for many centuries that Sambucas Nigra (Black Elderberry) can be of benefit when fighting common illnesses. In fact, this traditional remedy has been the subject to a lot of research, some which has shown that it reduces the length and severity of flu symptoms.

However, until last year, no one really understood how it worked.

This study, conducted by Professor Fariba Deghani, Dr Golnoosh Torabian and Dr Peter Valtchev, demonstrated that compounds (the antioxidants that turn it a luscious purple colour) in elderberries directly inhibit the virus entry and replication in human cells and can help strengthen a person’s immune response.

It has not been tested on coronavirus, so there is no evidence on its efficacy there. However, it could be considered a flavourful addition to a healthy diet, of for those suffering with viral symptoms – be it a cough, cold, or mild flu.  

It also seems to have some benefit on the brain, with studies showing good antidepressant activities.

So, if you’re feeling unwell and suffering with low mood in isolation, it may be the perfect pick me up.

Either way, made into a syrup, it’s utterly delicious. It can be added to smoothies, used to sweeten porridge, or our favourite, added to pureed fruit and made into ice lollies. Here’s the recipe.


½ pound of dried elderberries (I bought mine on Amazon)
750ml water
100g sugar
Juice of a lemon
small chunk of ginger (optional)

Method – Put all ingredients into a saucepan, bring to boil and simmer for 30 minutes. Take off the heat and mash the berries to squeeze out the juice. Cool and strain. Keep in a sealed jar.

Dosage: One teaspoon morning and evening through the Winter. Up to four teaspoons a day to help support the immune system through viral symptoms.

Have you tried elderberry syrup – known as Sabucol in Pharmacies? Or do you have a home remedy of your own? Please share with us.

As with any medical condition, if you’re worried about your health do contact your GP.


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