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Elderberries have been touted to be beneficial in a number of areas from reducing cholesterol, fighting cancer, improving digestive health, enhancing heart health, treating diabetes, urinary tract infections, eye health, brain health, supporting weight loss, and improving skin and hair.
But did you know that elderberries have the ability to prevent viruses from entering our bodies cell walls inhibiting its ability to infect us with colds and flu?
You can buy elderberry syrup or you can easily make your own.

iHerbs sells both the ready-made syrup or the dried berries.

Here is the Recipe.


Antiviral Berry

Elderberry Syrup

A sweet syrup made with warm spices used to aid in the prevention and treatment of flu and cold
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour


  • 2/3 cup fresh or dried elderberries
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 2 TBSP fresh or ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cloves or clove powder
  • 1 cup honey-Raw honey is best


  • Add water to a sauce-pan with the elderberries, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves
  • Bring to a boil then simmer for 45 to an hour or until the liquid has reduced to about 1/2
  • Using the back of a spoon mash the berries a little to get all the good stuff out.
  • Strain through a mesh strainer or cheesecloth into a bowl
  • Add the honey stir until dissolved
  • Pour into a bottle and store in the refrigerator


Dosing is 1/2 to 1 tsp daily for children and 1/2 to 1 TBSP for adults Some recommend taking only on weekdays and skipping the weekend to have better immune strengthening abilities. If cold or flu does strike then take the normal dosing but every 2-3 hour until symptoms are gone.
Elderberry Syrup Recipe for Cold and Flu Prevention and Treatment