Essential Elderberry Syrup 

Elderberry syrup is one of those must-have proactive sources to have on hand during the sick season.

Unfortunately, it’s very expensive to buy ($15 for anywhere from 4-8 oz) and it’s hard to be sure the ingredients are pure.  I found out it is far less expensive to make on your own – so delicious and so easy!

Elderberry syrup is traditianally made with a combonation of dried and fresh spices, but this particular recipe is potent and powerful through it’s use of Young Living essential oils. It is sure to boost the immune system and help you and your family keep sick days to the bare minimum! It is also extremely tasty!!

Elderberries are rich in vitamins A, B and C and are a traditional cold and flu remedy used for hundreds of years. 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. Add that to all the amazing properties and benefits of essential oils and you have a yummy and amazing recipe on your hands!

Here are some of the benefits of the essential oils used in this recipe and what they can do for you! Most of these are the essential oil versions of the spices called for in traditional elderberry syrup recipes. Knowing that 1 drop of peppermint oil is equivalent to 26 cups of peppermint tea in potency, it’s easy to see why using oils is a no-brainer!

Thieves – This is an amazing blend of clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus radiata and rosemary. It was created based on a legend about a group of 15th century thieves who rubbed oils on themselves to avoid contracting the plague while they robbed the bodies of the dead and dying. I’m just going out on a limb here and saying, this is powerful.

Nutmeg – Besides tasting and smelling festive, this oil encourages optimal digestive function, combats inflammation, soothes sore joints and promotes cardiovascular health.

Clove – This is one of the main single oils in the Thieves blend, but has so much to offer that adding a little more just seems like more of a really good thing. It’s said that the people on the island of Ternate were free from epidemics until the 16th century, when Dutch conquerors destroyed the clove trees on the island. Many of the islanders died from the epidemics that followed. It is a powerful immune booster and also helps soothe and calm physical discomfort.

Ginger – Part of keeping the immune system in tip-top shape is keeping digestion optimal. Over 90% of the immune system resides in the gut, so using ginger, with it’s ability to stimulate and regulate digestion, only seems natural.

Cinnamon Bark – Another oil already found in the Thieves blend, cinnamon bark is a powerful immune booster.

Frankincense – One of the gifts given to Jesus by the Three Wise Men, frankincense has been used for centuries to “treat every every conceivable ill known to man.” It is known to boost the immune system and relax the body.

This recipe can serve as a guide for you to make it just the way you like it. Too spicy? Add more honey and elderberry. Too thin? Add more honey. Not enough flavor? Add more oils! It’s impossible to mess it up. Just tweak it as needed to suit your taste.

NOTE: It is important to know I only use Young Living Essential Oils.  Oils found elsewhere may not be safe for consumption. Do your research.

1 cup organic dried Elderberries (I buy mine dried from amazon)

1/2 cup RAW HONEY (not only is raw honey naturally antimicrobial, which will keep your elderberry syrup fresh for a long time, it also contains far more nutrients as it has not been heated)

Young Living Essential Oils (3 drops Thieves, 1 drop each of nutmeg, clove, ginger, cinnamon bark and frankincense)

4 cups Purified Water

– Add one cup of elderberries to 4 cups of boiling water.

-Allow to simmer on the stove for 45 minutes or until the liquid has been reduced by about half.

-Remove from the stove and cool until it is just warm enough to melt the honey. The less heat the better to preserve all the properties of the honey and essential oils.

-Strain through a fine mesh strainer then stir in the honey.

-Add your essential oils.


This should be stored in a glass container with a tight fitting lid in the refrigerator to keep fresh.

1 tsp per day for adults
1/2 tsp per day for children over 2

This daily dose will be beneficial for keeping your immune system boosted. If you feel the beginnings of anything coming on, take frequent doses throughout the day until you feel well again. You will likely find that you get better much quicker than normal.

This can be tasty to top pancakes or waffles.

Add to tea as a way to sweeten!

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