Mankato Mama’s Elderberry Syrup

With temperatures dropping in Mankato this week, I figured it would be best to start early with my batches of Elderberry syrup this year. Flu season is almost here and my babes both already have runny noses. There is nothing worse than seeing your children sick. Well, there is one thing worse-when mama is sick and no one can take care of her! Elderberry isn’t a cure all for all illnesses but it sure helped my family last winter stay healthy. I firsthand have seen the benefits of Elderberry. I will be posting a seperate blog regarding my Elderberry gummies.

Why Elderberry?

Well for starters, Elderberries naturally contain A, B, and C and stimulate the immune system. Researchers found that the complex sugars in elderberries support the immune system in fighting cold and flu. Elderberry may have positive effects on some markers of heart and blood vessel health.

And also according to:

Dr. Madeleine Mumcuoglu, of Hadassah-Hebrew University in Israel found that elderberry disarms the enzyme viruses use to penetrate healthy cells in the lining of the nose and throat. Taken before infection, it prevents infection. Taken after infection, it prevents spread of the virus through the respiratory tract. In a clinical trial, 20% of study subjects reported significant improvement within 24 hours, 70% by 48 hours, and 90% claimed complete cure in three days. In contrast, subjects receiving the placebo required 6 days to recover.

I make my own Elderberry syrup because it is cheaper and very fun/ easy to make. This recipe provided me with 3 mason jars full of syrup.

Also, most stores sell out during the season. I checked my local co-op & it was often sold out.

For this recipe you will need:

An Instantpot. You can purchase one from me and I make a small commission from these sales. Use coupon code : JOSIES10 for 10$ off.

Elderberries. Buy here. I researched tons of Elderberries and these are great!

<a href=”http:// “>Strainers These are my favorite ones. I use them for my homemade cold brew as well!

1 inch piece of ginger

1 Lemon ( cut in half and juiced)

1 Orange ( cut in half and juiced)

Cinnamon sticks

Cloves ( optional)

6 cups of water


1. First thing you do is add two cups of your elderberries to your Instant Pot.

2. You cover them with 6 cups of water.

3. You add in your lemon & orange peels. I do this and it adds great flavor!

4. Add your cinnamon sticks. I use two.

5. Put a one inch piece of ginger in your instant-pot.

6. Close your IP to sealing and press Manual-High-Pressure for 7 minutes.

7. Quick release your Instant Pot.

8. Strain your elderberries. I strain mine first into my measuring cups. Let them cool then pour in mason jars.

9. After the syrup has cooled, I add a tablespoon of honey to each jar.

YAY! YOU just made homemade Elderberry syrup! I hope you love the immune-boosting syrup as much as I do.

For dosage**** 1 tablespoon daily for adults, and 1 teaspoon daily for children over one to help boost the immune system year round.****

If you are feeling sick or have the flu, increase dosage to 1-2 tablespoons every 3-4 hours up to 4 times per day (for children over one use 1-2 teaspoons).

*I AM NOT A DOCTOR, OR HEALTH-PROFESSIONAL* by any means so this is just the dosing that I use for my family.

Blessings and health to you and your families this winter! ❤

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