Elderberry Cough Syrup

5 Days of Cold and Flu Remedies!

Welcome to Day 5 of our 5 Days of Cold and Flu Remedies series!

Elderberries are anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antioxidant, anticancer, and help reduce congestion. They are also rich in vitamin A, B, and C, and contain high amounts of calcium and iron. They also help aid arthritic conditions, improve respiration and asthma, boosts the immune system, and stimulates the digestive system. The syrup is well known as a traditional medicine to help cold and flu symptoms.

Traditional uses of elderberries include making syrups, teas, and tinctures for medicinal purposes. They have been used in folk medicine throughout the world to treat a range of ailments, including colds, flu, inflammation, and fever.

Elderberries have a long history of traditional use. Some traditional uses of elderberries include:

  1. Colds and flu: Elderberries have been used for centuries to help relieve cold and flu symptoms, such as fever, cough, and sore throat.

  2. Inflammation: The antioxidants in elderberries have anti-inflammatory properties that may help reduce swelling and pain in the body.

  3. Respiratory issues: Elderberries have been used to help improve respiratory function and treat conditions such as asthma and bronchitis.

  4. Immune system booster: Elderberries are high in vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin C, which is important for a strong immune system.

  5. Skin health: Elderberries have been used topically to treat skin conditions such as eczema and acne.

  6. Heart health: Some studies suggest that elderberries may help lower blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels, which may be beneficial for heart health.

Elderberry Cough Syrup


1 cup of dried elderberries

4 cups of water

1 cup of honey (raw, unprocessed honey is best)

1 tsp of ground cinnamon

1 tsp of ground ginger 


1. In a medium saucepan, combine the dried elderberries, water, cinnamon, and ginger.

2. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

3. Reduce the heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes, or until the liquid has reduced by half.

4. Remove the sauce pan from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes.

5. Using a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth, strain the elderberry mixture into a clean, heat-proof glass jar or bottle. Discard the solids.

6. Stir in the honey until it is fully dissolved.

7. Once cooled down, store the syrup in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.

8. Take 1-2 tbsp as needed.