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Black Elderberry Syrup - aka Crud Buster

Colleen O'Bryant

Black Elderberry Syrup

Tis the season to be snotty and sniffly.  I love exposing folks to the power of herbs by traditional remedies. Elderberry Syrup is another classic traditional recipe that bolsters the immune system and really helps ward off colds because of its immune building properties.  It's a beauty that everyone should have in their wellness cabinet. It's especially good for little ones as it has a nice flavor of "juice" but it filled with honey for extra additional immune building properties and really works on the crud that lingers especial anything related to the lungs.  I add a few little tinges of warmth to help with circulation from cinnamon and cardamom.  This basic recipe is a great gift for teachers and grandparents that your children can make themselves.  Just make sure you refrigerate after opening. 


Black Elderberry Syrup aka Crud Buster

4 cups pure cold water

2 cups dried elderberries

5 cardamom pods

2 cinnamon sticks

1 cup raw honey (approximately)


Combine the berries and herbs with cold water in a pot and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat and allow herbs to simmer for 30 to 40 minutes.

Remove from heat and mash the berries in the liquid mixture.

Strain the berries and herbs through cheesecloth or strainer and squeeze out the juice.

Measure the liquid and add an equal amount of honey. Make sure you don’t boil this it really only needs to heat a few minutes until well combined.

Bottle in sterilized glass.

Refrigerate and enjoy.  My daily recommendations are to have about a teaspoon or two daily for general wellness and 2 tablespoons every couple hours if you are unwell!*


Love the idea of this but don’t want to make it on your own.  Try our Crud Buster - Black Elderberry Syrup find it here.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product does not intend to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease.