Elderberry syrup is a natural immune-boosting concoction that many families take regularly during cold and flu season. Elderberries are nutritional powerhouses, full of iron, potassium, and vitamins A, B and C. They are anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. They are recommended to help control cholesterol and blood sugar, boost immunity, and even improve respiratory health. The more I learned about elderberries I knew I needed to add them to my wellness routine!
2018 has been the year of sickness for me. I have been to the doctor more in the past 6 months than the rest of my lifetime combined. We have also spent a ridiculous amount of money of co-pays, prescriptions, and over the counter medicines desperately trying to find something that worked. I read everything I could get my hands on about natural remedies, and healing through diet. While nothing was a miracle cure for my issues, I am finally getting back to “functional.” And I am determined to stay that way!
Boosting my immune system and avoiding illness in the first place is vital for keeping control over my asthma. I already take allergy medicine, and vitamins and supplements. I had been reading that elderberry syrup is excellent for boosting immunity, but it was difficult to find, expensive, and the ingredients weren’t that great in the ones I did find. Once I did some research and decided to make my own!
The best part about this recipe is that it can be made in your Instant Pot. I love Instant Pot recipes because typically they are fast and easy, and you are dirtying less dishes! There are many different variations of elderberry syrup, some with cinnamon and citrus zest, but I wanted to keep this basic and purely for health benefits. I used elderberries, water and raw honey. That’s it! I was unable to source elderberries locally, so I used these organic dry ones from Frontier that I found on Amazon.
Instant Pot Elderberry Syrup
Add the elderberries and water to the Instant Pot and set it to manual for 7 minutes. Then you will do a quick release (in other words open the vent and let the steam out right away). Smash the elderberries into the pot to get as much of the juice out as you can. If you would like a little thicker syrup you can turn the Instant Pot to sauté and simmer the mixture for anywhere from 5-15 minutes.
Once you are happy with the consistency, use a strainer to remove the berries. Be careful – the berries and liquid will stain and this process was a little messy! Let the liquid sit and cool to room temperature, and then you can use a whisk to incorporate the honey.
- 1 C dried elderberries
- 4 C water
- 1 C raw honey
- Add elderberries and water to Instant Pot and cook on manual high for 7 minutes. Natural release pressure then smash berries to release juice. If thicker consistency desired, turn Instant Pot to sauté and simmer until thickened. Cool to room temperature, then whisk in honey. Store in jar in fridge for 2 weeks, or freezer longer.
The recommended dosing is about 1T per day for adults and 1-2t for children, and increasing doses when sick. This will keep in your refrigerator for a couple of weeks, but I freeze half of the batch in a mason jar because I don’t get through it that fast. As long as I don’t fill the mason jar past 3/4ths full it works well in the freezer!
Have you ever tried or made elderberry syrup? I hope this Instant Pot recipe makes it an easy addition to your wellness arsenal!
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