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Recipe For Elderberry Syrup+32 Natural Remedies

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As much as we try to keep our immune system strong, we all come down with a cold or flu at some point. Help your body heal itself without the use of over the counter medicine but with a little help from these natural home remedies, including a powerhouse recipe for elderberry syrup.

Essential oils, cinnamon, ginger, garlic, and elderberry syrup
Recipe for elderberry syrup

Prepare for flu season by making sure your natural medicine cabinet is well stocked this winter. As promised, here is a list of our family’s most used natural home remedies that will help get you feeling better fast!

How to Begin Building a Natural Medicine Cabinet

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It can take years to fully stock a natural medicine cabinet. It takes a lot of time to research, and money.

Doing research on each ingredient, herb, root, and essential oil is time consuming but necessary in order to know how to best help the body heal. Don’t take shortcuts in this area. Do your due diligence and be in a constant learning mindset, your family’s health depends on it.

For those of us with a limited budget every month, it will take even longer. Most quality ingredients are pricey, but once you have them they usually last a very long time.

Our own natural medicine cabinet is far from complete! The easiest way to start building it is by getting things as you need them. For example, at the beginning of last year boosting my family’s immune system was high on my priority list. I began researching all about elderberries and their healing properties. Only after I had learned everything I could, did I purchase them to make my own recipe for elderberry syrup.

One 16oz bag of dried elderberries is enough to make syrup twice a year for 2 years, since we generally only use it during winter months.

Another tip, is to make a complete list of everything you would like to have in your natural medicine cabinet and go to your local health store or whole foods store and check the clearance shelves for anything on your list. That’s a great way to get what you need at lower prices.

Ok! Let’s break this list down into common ailments shall we?


This article is not intended as medical advise. I am not a doctor or healthcare professional. Please seek the advise of a trusted doctor before starting any supplement and or treatment. I am simply sharing what we do in our home.


Natural supplements and essential oils
Just a few of the things in our natural medicine cabinet

Natural Remedies For Sore Throat

  • Throat coat tea – You can almost feel instant relief with this tea, love it!
  • One tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar, raw honey, and one drop of On-Guard essential oil . You probably won’t get younger kids to swallow this, but if you take this when you first “think” you might be getting a sore throat 9 out of 10 times it will stop it in its tracks.
  • For younger kids a tablespoon of raw honey with a little cinnamon would help too.
  • Salt water gargle – Mix half a teaspoon of sea salt in a small glass of warm water and gargle for 15-30 seconds then spit it out. repeat until the rest of the glass of water is gone.

Natural Remedies For Cough / Cold / Flu

Increased doses of all the regular things that keep our immune system strong.

  • Vitamin C
  • Zinc
  • Vitamin D3 – Make sure to go outside and get fresh air and sunshine for a few minutes every day, especially when you’re sick.
  • Fermented cod liver oil – High in NATURAL Vitamins A and D, Omega-3 Fatty Acids and EPA/DHA all great for boosting the immune system.
  • Goldenseal Echinacea capsules.
  • Elderberry syrup – Try the recipe below or you can buy premade.
  • Minced raw garlic with one tablespoon of raw honey taken at least twice a day after a meal – Fresh garlic is best but if you absolutely can’t stand the taste, you can buy garlic capsules.
  • Bone broth – There’s a reason why our moms would make chicken soup when someone in the family got sick. Research shows that bone broth boosts the immune system and reduces inflammation in the respiratory system,  among many other health benefits. { source } and { source }
  • ColdCalm – To help relive cold symptoms.
  • Oscillococcinum – To help relive flu symptoms
  • Oregano essential oil – Is a powerful antioxidant, boosts the immune system and respiratory function when taken internally. This is a VERY potent essential oil. To use with kids dilute one drop with a little fractionated coconut oil (or purchase this already diluted version) and rub it on the bottom of feet.
  • OnGuard essential oil blend – take one drop internally for immune system support. My husband adds it to his coffee, or you can add it to a glass of orange juice. I personally like to put one drop in a tablespoon with ACV, raw honey, and minced garlic and swallow!
  • Essential oil diffuser – to diffuse Breath essential oil blend for stuffy noses at night in bedrooms or throughout the day.
  • Neti Pot – To help clear sinuses. Not fun to use but necessary at times!
  • Make sure to stay hydrated.

Natural Remedies For Ear Ache

Natural Remedies For Stomach Ache

Natural Remedies For Headache

The best thing that almost always works for me is giving my head a massage with lavender essential oil. If you can do this right when you feel the headache coming on even better.

Natural Remedies For Sore Muscles

  • First of all make sure you’re drinking plenty of water. Dehydration will make sore muscles feel worse.
  • Take an epson salt and magnesium bath – This will relax the muscles and reduce swelling.
  • Massage affected area with deep blue rub –  For a more intensive treatment, apply Deep Blue essential oil blend on the skin before deep blue rub.

Natural Remedies For a Better Night Sleep

  • Diffuse lavender essential oil in the bedroom at night and rub on the bottom of your feet.
  • Massage Magnesium lotion or magnesium oil on legs before bed. If your body is deficient in magnesium, using the oil will leave your skin feeling itchy for a few minutes.

Why Doterra Essential Oils?

…..when we start taking essential oils internally, we want to know they are 100% pure. Doterra gives me that peace of mind.

Just a quick note on why I chose Doterra essential oils over other brands.

They are third party tested to make sure every batch of oils is 100% pure and free from contaminants and fillers.

Doterra sources all their oils from plants and trees that grow in their natural habitat. That means partnering with growers from over 40 different countries who have a deep understanding of native plants, local climate, what seeds and soil to use, the best time to plant, among many other details that are so important in the production of pure, potent, and safe essential oils.

By sourcing their oils from plants grown in their natural habitat they are ensuring the preservation of the therapeutic benefits from each plant.

Doterra essential oils are an investment but when we start taking essential oils internally, we want to know they are 100% pure. Doterra gives me that peace of mind.

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Recipe For Elderberry Syrup

I source dry elderberries from Azure Standard or Amazon, but I’m sure you can also find them at your local health store.

Just make sure they are dry organic berries for this recipe

Elderberry Syrup For Immune Support

Give your immune system a boost with this powerhouse elderberry syrup.

  • 1 cup dried elderberries
  • 3 cups of water
  • 2 tbsp fresh or dry ginger root (or 2 drops ginger essential oil)
  • 3 cinnamon sticks (or 2 drops cinnamon bark essential oil)
  • 1 tsp ground clove (or 2 drops clove essential oil)
  • 2 drops wild orange essential oil
  • ¾ cup raw honey
  1. Add water, elderberries, ginger, cinnamon sticks, and ground clove to a saucepan.

  2. Bring to high temp just before it starts to boil, and reduce heat. Simmer covered on low heat for 30 minutes.

  3. Remove from heat and let cool for about 40 minutes.

  4. Over the saucepan, mash the elderberries down with a strainer so they release all the juices

  5. Remove berries, ginger root, and cinnamon sticks.

  6. Once Liquid is completly cool, add raw honey and essential oils

  7. Bottle in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to four months. Shake well before each use.

You can interchange between fresh spices and essential oils depending on what you have on hand. Just make sure to add essential oils when liquid has cooled down.

Never add the raw honey when liquid is still hot because it will loose its natural antibiotic properties. 

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Elderberry Syrup

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8 Comments

  1. I’m just about to make this year’s batch of elderberry syrup! Also, how do you like that liquid zinc? I’ve heard some people have problems with it?

    1. I really like Mary Ruth’s liquid zinc. I give it to my entire family, even my one year old. None of us have ever experienced any problems with it, and the taste is not too strong. I’ve started to top each dose of elderberry syrup with zinc this year for the winter months. Let me know how you like it if you decide to try it!

    1. I haven’t tried elixirs yet. Do you leve the lemon peel in for a certain amount of time and then remove it, or does stay in the elixir the whole time?

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