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Immune Boosting Elderberry Syrup Recipe

This cough and cold syrup is infused with wild ingredients to keep illness at bay. Take a few tablespoons for the duration of illness, or 1 tablespoon a day for prevention

Optional: instead of using dried turkey tails, usnea, or echinacea, add tinctures of these herbs after cooking instead.



  • 6 cups water
  • 1 inch knob of ginger
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 cloves
  • 1 Handful echinacea roots
  • 1 Handful rosehips
  • 1 Handful usnea lichen
  • 1 Handful turkey tail mushrooms
  • 1 cup dried blue or black elderberries (2 cups fresh)
  • 1 cup honey


  1. Combine everything except honey and tinctures (if using) in a saucepan. Bring to boil, then simmer for 30 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat, strain, and allow to cool slightly. Add honey and tinctures (if using)
  3. Pour into jars and refrigerate for two months. More alcohol/tinctures can be added to increase shelf life, or the syrup can be frozen in ice cube trays.
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Michalina Hunter is a beekeeper and urban homesteading enthusiast in Squamish, BC. When she’s not gardening, you can find her whipping up herbal potions. Follow the bee adventures at