Most of my recipes are for dinner or dessert, but this flu season has proven to be the worst I have ever experienced. I came across this delicious recipe for elderberry syrup on Eating Richly, that is an immunity boosting home remedy.


4 Slices Ginger

1/2 of a Lemon

2 Sticks Cinnamon

6 Whole Cloves

1 Cup Dried Elderberry

4 Cups Filtered Water.


  • Put dried elderberries, cinnamon sticks, fresh ginger, whole cloves and half a lemon in the Instant Pot.
  • Add 4 cups filtered or bottled water.
  • Close the Instant Pot with the valve in the “SEALING” position, then cook on manual pressure for 10 minutes.
  • Do a quick pressure release, remove the lid, and set to “SAUTE”
  • Let it boil for about 10 minutes until the liquid is reduced by half.
  • Pour through a strainer, mashing on the berries with a spatula until all the liquid is released.
  • Let cool to 115 degrees F or less (to keep from overheating the honey) and stir in 1 cup of raw honey.
  • Keep in a jar or bottle in the fridge.

DOSAGE: Below are the instructions for dosage. Consult your physician of course!

1 teaspoon a day during cold and flu season
1 teaspoon every 3 hours when sick

2 teaspoons a day during cold and flu season
1 tablespoon every 3 hours when sick