DIY Flu Stopper

This is the third year I have revised this article. You have to make this stuff!!  It is a staple in our home.


A few years ago I found myself desperate. I had three children at the time and was stuck in bed with strep throat and the flu…Oh, and my husband was at the fire station. In an attempt to get myself out of the bed as soon as possible I started looking for some home or herbal remedies to speed up the process. I couldn’t afford to be out of commission for very long.


Through all of my research everything kept pointing back to elderberries and all of the amazing properties they contain to prevent and even fight against the flu. Up until this point I had never even heard of elderberries, but like I said, I was desperate. I figured it couldn’t hurt to try.


I went to the store to get my ingredients for a recipe on elderberry syrup I found on the blog This recipe is frugal friendly and makes a lot. Once at home I wasted no time making it and started taking the remedy soon after. Since I was so sick I consumed it every hour starting that afternoon until bedtime. I slept the best I had all week.


When I woke up, I’m not kidding, my symptoms were gone!!! I was still a bit weak from not eating or drinking but the sore throat, fevers, and body aches were no where in sight. I was able to care for my children and get back into life.


From that moment on I started telling everyone!! If someone came by my house not feeling well, I served them up my concoction. I have had numerous people in my family and friends talk about how wonderful the elderberry syrup was and how fast it took away their symptoms.


Every flu season I make a fresh batch. I have even made some to give as part of birthday presents this time of year. My goal is prevention for my entire family. I take thrill in the least amount of doctor trips as possible.


Here is the recipe I use. If you go to Jill’s recipe she also includes a video tutorial that is really great.



Elderberry Syrup

Simmer elderberries in water for 30 minutes. Mash them, then strain into your quart sized jar. Add in honey and vinegar. This keeps for 6 months in the fridge.

Kids 5ml

Adults 10ml

For prevention you can take it just once a day. If you end up getting sick it is safe to take every hour until your feeling better :)


My kids love the taste and ask for it everyday. The raw local honey and the apple cider vinegar only add to the awesome health benefits of this syrup.


image I could seriously pour this on pancakes.

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7 Responses to DIY Flu Stopper

  • Jen says:

    Do you give at first sign of symptoms? How often to kids?

    • Brittany says:

      Yes I do. If we have been around other sick people I also go ahead and give it as prevention. I treat it kind of like a supplement. I’ll give it to my little ones up to 3 times a day when they are sick.

  • katrina says:

    I love this! Someday I’m going to have an elderberry bush! 🙂 We’ve also had great results with using Beta Glucan as a flu preventative. We discovered this the year Lila was a baby and Autumn, Noelle and I all got the swine flu. It was so powerful that we all dropped like flies in a matter of 3 days. Lila was receiving her bionic “mommy’s milk” and didn’t get it and Chad was using beta glucan for some GI issues he’d been having. He also didn’t get the flu. As it turns out Beta Glucan is a flu preventative and increases our bodies immunity by over 30%. We buy the one by A.J. Lanigan, an immunologist from SC that discovered and developed it. It’s by mail order. We also have great results with Colloidal Silver drops and Goldenseal tincture if we get hit by cold/flu in spite of all the preventative measures. Thanks for this recipe! 🙂

  • Lesley says:

    I am going to try this! I meant to do so last year when you posted but never did and sure could have used it! I just ordered the berries from the link you provided. Where do you get the honey & vinegar?

    • Brittany says:

      I use the honey from our bees, but you could get it anywhere. I believe most grocery stores carry the raw honey now. I provided an amzon link for it too. The same goes with the vinegar. Hope that helps!

  • Chrissy says:

    Great post. (Sometimes Elderberry can cause intestinal distress, so watch for that too.)

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