Health & Wellness

Simple Homemade Elderberry Syrup in the InstantPot

What better way to mark my return to the world of blogging than with the ONE THING I get asked the most about these days?

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you:


Seriously, it’s so easy – you’re going to be annoyed I have a blog post dedicated entirely to this when your instincts could have probably given you the same result.

But, here we go.

You’re going to need:

  • Elderberries (organic, non-GMO, all that jazz). I always try to buy them when they are marked down, because when flu season hits, you can bet that the prices are gonna skyrocket.
  • Raw, local honey. I love this one, which is localish to me. Find a good quality honey that’s local to you!
  • Thieves Essential Oil
  • Orange Essential Oil
  • Whatever other Essential Oil that you want to use (Ginger, Clove, Oregano, Lemon, Copaiba, Frankincense… all incredible additions to this recipe)
  • Instant Pot (have you seen this white one? Oh my.)
  • 8oz Boston Round glass bottles


  1. Measure out 1 cup of dried elderberries and put them in the bottom of the InstantPot. Add 5-6ish cups of distilled water. Sometimes I add more water and let them sit and “marinate” longer before straining.
  2. Cook on high pressure for 12 minutes. Let depressurize naturally. Mash the berries to release all the juice, and strain through a fine mesh strainer. Let cool to room temp.
  3. While your elderberry liquid is cooling, add your oils to your honey and stir it mix it together. When I’m making a batch this size, I add 15-20 drops of Thieves, and 20 drops of orange. Then, once the liquid is cooled off to a comfortable bath temp (I dunno), mix the oily honey into the elderberry.
  4. Bottle (use a dang funnel, trust me – it will look like a murder scene in your kitchen), and refrigerate.

I double this recipe all the time (as much as my IP will hold) because I make this so much for friends. I truly thing that the Thieves and Orange essential oil are the “secret sauce” to why this elderberry works so freaking well.

Have you made your own elderberry? If so, leave your tips and tricks below. I’d love to try some new variations someday!