If you’ve ever bought elderberry syrup at the store, you know how pricey it can be. So we’re excited to share the simple art of concocting this medicinal elixir so you can save your money for other things (we estimate that making 16 ounces costs 20% of what it would cost in stores). And, lucky you, you get to learn how to do it from Rebecca Luna of Rebecca’s Herbal Apothecary & Supply in Boulder, Colorado and Faith Rodgers (formerly at Rebecca’s, but now at the Little Herbal Apothecary. This 30-minute video will give you all the information you need to make elderberry syrup on your own and it will get you hooked on syrup making.
It’s a yummy way to bring plant medicine into your life! Buy the class now for $5, and you’ll own it and you can watch it as often as you like.
- Meet the Herbalists – 2:26
Meet Rebecca and Faith and learn about their mission.
- History & Science – 4:11
Learn about the power of elderberries, why herbal syrups are awesome, and how best to extract medicine from different plants.
- Ingredients & Tools- 5:33
Gather details about everything you’ll need for a smooth and successful project.
- Step-By-Step Instructions – 13:39
See the whole process unfold and develop the confidence to do it on your own. Gather clear and thorough guidance from Rebecca and Faith as they share their folk wisdom.
- Time to Experiment – 6:58
Learn about other herbs you might consider including in your syrup. Gain an understanding of how to build on the foundation of a very simple recipe.
Please note that the information presented in this video is for informational, reference, and educational purposes only and should not be interpreted as a substitute for diagnosis and treatment by a healthcare professional.
Rebecca Luna, the owner and founder of Rebecca’s Herbal Apothecary & Supply, has been steeped in herbalism since the early 1990s when she attended the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies (RMCBS), where she received both her herbalist and clinical herbalist certifications. Later, she became a faculty member at RMCBS and Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. Faith Rodgers is the former general manager of Rebecca’s Apothecary, where she also taught numerous classes about how to make your own all-natural bath and body care products. She studied herbalism and nutrition at the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism in Boulder and launched the Little Herbal Apothecary in Lafayette, Colorado in 2015.
- 1 pint distilled water
- 2 ounces dried elderberries by weight or 1/2 cup
- 1 cup raw honey
- Small pot
- 2-cup Pyrex measuring cup (or canning jar)
- Small metal strainer
- Muslin cloth or cheesecloth
- 4, 4 ounce bottles for syrup storage (Boston rounds are ideal, bottles of other sizes can also be used)
- Large wooden spoon
- Several teaspoons for taste tests
- Canning jar to hold utensils (optional)
- Funnel (optional)