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Easy Immune-Boosting Elderberry Tea (4 Ingredients!)

Here's how to make Elderberry Tea in minutes! All you need is 4 simple ingredients to make this antioxidant-packed recipe at home.

Here's how to make Elderberry Tea in minutes! All you need are four simple ingredients to make this antioxidant-packed recipe at home.

Immune-boosting elderberry tea is a warm drink you can make at home in minutes to ward off the cold and flu. It’s a faster, easier alternative to making elderberry syrup. The boost in antioxidants will help with inflammation, headaches and cold and flu symptoms. Keeping elderberry powder in your pantry is a great way to be prepared at the first sign of sniffles and sneezing.

Health benefits of elderberry

Elderberries are one of our most used go-to remedies for cooler months. When taken preventatively, elderberry tea has been shown to help ward off infection. When taken during infection, it has been shown to help prevent the spread of the virus and speed up recovery. Elderberry tea is an easy way to get all the immune-supporting benefits of elderberries.

  • Fights inflammation
  • Alleviates upper respiratory infections
  • Eases cold and flu symptoms
  • Tames allergies
  • Aids in fever reduction
  • Helps combat constipation
  • Alleviates joint and muscle pain
  • Aids in stress reduction
  • Minimizes fluid retention

What are elderberries?

Elderberries are the fruit of the elder bush and are one of the oldest and most commonly used medicinal plants in the world, dating back hundreds of years to ancient Egyptians and indigenous people. They naturally contain vitamins A, B, and C and are jam-packed with nutrients and antioxidants. They have immunoprotective and antiviral properties, making them particularly good at helping to alleviate certain cold and flu symptoms.

There are different varieties of the elderberry, but the most commonly used one for health benefits is the black elderberry (Sambucus nigra). This versatile berry is often used to make natural remedies such as gummies, syrup and tinctures.

What do elderberries taste like?

Elderberries are sweet and tart with earthy tones.

Where can I get dehydrated elderberry powder?

We’ve found that ordering elderberry powder in bulk from a reputable online source is the most economical option. You may be able to find It at your local co-op, grocery or natural food store.

The other immunity superheroes and their healing properties

Made with simple, effective ingredients this tea will help your family bounce back from ill health.

Water: Staying hydrated by drinking enough fluid throughout the day is especially important when you’re not feeling well. It also allows your throat to remain moist so it can heal faster.

Honey: Honey is one of nature’s MVPs. It has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties and has been shown to boost your immune system. Plus, it acts as a thickening agent for syrup.

Ginger: Fresh ginger helps fight against congestion and sinus symptoms (like clearing a cough and sniffles).

Cayenne pepper: It may sound spicy and strange to add cayenne pepper to your tea, but the capsaicin (a chemical compound in it) helps thin out mucus and clear your sinuses. It’s also been shown to bring your body’s temperature down.

This tea won’t necessarily knock out every cold and flu symptom, but it will help fight off infection, relieve symptoms and shorten the duration of a cough or common cold.

For an additional boost in flavor and immune-boosting benefits

You can absolutely add citrus to this recipe and achieve great success. To do this, squeeze half an orange or lemon into your tea.

Can I drink my tea chilled?

You sure can! If drinking it cold, you’ll have to mix a little more vigorously to dissolve the honey. It can be stored in the fridge (mason jars work well) for up to 6 days.

Other cold and flu recipes to use alongside your elderberry tea

Cold and flu season? No problem! We want you to be prepared with the arsenal of all-natural remedies that you and your family may need. To help, we’ve done a few posts on natural cold remedies:

In our experience, elderberry tea is a great natural remedy that offers some relief during minor colds and the flu. Remember to always check with a doctor or health-care professional before using any natural remedy.

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Easy Immune-Boosting Elderberry Tea (4 Ingredients!)

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Here’s how to make Elderberry Tea in minutes! All you need are four simple ingredients to make this antioxidant-packed recipe at home.




  1. Add elderberry powder, honey, apple cider vinegar and ginger to a mug. Pour in the hot water, stir and let steep for 3 minutes. If powder and honey settle to the bottom, simply re-stir and enjoy!
  2. Serve with any add-ins you like. We sometimes like to add a squeeze of lemon. If you want to make a larger batch, leftover tea can be stored in the refrigerator and served cold or reheated and enjoyed warm.


We recommend organic ingredients when feasible.

Always check for FfL-friendly ingredients.

Whenever possible, use local honey. Some studies have shown that local grown honey can help relieve allergy symptoms.

Remember to always check with a doctor or health-care professional before using any natural remedy.

  • Category: Do It Yourself, Natural Remedies, Health & Wellness, Recipes
  • Method: Too Easy

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  1. hello@thespotmediagroup.com

    This recipe is amazing

  2. Lilia Felix

    This elderberry tea looks like a quick, easy way to stay ahead of infections, and it’s perfect for my active lifestyle. For an extra health boost, I will combine it with my daily sea moss supplement.


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