We love taking elderberry syrup for colds and flu because it really can shorten the duration of colds and flu by as much as three days. We were just hit by a nasty cold that knocked us all out for two days in bed with a lingering cough and stuffy nose. Needless to say, we hit the elderberry syrup hard.
If you purchase pre-made elderberry syrup, it can get quite expensive. In fact, we used nearly an entire bottle the first day we were sick. So, the smart and cost-effective alternative is to make your own syrup.