Back to School Herbal Boost Syrup :: Make Your Own Immune Booster for Children


It’s back to school for most children throughout the country.

And with it comes exposure of many threats to the immune systems of our precious little ones.

Complaints of sore throats, stuffy noses, and tummy aches are sure to ensue…

…thankfully there’s an all-natural solution for protection.



  • 2 ounces dried elderberries
  • 1 tablespoon Echinacea root
  • 2 teaspoons dried ginger root
  • 1 tablespoon true cinnamon chips
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup raw honey


  1. Place berries, Echinacea, ginger, cinnamon chips, and water in a pot.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and then simmer over low heat for 45 minutes.
  3. Smash the berries with a potato masher. Then strain the mixture through a cheesecloth — extracting as much liquid as possible. Compost the plant material.
  4. Add honey to the liquid. Stir until well combined. Be sure to not allow the temperature of the liquid to be, or rise above 110 degrees Fahrenheit while mixing.
  5. Bottle syrup and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.

To Use

Administer to child at a rate of 1 teaspoon per day for prevention or 1 teaspoon per waking hour at the onset of cold/flu-like symptoms. Do not give to children under the age of one due to the honey in the syrup. Be sure to consult with a medical professional prior to giving this or any other herbal supplement.

This syrup is also great for adults! Administer on same schedule as a child, however increase dosage to 1 tablespoon.

Dr. Hilary Trojano

Summit Holistic Medicine