Elderberry for Kids: Everything Parents Need to Know

Elderberry for Kids: Everything Parents Need to Know
Elderberry for Kids: Everything Parents Need to Know

There’s a good bit of buzz surrounding Elderberry—and rightly so. It’s one of our favorite immune-supporting herbs to use during the challenging winter months and all year long.* But if you’re a parent, you probably have questions about how to use Elderberry for kids.

Here, we’ll give you the information you need to know. We’ll go over recommendations to keep in mind, Elderberry supplements and dosage for kids, and some delicious recipes that make this herb even more irresistible!

But first, let’s talk about what Elderberry is and how it supports the body.

What Is Elderberry?

Elderberry plant

Elderberries have been well-loved for their immune-supporting properties for thousands of years and are commonly found in Europe, Western Asia, North America, and North Africa.*

These tiny berries grow on bushes called elder bushes or elder shrubs, which also produce lovely white flowers in the summertime. The berries are dark blue or black and grow in clusters, and they're the part of the plant used in immune-supportive herbal supplements.*

For culinary purposes, Elderberries were traditionallyand still areused to make wine, syrup, cordial, pies, and jams. (Note, though, that unripe or undercooked Elderberries can be toxic and cause diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting; they are processed for use in supplements and are safe to consume this way.1)

At Gaia Herbs, we source only the best Black Elderberries for use in our syrups, capsules, gummies, and tonic. They’re called Haschberg Elderberries and come from a European growing cooperative based in Austria. Our high-quality Elderberries are Certified Organic, handpicked, and fresh-pressed shortly after harvest to preserve their beneficial properties.*

As part of our overall commitment to transparency, we want to make it easy for you to learn about the origin of your herbs and how they were grown. That’s why we created meetyourherbs.com, the world’s first herb traceability platform.

Through this program, you can enter the ID number located on the back of any Gaia Herbs product and instantly learn when your product was manufactured and about each herb in your product—where it came from; how it was grown, harvested, and extracted; and its level of purity and potency.

You can be assured that our products are safely produced without the use of pesticides and other toxins that can damage our bodies and the earth.

How Elderberry Supports the Body*

Elderberry syrup

For both adults and kids, Elderberry helps support the body’s natural defense system.* One way that Elderberry supports immune health is through the flavonoids it contains.*

Flavonoids are polyphenols, compounds that occur naturally in some of the foods we eat (such as Elderberries) and have antioxidant properties.*2,3 Antioxidants are important because they help to protect your cells from damage by free radicals.*

Additionally, quercetin, a constituent of this berry, helps to maintain the integrity of the mucous membranes and promotes the health of the upper respiratory system.* And, of course, Elderberries are full of nutrients, including vitamins A and C.

Elderberry for Kids

As you can see, the Elderberry is a wonderful berry that helps promote overall good health.* And it can be safely used by adults and children alike.

Here are just a few recommendations to keep in mind if you’re thinking about giving Elderberry to your little ones.

Talk to Your Pediatrician

Parents with daughter talking about elderberry for kids

Whenever you’re considering adding an herbal supplement to your child’s regimen, consult their pediatrician first. When it comes to Elderberry, it’s especially important to do so if your little one has an autoimmune disorder or other health conditions.

Look for Quality Elderberry Supplements

You want to provide your child with the best of the best. That means opting for an Elderberry supplement that is clean and natural, vegan, and free of common allergens such as dairy, gluten, and soy. And when possible, we recommend choosing an Elderberry product that is USDA Certified Organic.

Give the Appropriate Dose

Once you’ve spoken with your child’s pediatrician, follow their recommendations along with the dosage instructions on your child’s Elderberry supplement to know how much to give. Remember that the appropriate amount for an adult is not the same for a child.

Support Your Child’s Immune System in Other Ways

Elderberry is one of the top herbs for immune support, but it’s important to support your child’s immune health in other ways, too.

Keep their immune system in tip-top shape by making sure they get enough sleep, stay hydrated, and eat a well-balanced and nutritious diet full of fruits and vegetables.

Elderberry for Kids: 4 Safe Immune Supplements*

With the above recommendations in mind, here are four different Gaia Herbs Elderberry supplements designed specifically for kids, including our ever-popular Black Elderberry Syrup. Choose the one that best fits your child’s needs.

GaiaKids® Black Elderberry Syrup

GaiaKids® Black Elderberry Syrup

A syrup is one of the most popular ways to work Elderberry into your routine, and with kids, it’s no different! Our Certified Organic GaiaKids® Black Elderberry Syrup is made with only organic Black Elderberries and lightly sweetened with honey.

Each teaspoon contains the equivalent of 7.25 grams of fresh Black Elderberries. For little ones ages one to three, we recommend a half teaspoon daily. For kids ages four to 11, give one teaspoon daily. This dose can be given twice a day for extra support.

Keep in mind that because this product contains honey, it should not be given to babies under one year of age.

GaiaKids® Black Elderberry Syrup tastes great, and you can work it into your kids’ meals or drinks in a variety of ways. Keep reading for Elderberry recipes that your kids will love!

GaiaKids® Black Elderberry Kids Daily Gummies

GaiaKids® Black Elderberry Kids Daily Gummies

Gaia Herbs GaiaKids® Black Elderberry Kids Daily Gummies harness herbal wisdom that has been used for centuries in traditional remedies to support immune health.*

These USDA Certified Organic gummies are made from real fruit without any refined sugars, added colors, or flavors. Plus, these delicious gummies are made without gelatin, making them a great choice for families that are vegan or vegetarian.

Each gummy delivers 429 mg of Elderberry extract and concentrate (equivalent to 3 grams of fresh Elderberries). We recommend that kids ages four through 11 chew one gummy daily, which can be increased to twice a day for additional support.

GaiaKids® KidsDefense®

GaiaKids® KidsDefense®

GaiaKids® KidsDefense® combines Elderberry along with other herbs, including Marshmallow, Echinacea, Bayberry, and Ginger, to provide support for little ones when they need it most.*

This doctor-formulated liquid extract can be diluted into a small cup of warm water and used up to three times a day, and is especially helpful at the onset of symptoms.* Please check the bottle for dosage instructions based on your child’s age.

Keep in mind that this product contains honey and should not be given to babies under one year of age.

GaiaKids® Sinus Support

Elderberry  for kids GaiaKids® Sinus Support

Since Elderberry is often used to support upper respiratory health, we’ve included it in GaiaKids® Sinus Support, which also contains Plantain, Eyebright, Anise, Fenugreek, and Thyme.*

Developed by a Pediatric Naturopath, this harmonious herbal blend provides sinus support to help your little ones keep breathing easy.*

Follow the dosage instructions listed on the bottle according to your child’s age, then simply dilute the appropriate number of drops into water or your child’s favorite juice.

Black Elderberry Recipes Kids Will Love

One of the great things about Black Elderberry syrup is that it is delicious, which means it goes well with many foods and drinks!

For example, as long as you follow dosage instructions, you can simply drizzle it onto your kids’ waffles or pancakes in the morning. You can also blend it into a smoothie on those hot summer days. Adding it to yogurt or oatmeal is another healthy and tasty option.

If you want to get more creative in the kitchen, take a look at these four kid-friendly Black Elderberry Syrup recipes.

Young girl drinking a shake with elderberry for kids

Elderberry Freezer Pops

All you need for this one is lemonade, GaiaKids® Black Elderberry Syrup, and enough time to let these popsicles freeze.

Check out the recipe here, where you’ll also find recipes for Black Elderberry Lemonade and a Black Elderberry Slushie.

Elderberry Gummies

While you can purchase Elderberry gummies, if you have a budding chef on your hands, you can also make gummies with your child using our GaiaKids® Black Elderberry Syrup.

This will be especially great for your kids if you have fun molds. Find the recipe here.

Elderberry Applesauce

Applesauce is a favorite for most kids, and if you can make it yourself with immune-supporting Elderberry and no sugar, even better.

For this recipe, you just need apples, cinnamon, and GaiaKids® Black Elderberry Syrup.

Elderberry Fruit Strips

Fruit strips are always a crowd favorite! You can feel good about feeding your child these homemade Elderberry Fruit Strips, as they are made with nothing more than fruit and GaiaKids® Black Elderberry Syrup.

Provide Immune Support with Elderberry for Kids*

Kid out hiking after taking elderberry

Kids are resilient, but sometimes their immune systems need a little extra support. Elderberries are packed with flavonoids and vitamins A and C and can help support your child’s natural defenses.*

And the good news for the picky eaters you may have on your hands is that Elderberry gummies and syrup are both tasty and easy to take.

Opt for a clean, USDA Certified Organic Elderberry supplement made just for kids, like GaiaKids® Black Elderberry Kids Daily Gummies or GaiaKids® Black Elderberry Syrup. Or utilize an Elderberry blend such as GaiaKids® KidsDefense® or GaiaKids® Sinus Support.

Immune support for your little ones has never been easier or more delicious!

REFERENCES:

1. The American Botanical Council, “The ABC Clinical Guide to Elderberry,” accessed on March 15, 2021,
http://abc.herbalgram.org/site/DocServer/Elderberry-scr.pdf?docID=165.

2. T. Ozcan et al. “Phenolics in Human Health,” International Journal of Chemical Engineering and Applications 5, no. 5 (October 2014),
http://www.ijcea.org/papers/416-N0002.pdf.

3. Andrzej Sidor and AnnaGramza-Michałowska, “Advanced Research on the Antioxidant and Health Benefit of Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) in Food – A Review,” Journal of Functional Foods 18 (October 2015): 941-958,
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1756464614002400.