DIY herbal vitamin C syrup

Winter has come in with a roar this week here in MI! We already have a foot of snow and my boys are ecstatic to go play in it. (They think the snow plow only comes to make hills for them, not for the purpose being able to get out of our yard!)

A recipe for DIY herbal vitamin C syrup. This syrup is easy to make and uses herbs, which are easy for the body to use!

I decided to spend the week preparing for winter in the kitchen. I managed to make a gallon of beef broth, a gallon of chicken broth, a quart of elderberry syrup, a batch of elderberry gummies and a quart of DIY herbal vitamin C syrup. Having all this on hand makes it easy to keep us healthy during the winter months..

Vitamin C is an important vitamin to our bodies, especially during germ season. My favorite form happens to be herbs because it makes it easy for the body to use . Plus, there are so many ways to make those herbs taste yummy.

A recipe for DIY herbal vitamin C syrup. This syrup is easy to make and uses herbs, which are easy for the body to use! (affiliate links) I use a variety of herbs, really, whatever I have on hand. But some of my favorites are hibiscus, rose hips and acerola cherry. (You can find these herbs at Mountain Rose Herbs as well, an affiliate partern)

I use local, raw honey, but I know that not everyone has access. But, you can find some,  (affiliate link) here.

I use the juice of a lemon, but an orange will work in a pinch, it just gives it a boost of extra C!

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DIY herbal vitamin C syrup
  • 1 cup vitamin C rich herbs
  • 2 cups water
  • Juice from a whole lemon (or orange)
  • ¼ cup powdered rose hips or camu camu powder
  • Raw honey to taste
  1. Simmer the herbs in water for 30 minutes (just a light simmer, not hard boiling)
  2. Strain and let cool until room temperature
  3. Add lemon juice and powdered
  4. Add honey to taste. This can range depending on how sour your kids like things.

As far as serving size, I try to do a tablespoon a day, but I will up that if we have been exposed to illness or are showing signs of being sick.

If you are showing signs of a stuffy nose, check out my favorite home remedies to kick it to the curb! Remember to keep your kids nourished during the winter time, their food counts!

A recipe for DIY herbal vitamin C syrup. This syrup is easy to make and uses herbs, which are easy for the body to use! What are your favorite ways to get vitamin C in?

This is post is linked at Home Matters with Lorelai for Home Matters Link Party.

*For the record, my thoughts and advice are only my experiences or what others have allowed me to share. We don’t claim to diagnose, treat or cure.*


  1. says

    This is great! Thanks for linking to the herbs you use. I had no idea you could make a Vit. C syrup out of herbs. Excited to try this out for my kiddos. Is it safe for kids and what’s the serving size, maybe a tsp.? Thanks!


  2. says

    This recipe is just in time – we’re starting to ward off the seasonal colds, and the twins have a cough (not fun for mama at night). I’m sure this will help!

    • says

      Yes, you are going to lose some of the vitamin C to heat but not all, from my understanding and reading. But, the added lemon to the cooled syrup is going to give you about 30 grams of vitamin C to kick it back up.

      If you want to retain more vitamin C you could use the cold infusion method of the herbs. I will add that note to the post. :)

  3. says

    I have been meaning to make something like this, but it always gets lost in my adhd haze. I am definitely making some this weekend. Thanks for the recipe!


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