Elderberry, also known as Sambucus is a delicious wild berry, proven to be useful for fighting the flu. It contains compounds that keep the flu virus from attaching to your cells, so it can lesson the severity and possibly shorten the duration of your illness.
Elderberry is used for many other remedies besides the flu. It has been a folk remedy for centuries in North America, Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa. This is the reason why the medicinal benefits of elderberries are being investigated and rediscovered. Elderberry is used for its antioxidant activity, to lower cholesterol, improve vision, boost the immune system, improve heart health, for bacterial and viral infections, cancer, constipation and much more. Most people, myself included, reported less severe symptoms and felt better faster than those who did not take elderberry when sick with the flu. I really love and live by elderberry especially when sick. If you are interested in buying elderberry this is the brand that I use.
This is a great recipe especially if you want to save some money!
Homemade Elderberry Syrup Ingredients:
2/3 cup black elderberries
3.5 cups of water
2 T fresh or dried ginger root
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp cloves or clove powder
1 cup raw honey (we get from our farmer’s market)
1. Pour water into medium saucepan and add elderberries, ginger, cinnamon and cloves (do not add honey!
2. Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour until the liquid has reduced by almost half. At that point, remove from heat and let cool enough to be handled. Pour through a strainer into a glass jar or bowl.
Discard the elderberries (or compost them!) and let the liquid cool to lukewarm.
3. When it is no longer hot, add 1 cup of honey and stir well.
4. When honey is well mixed into the elderberry mixture, pour the syrup into a pint sized mason jar or 16 ounce glass bottle.
5. Store in fridge
1/2 tsp to 1 tsp for kids and 1/2 Tbsp to 1 Tbsp for adults. If the flu does strike, take the normal dose every 2-3 hours instead of once a day until symptoms disappear.
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Any thoughts or remedies of your own? I’d love to hear them!
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