Super Easy Flu-Busting Elderberry Syrup Recipe
Making elderberry syrup at home is a highly effective and inexpensive way to protect yourself against the flu this season. Elderberry has been used for centuries to treat influenza, colds and sinusitis, and has been reported to have potent antiviral activity against influenza and even herpes simplex.
Elderberries Are Highly Antibacterial And Antiviral
A incredible healing addition to your natural medicine cabinet, dried elderberries can be made into a simple syrup for a potent natural expectorant that helps to calm bacterial infections, bronchial issues and flu symptoms in both adults and children.
Elderberries Are Nature’s Vaccine Against The Flu
Highly antiviral and known to substantially shorten illness, elderberries are high in bioflavonoids that have the ability to destroy viruses on contact that infect cells in the body while bringing back the immune system. With flu season looming, it is critical to keep some elderberry syrup on hand to offset early symptoms before they progress or knock down flu and respiratory symptoms should they catch you by surprise.
Elderberries Proven Effective Against Viral Issues
A study published in the Journal of Internal Medical Research investigated the efficacy and safety of oral elderberry syrup for treating influenza A and B infections. Sixty patients (aged 18-54 years) suffering from influenza-like symptoms for 48 hours or less were enrolled in the study during the influenza season of 1999-2000 in Norway.
Patients received 15 milliliters of elderberry or placebo syrup four times a day for 5 days, and recorded their symptoms using a visual analogue scale.
Symptoms were relieved on average 4 days earlier and use of rescue medication was significantly less in those receiving elderberry extract compared with placebo.
The research concluded that elderberry extract seems to offer an efficient, safe and cost-effective treatment for influenza, however these findings need to be confirmed in a larger study.
Elderberry Syrup Recipe
This recipe is an easy and quick way to keep a good amount of elderberry syrup on hand as a preventative to take daily during the winter months.
2/3-1c dried black elderberries
3.5c spring water
1 tbsp ginger root (fresh or powdered)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp clove (whole or powdered)
Bring all ingredients to a boil, then simmer on low heat for 45 minutes. Mash the berries down, then strain the pot through a sieve or through a nut milk bag/cheese cloth and squeeze until all liquid is released.
Once this has cooled, add one cup of local, raw organic honey (or glycerin if you’re vegan) to the mixture. Stir and store in your refrigerator for daily use.
— HomeGrown Apothecary (@homegrown_pdx) February 20, 2017