The most commonly used remedies for colder days are elderberries which are packed with immune-boosting substances which accelerate your recovery from cold and flu. Elderberries can be used differently to create various remedies, but the elderberry syrup is one of the best.
Remedy for Mild Colds and Flu
In case of a mild case of flu most people turn to conventional medicine, but the truth is that conventional doctors cannot do pretty much about it.
In case had a tough case of cold or flu, you know how it bad it can be. Fortunately Mother Nature has provided us with natural remedies which help prevent and alleviate minor illnesses.
Black elderberries prevent and accelerate the recovery time of cold and flu, also help relieve discomfort during minor illnesses as well.
Benefits of Elderberry
Elderberries abound in vitamins like A,B, and C, all of which boost the immune system. The complex sugars in elderberries stimulate the immune system in combating cold and flu , according to a team of Israeli researchers . They found a few formulas based on these sugars which have been shown to relieve all kinds of cold and flu.
According to Dr. Madeleine Mumcuoglu, of Hadassah-Hebrew University, elderberry disarms the enzyme viruses use to penetrate healthy cells in the lining of the nose and throat. When taken before infection, it prevents infection. When taken after infection, it prevents spread of the virus through the respiratory tract. About 20% of study subjects reported significant improvement within 24 hours, and 70% by 48 hours, and 90% confirmed complete cure in three days. Opposite to this subjects receiving the placebo required 6 days to recover.
Elderberry Syrup Recipe for Flu Prevention
- 2 tablespoons fresh or dried ginger root
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- 1 cup raw honey
- 3½ cups of water
- ⅔ cup dried black Elderberries
- ½ teaspoon cloves or clove powder
You should pour the water in a saucepan and add the rest of the ingredients, except for the honey
Boil and simmer for forty minutes
After that remove from heat, let it cool, and mash the berries.
Strain it and leave the liquid cool
Then add the honey and stir!
Adults: ½ tablespoon to 1 tablespoon
Kids: ½ teaspoon to 1 teaspoon
How long does elderberry syrup last in the fridge?
In case you keep it in a canning jar with an air-tight seal it can last up to a few months. Generally, this syrup lasts about a few weeks in the fridge.
Can I harvest my own elderberries?
You should work with a herbalist to find the right plant and also ensure that you harvest only the berries, as the leaves and stems could be dangerous.
The best place to order elderberries are Mountain Rose Herbs and Amazon.
What is Elderberry syrup used for?
This syrup can be taken as preventative measure against cold and flu. You can take about half a teaspoon to teaspoon daily. Use as a substitute for sweetener in recipes.
Is there a substitute for honey in Elderberry syrup?
There are alternatives that include nutrient rich molasses and maple syrup so you should omit the sweetener, though.
Can I use powdered Elderberries?
You can use about half a cup in the recipe instead of 2/3.
Can the Elderberries be reused?
To reuse the elderberries is not recommended, first consuming them in large amounts can be problematic and also the boiling removes much of their nutrients.