On Monday, February 5th, 2018, The Center for Disease Control released the latest flu statistics and said “the peak is still to come.” At that time the influenza activity was widespread in 48 states and “was increasing overall.” I know all of my friends have been sick and each one has had second attacks and even third attacks of the virus. I don’t know how I’ve escaped it, but I am not letting up with my preventive measures. Today let’s talk elderberries.
The dried berries of the Sambucis Nigra plant (elderberries) are naturally high in immune-boosting compounds that are specifically shown to help beat the cold and flu more quickly. It is packed with antioxidants, fights bacteria and virus, and even helps with allergies and sinus problems. It has also been used for arthritis. Several studies have indicated that this centuries-old folk remedy did in fact relieve flu symptoms. One study concluded, “Elderberry extract seems to offer an efficient, safe and cost-effective treatment for influenza. These findings need to be confirmed in a larger study.”
The most commonly used remedy is the simple elderberry syrup. You can find the commercial products in the drug store, online such as Amazon and many other stores. I urge you to purchase a good elderberry syrup or to make your own with the dried berries and begin taking it daily for the rest of the flu season.
If you are a gardener, try growing elderberries and make all kinds of wonderful home remedies with the berries. Use twice the amount of fresh berries for the syrup. Garden.org has a wonderful post on growing elderberries . Wellness Mama has a great post on How To Use Elderberry Herb as a Natural Remedy.
Today’s recipe includes dried elderberries, fresh ginger, cinnamon and raw local honey. Each adds to the potency of the syrup as well as its good taste. Why make your own? 1. How much elderberry is put in a commercial product? Be sure and read the labels and compare. 2. At $48 for 16 oz. of syrup it’s not cheap. You can buy 1 lb. of Frontier organic dried elderberries for about $42.00. That makes 4 batches.
Please note that I’ve included raw honey in the recipe as it has its own benefits for the body and tastes great. If you have children under the age of 2, do not give them this syrup with honey. Make a syrup with organic sugar for young children. Raw honey should not be given to children under 2.
If you catch the flu, see your doctor as soon as possible. There have been too many deaths from this nasty bug this winter. See your physician, tell him your symptoms and the home remedies you’re using.
- 4 slices fresh ginger (or 2 tablespoons dried ginger root)
- 1 cup dried organic elderberries or 2 cups fresh elderberries
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1/2 fresh organic lemon and its juice
- 6 whole cloves
- 4 cups filtered water
- 1 cup raw local honey
- Put all ingredients except honey in saucepan
- Bring to a boil
- Lower heat to simmer for 45 minutes to an hour
- Fluid should reduce by 1/2
- Remove from heat
- Let cool to warm to less than 110°F (43°C)
- Mash berries with a fork to get all juice out
- Strain and throw away berries and seeds
- Add honey and stir well
- Pour into glass bottle with lid and store in fridge
- Should be good for 2 to 3 weeks if refrigerated
- Take daily during flu season
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon daily for children over 2 during flu season
- 1/2 to 1 tablespoon daily for adults during flu season
- When sick, adults take 1 tablespoon every 4 hours
- Sick children over 2 take 1 teaspoon every 4 hours
Thanks for coming by. Wishing you good health and happiness!
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