Flu or cold is a common discomfort that is associated mostly with the changing of the seasons, especially when your immune system is low. For mild symptoms, over the counter drugs are easily accessible.
Only that certain medications or chemicals can have adverse reactions in our bodies. That is, suffering from side effects is possible.
Turning to natural remedies can be our best option. For this, one herbal remedy is seen to protect you from the seasonal flu or colds: the elderberries.
Elderberries’ abundant supply of nutrients boost the immune system as well as treat cold and flu effectively. While the elderberries can be prepared in many ways, the syrup is proven to be most effective.
Health Benefits of Elderberry
- Elderberry fruit is rich in vitamins A, B, and C, which strengthens the immune system.
- It contains complex sugars that are good for the immune system too.
- It has been scientifically proven to penetrate deep into your healthy cells and protect them.
- It prevents infections.
- The syrup form has been proven to help patients feel much better after 3 days of intake.
How to Prepare Elderberry Syrup
- 1 cup of raw honey (maple syrup or nutrient-rich molasses can be used as substitutes)
- 2 tablespoons of dried or fresh ginger root
- ½ teaspoon of cloves (clove powder)
- 3½ cups of water
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
- ⅔ of a cup of black Elderberries (dried)
- Pour the water into a pot.
- Add all ingredients except honey.
- Boil the mixture.
- Allow simmering for 40 minutes.
- Turn off the heat.
- Allow the mixture to cool down.
- Once cooled, mashed the berries.
- Strain the liquid.
- Add honey and stir to mix.
For adults – ½ to 1 tablespoon
For children – ½ to 1 teaspoon
The elderberry syrup can be used as a treatment for flu and colds, or could also be used as a substitute for any sweetener in other recipes.
This syrup can stay in the fridge for several weeks but can be kept for months if stored in a jar that has an air-tight lid.
If you consider planting elderberries, it’s wise to consult an herbalist for the proper type of plant. When harvesting, pick only the berries as the leaves and stems could be hazardous.
But if planting your own elderberry isn’t an option, ordering either from Amazon or Mountain Rose Herbs is easy.
If what you find in the market is only the powdered form of elderberries and not the dried ones, you still can use it. Instead of ⅔ of a cup of the ingredients, make it ½ of a cup.
Take note, though, you cannot reuse the elderberries since the beneficial nutrients are eliminated after the boiling process.