Looking for a natural way to boost immunity? Want to keep those coughs and colds from getting out of hand? Elderberry syrup is so simple to make and tasty to boot. I never have trouble getting the littles to have a sip. And in my opinion, it’s a great idea to know how to take care of our bodies without having to run to the doctor for every illness and owie. You never know when you may not have access to a professional.
Here’s a snapshot of some of the benefits of Elderberries From HerbWisdom.com: Elderberry is used for its antioxidant activity, to lower cholesterol, to improve vision, to boost the immune system, to improve heart health and for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and tonsillitis. Bioflavonoids and other proteins in the juice destroy the ability of cold and flu viruses to infect a cell. Elderberries were listed in the CRC Handbook of Medicinal Herbs as early as 1985, and are listed in the 2000 Mosby’s Nursing Drug reference for colds, flu, yeast infections, nasal and chest congestion, and hay fever.
We don’t have wild growing elderberries in our neck of the woods. I’ve planted a few bushes around the Funny Little Farm but they are young and have yet to produce a bumper crop. I usually go ahead and order organic Elder%20Berries Whole Organic – 1 lb,(Frontier)dried ones online.
All you need to do is take 2 cups of water and 1 cup of elderberries and simmer them in a pot for about 40 minutes. Strain out the berries and add a sweetener if you so choose. I add 1/2 cup honey. Store this in a lidded container in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
In our house we take 1 Tablespoon a day for healthy adults, and 1 teaspoon a day for healthy kids. If we have a cold or flu we take 1 dose in the morning and 1 in the evening.
In good health,
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