There is certainly a time and a place for conventional medicine and doctors visits. Unfortunately, there isn’t much that conventional medicine can do for a common cold or even a mild case of the flu.

If you or your child has ever had a rough case of the common cold or the flu, you know how miserable it can be. Luckily, nature provides some remedies that can help avoid minor illnesses and shorten the duration if you do get them.

Black elderberries (Sambucus nigra) have been shown to help avoid these illnesses and speed recovery in those who already have them.



Benefits of Elderberry

Elderberries naturally contain A, B, and C and stimulate the immune system. Elderberries also contain a flavonoid ( a natural antioxidant found in plants) called anthocyanin which is a powerful immune-booster.

Moreover, Israeli researchers found that the complex sugars in elderberries support the immune system in fighting cold and flu. According to researchers, elderberry disables the enzyme viruses use to penetrate healthy cells in the lining of the nose and throat.

In addition to being beneficial to those with the flu (influenza), elderberry can be helpful for those with HIV/AIDS, sinus pain, sciatica (back/leg pain), neuralgia (nerve pain), and chronic fatigue syndrome.



Elderberry syrup provides the concentrated immune-supporting benefits of black elderberries in a great-tasting way. Also, since elderberry syrup is a natural remedy, it doesn’t have the harmful side-effects that pharmaceutical flu medications, like Tamiflu, would have.

Elderberry syrup recipe

Ingredients:

1/2 cup dried black Elderberries

3 cups of water

2 tablespoons fresh or dried ginger root

1 teaspoon cinnamon powder

1/2 teaspoon cloves or clove powder

1 cup raw, organic honey

Instructions:

Bring the elderberries, water, and spices to a boil (do not add honey). Allow to simmer for 20-30 minutes. Remove from heat and cool. Strain out solids (elderberries and spices). Discard the solids. Let cool just a bit (so the enzymes in the honey aren’t destroyed when you add it) and then add honey and stir until well mixed. Elderberries are very bitter, so the honey is a very necessary ingredient!



How to use:

Recommended dose for kids is 1 teaspoon and for adults 1 tablespoon of the syrup. If the flu does strike, take the normal dose every 3 hours until symptoms disappear.



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