Updated: Apr 11
Elderberries have long been known for their immune support, and are exactly the kind of herbal supplement your family should be using, to help aid in fighting against the spread of cold and flu.
According to Medical News Today, elderberries are “the fruit of the Sambucus tree," and have long been known for their natural immune-boosting properties when taken daily. My family takes elderberry syrup, which I make at home, on a regular basis. I find it is especially crucial for me since I work with kids regularly, so I am constantly exposed to tiny kid germs, lol.
According to a medical study,
“Symptoms were relieved on average 4 days earlier.....[prior to those patients who didn't receive elderberry treatment, and] Elderberry extract seemed to offer an efficient, safe and cost-effective treatment for influenza.”
Elderberries have a host of benefits beyond boosting the immune system, some of them being:
helping to fight cold and flu symptoms
help with improving respiratory issues
antioxidant and antiviral properties
high level of flavanoids, which help to protect healthy cells from harmful free radicals
high levels of vitamin A and fiber content
As I stated above, I have created my own elderberry syrup recipe, for my family and I.
However, if you want to try your hand at making your own recipes using elderberries, I have listed some recipes below that might work.
Elderberry Syrup Recipe
You can also buy dried elderberries from this site.
Fun for kids, and good for them!
I hope you found this post helpful, and if you try any of the recipes, let me know in the comments, how they work out for you.