Many symptoms connected to colds and flus are effectively treated with this tiny berry. Coughs, fevers and sinus infections all bow to elder’s healing touch. This makes elderberry a rare herb as it not only prevents infection but also treats the infection after it’s taken hold.
Elder is an important herb for the immune system, but it needs to be used as a daily supplement. Elder constituents do not cling to the tissue, which means daily treatment is not only safe but necessary to block viruses. It doesn’t overtax the immune system or cause imbalances in the digestive tract that allow yeast infections to take hold, either, making it safe for daily consumption.
Elderberry is best for flu and symptoms of flu. It stimulates the immune system.
Elderberries are packed with nutrients including minerals like iron, potassium, phosphorus, and copper, as well as vitamins A, B, and C, as well as dietary fiber. This powerful berry is antiviral, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, astringent, and alterative.
Use elderberry for:
Taking your daily medicine as this syrup is not like taking other medicines at all. This syrup is delicious and you won’t have to hold your family down to get them to take it.
You start with the basic ingredients and then you can add the options if you wish. I like to make ours with elderberries, elderflowers, and ginger. But the other options make your syrup even better and more healing. I add rose hips when the flu season is on. When my husband gets a deep “bronchial” cough, I add elecampane root.
Benefits for other ingredients:
Standard dose is 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp for kids and 1/2 Tbsp to 1 Tbsp for adults. If the flu does strike, we take the normal dose every 2-3 hours instead of once a day until symptoms disappear.
Store in refrigerator up to 3 months, but it’s usually all gone by then.
Women breast-feeding or pregnant should avoid elderberries to be safe. A better choice may be Ginger Syrup. Do not give honey to your child under one year. Please do your own research before taking any herbs or natural remedies.
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Lisa Ray, Herbalist
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