Elderberry and why you should be taking it during cold and flu season!
Its winter time! We all know what that means, cold and flu season is in full swing and one natural remedy may of us know and trust to get us though is the mighty elderberry. It is the number one thing we sell the most of during cold and flu season. We sell elderberry teas, elderberry capsules, elderberry syrups, and bulk elderberries for those DIY people that make their own concoctions. You may have also heard them called Sambucus which is their scientific name.
But why do we take elderberry during this time of year? Well the berries and the flowers of the elderberry are packed with antioxidants and vitamins that may help boost your immune system to help prevent or get over that cold and flu that gets passed around. It helps that they taste great too, so the little ones think is a treat when I drizzle some over my sons pancakes with a little honey added for sweetness.
But don’t just go out and start eating the raw berries off any Elderberry plant you find. The berries, bark and leaves have been known to cause stomach issues if not prepared correctly. Though the flowers can be eaten raw or cooked.
This year I tried my hand at making my own syrup, using everything we have at the store in our bulk herb section.
Unfortunately, I didn’t measure it all out, I’m an eyeball kind of person when it comes to cooking; But if I had to put it into measurements, I would guess about
- 3½cups water
- 2/3cup organic dried elderberries
- 1TSP ginger powder
- ½ stick of cinnamon
- 1-star Anise
- 4-whole cloves
- 1cup raw honey
I threw everything in a saucepan (except the honey)
Brought it to a boil for about 45 minutes to an hour, depending on how often my son needed me to change cartoons for him, or how many snacks he needed during this cooking time.
Then I just take it off the heat, let it cool, strain the berries out (the left-over berries make great compost for your spring Gardens coming up)
Add in the honey and bottle it up in a mason jar or whatever container you have. Store it in the fridge and that’s it. (This batch makes about 12 fl oz.) Our family takes ½ or 1 teaspoon a day during peak cold and flu season, and if we do get sick, we double that; and while this was relatively easy to make, I still buy the prepared syrup's we sell at the store.
Though if you do make it get creative with it, some people add in apple cider vinegar, garlic, cranberries, echinacea root all of which we sell in bulk and tinctures at the store to help you fight off that cold and flu. Elderberries have other functions to, they can be used as a natural food coloring, body lotions and scrubs, wines and jams.
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Let us know how you use Elderberry for you and your family!
Disclaimer: This post is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure. The statements made have not been evaluated by the FDA. We are not licensed Physicians, we can only tell you of our experiences with it, and the benefits we received from it. That's not to say that you will or will not receive the same effects from it.