Elderberry is a time tested remedy for cold and flu. The healing property of elderberry is primarily attributed to the anti-inflammatory and anti-viral activities of its bioactive constituents. Elderberry is an excellent decongestant. It reduces swelling of sinuses, thereby providing relief from nasal congestion. Experimental studies have shown that elderberry helps in destroying influenza and swine flu viruses. It can also help in providing relief from bacterial infection of the sinuses. Clinical studies have shown that elderberry helps in providing fast relief from cold and flu.
To Fight Cold And Flu With Elderberry, You Can Use It In The Following Ways:
Elderberry And Honey Syrup
The elderberry and honey combination is an excellent recipe for alleviating symptoms of respiratory infections. To prepare the syrup you will need a cup of fully ripe fresh elderberries or half a cup of dried elderberries, half a cup of organic honey and two cups of water.
How To Make
Put the berries in a pan. Pour water and bring the water to a boil. When the water begins to boil, reduce the heat and cook the berries on low heat for 30 minutes. Remove the pan from the burner and strain the juice. In a separate bowl, mash the cooked berries. Put the mashed berries on cheesecloth and squeeze to extract the juice. Pour the elderberry juice in a clean and dry mason jar. Add the honey and mix well.
How To Take
Adults can take one tablespoon of elderberry syrup 2 to 3 times a day and children can be given a teaspoon of the syrup.
Elderberry Syrup With Herbs And Spices
To further boost the healing property of elderberry syrup, you can include a variety of herbs and spices to the syrup recipe. Ginger, thyme, cloves and cinnamon are common ingredients in homemade syrups for fighting cold and flu. The anti-inflammatory, analgesic, decongestant and antibacterial properties of these herbs and spices help in providing fast relief from the respiratory infections.
How To Make
In a pan pour four cups of water and a cup of dried elderberries. When the water starts boiling, reduce the heat and add two tablespoons of grated ginger, two tablespoons of thyme, a tablespoon of cinnamon powder and half a teaspoon of ground cloves. Simmer for 30 minutes and then strain the mixture. Mash the berries to extract all the juices. Add a cup of honey to the syrup and mix well.