Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) is a beautiful black berry found in clusters coming off of a red stem. When made into syrup, these beautiful berries are thought to be effective in the warding off of cold and flu in the winter months. Research has shown that Elderberry is more effective as a treatment for Influenza A and B. “Elderberry flavonoids inhibit H1N1 to roughly the same degree as tamiflu and amantadine*”.
Read this 2002 study for further information on elderberry extract and influenza.
A popular elderberry syrup recipe is found below.In the late fall, begin using a teaspoon of this syrup three times a week. But, if you should fall ill with the flu, use three teaspoons three times a day, to help shorten the course of the illness and decrease symptoms.
1 cup fresh organic or half cup dried organic elderberries
3 cups water
1 cup raw organic honey
1 cinnamon stick
3 tablespoons shaved ginger
Place all the ingredients, except for the homey in a medium saucepan and simmer for 45 minutes or until the liquid is reduce by 1/3.Remove from heat, let cool and strain the solids. While liquid is still warm, add honey and stir to incorporate.
Keep refrigerated in a glass container. Safe for children and adults.
*Tieraona Lowdog MD, Seasonal Therapeutics:Winter