Used for its antioxidant activity to lower cholesterol, improve vision, boost the immune system, improve heart health and for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and tonsillitis. Elderberry juice was used to treat a flu epidemic in Panama in 1995.
Natural Remedy For Mild Colds And Flu!
Elderberry is used for “the flu” (influenza), H1N1 “swine” flu, HIV/AIDS, and boosting the immune system. It is also used for sinus pain, back and leg pain (sciatica), nerve pain(neuralgia), and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Elderberries are an excellent general immune system booster. The berries contain chemical compounds called anthocyanidins, which are known to have immunostimulant effects. Elderberry extract has been shown to be a safe, efficient and cost-effective treatmentfor both coldand flusymptoms.
Elderberries were listed in the CRC Handbook of Medicinal Herbs as early as 1985, and are listed in the 2000 Mosby’s Nursing Drug reference for colds, flu, yeast infections, nasal and chest congestion, and hay fever. In Israel, Hasassah’s Oncology Lab has determined that elderberry stimulates the body’s immune system and they are treating cancer and AIDS patients with it. The wide range of medical benefits (from flu and colds to debilitating asthma, diabetes, and weight loss) is probably due to the enhancement of each individual’s immune system.
Recipe For Elderberry Syrup!
- 2/3 cup of dried black Elderberries (about 3 ounces)
- 3 ½ cups of water
- 1 cup of raw honey
- 2 tbsps. of fresh or dried ginger root.
- 1 tsp of cinnamon powder.
- ½ tsp of clove powder.
- Pour the water into a pan and add elderberries, cinnamon, ginger and clove powder.
- Bring the mixture to a boil, then cover it and lower to a simmer for about 45
- After that, remove it from heat and let it cool for 10 minutes. The next step is to mash the berries thoroughly using a spoon, and then, pour the mixture into a bowl through a strainer.
- Remove of the elderberries and let the liquid cool until it becomes lukewarm. After that, add the honey and stir well.
Elderberries can be wild crafted and they grow in many places. I always encourage anyone to research and talk to an herbalist before using any wildcrafted herb to make sure that the correct herb is being used in a safe way. Elderberries or other herbs are not a substitute for medical treatment when needed and as always, check with a doctor of health care professional for any illness or before using any remedy.