I am going crazy hearing about the epidemic that the flu virus has become here in the United States! Somehow, the Hippy Husband, Syfy, and I have managed to skip out on being sick, so far, this winter season. I would give a large amount of credit to the natural methods I have been employing around our house, to keep germs out. The most awesome naturopathic weapon that I have in my medical kit, is my bottle of Sambucus (an elderberry cold and flu syrup that you can get at the grocery store for around $5.00). This bottle is incredibly small for the price of $5.00. It tells you to take it 2-4 times a day, YIKES! For that much money, I just can’t afford to take it as often as it was suggesting, so I went searching around for my own recipe instead! After researching the ingredients I came up with my own recipe to share with you guys, and it most definitely saves you money too! I only spent $13 on Amazon for 1lb. of dried elderberries.
I added a bag of Yogi Tea Echinacea Immune Support tea to have an added extra immune booster, plus the zest of a lemon will help to detoxify the body faster as well. For a basic elderberry recipe you do not need to add those, I was just trying to make the recipe even better than it already was!
Tip: The honey is added at the end of the process and not during the cooking process because honey keeps its antiviral and antibacterial properties at a certain temperature. As long as you do not boil the honey, but instead add it to the already cooked product, you will not destroy the good viral fighting properties that you are trying to use in your syrup. Also always make sure that your honey is raw and unfiltered, as that is the best kind of honey with healing benefits.
What are the benefits of taking E
Part of the current fascination over elderberries stems from their high antioxidant levels. The USDA has compiled a database on the antioxidants in food and lists elderberries as a standout. Foods are measured by their “ORAC values,” or their Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. Blueberries, a known and popular antioxidant fruit, have a total ORAC value of about 4,700. The total ORAC value of elderberries is 14,700 — the second-highest antioxidant fruit in the database. Elderberries are also very high in Vitamins A and extremely high in Vitamin C and B!
A clinical trial during a severe flu outbreak around 1992-93 in Israel confirmed a perfect cure rate of severe flu victims there. Another study performed in Oslo, Norway more recently, around 2002, also confirmed the amazing efficacy for type A and B flu victims of several different strains. The cures mostly occurred in two days while a few were cured in three days. Tamiflu normally cures the flu in 4.5 to 5 days. It took victims on placebos, 6 days to cure the flu.
In one study published in the Journal of International Medical Research, 90% of Norwegian influenza patients who took the elderberry extract were free of the flu virus within three days, compared to six days for the control group who took placebos. Another study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine found similar results . Both focused on the standardized extract of the black elderberry, Sambucus nigra.
When should I take Elderberry Cold & Flu Syrup?
Whenever anyone around you is getting sick or you start to feel even the slightest tickle in your throat, reach for your Elderberry syrup! If you take it when everyone else around you is getting sick, chances are, it will be much easier for your body to fight off getting sick. Elderberry syrup has been known to fight off Both type A and B flu viruses as well as all types of swine and avian flu.