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Last week the kiddo came home from school more tired than usual. Within an hour of being home, he started complaining that his whole body ached and suddenly without warning his temperature shot up through the roof. With the news constantly talking about all the flu cases in my area, and my personal social media page full of friends and family members that are down for the count, I knew immediately that he had come down with the flu.
Elderberry is my go-to when the flu hits my home
If you have been reading my blog for a long while, you likely already know about my love for elderberry syrup whenever any illness hits our home, but if you haven't heard of elderberry syrup yet, you definitely need to make some and try it out! An age-old remedy in the herbalism world, elderberry syrup has become mainstream enough that you can find it at your local grocery store or natural foods stores, though it will cost you a pretty penny in comparison to making it yourself! Elderberry syrup is fantastic at shortening the length of illness by supporting your immune system to defeat the virus faster. It's also really great for pre-exposure immune boosting, such as before traveling through an airport or when everyone else around you is sick and you don't want to catch it!
Elderberry syrup has been clinically proven to work better than Tamiflu
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 Complementary Medicine found similar results. Both focused on the standardized extract of the black elderberry, Sambucus nigra.
My kiddo is pickier than most
You would think by the response that my kiddo gives when I try to get him to take his elderberry syrup, that it's seriously the grossest thing ever, but in fact, it's actually super tasty by itself. It tastes like a berry and spice syrup and is really good when poured on crepes or pancakes, but alas my picky child thinks otherwise. Don't take his word for it because he thinks that mashed potatoes are gross too and I don't ever trust the opinion of someone who hates mashed potatoes! lol. If for some reason your child is like mine, or you just want more ways to get elderberry into your kiddo's diet, these gummies are the perfect option! I have also been known to add elderberry syrup to my Flowerchild Immune Support Electrolyte Popsicles too!
Elderberry Orange Immune Support Gummy Snacks
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup elderberry syrup
- 1/4 cup raw unfiltered honey or maple syrup
- 1/4 cup grass fed gelatin
- fun silicon molds (I like the Gummy Bears, Dinosaurs, Hearts, Stars, and Shells)
- Combine the orange juice and elderberry syrup in a small saucepan and heat over low heat. When the mixture has reached a WARM (but not boiling) state, whisk in honey/maple until melted.
- When the honey/maple is melted, whisk in the gelatin until it is dissolved completely.
- Pour into molds and refrigerate for 1 hour.
- Enjoy! These will keep in your fridge for 2 weeks! They are more the consistency of gummy snacks and are able to go in baggies in your kid's lunches!
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