Flu Fighting Elderberry Syrup

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Flu Fighting Elderberry Syrup

When it comes to natural healing, there are some pretty colorful Folk Remedies that give pause to the idea of self help. Take for example, using dirty socks to cure a sore throat , or turpentine for curing shingles. How about eating chocolate dipped garlic to cure memory loss? O.k., I might try that one since it involves chocolate. Those are pretty colorful ideas for regaining your health but unfortunately for those searching for a cure, they have also been debunked. However, in the case of elderberries, this powerful plant has been used for centuries to cure many ailments with great success.

The famous Greek Physician, Hippocrates, also considered the “father of medicine”, is known for many famous quotes such as,

– “Our food should be our medicine and our medicine should be our food.”
– “The greatest medicine of all is teaching people not to need it.”
– “If someone wishes for good health, one must first ask oneself if he is ready to do away with the reasons for his illness. Only then is it possible to help him.

Hypocrites had great wisdom in his understanding of food and how it plays an important role in the healing or our destruction of our bodies. However, did you know that the great physician also had something to say about Elderberries? He called this incredible plant, his “medicine chest” because of the enormous healing properties built into each tiny berry. When made into an elderberry syrup, it proves to be one of the most effective natural remedies available today. Here are a few of the benefits of elderberry syrup, also known as Sambuccol.

Make your own elderberry syrup

Boosts the Immune System
Help your body fight disease. Elderberries are a rich source of vitamins A and C, which are crucial in helping the body maintain optimal health. Plus, the elderberry syrup boost the body’s immune system. A daily dose can assist you in preventing both acute and chronic disease.

Treats Upper Respiratory Infections
Fight your cold symptoms. Elderberry syrup makes colds and other upper respiratory symptoms more tolerable by reducing mucous secretions, swelling of the respiratory passages, soothes a cough.

Fight the Flu
Shorten your flu symptoms. Common flu symptoms may go away faster if you take elderberry syrup during the flu. According to a study in the Journal of International Medical Research, patients given elderberry syrup
recovered an average of 4 days faster from the flu than those not taking the supplement. Elderberries have even been shown in the labs to help prevent swine and avian flu strains.

Those are all pretty impressive reasons to add elderberries to your natural medicine cabinet. The good news is now you can make your own fresh, healthy elderberry syrup in under an hour, and for pennies of what it would cost you to purchase the expensive manufactured version called Sambuccol, at your local health food store. Made from dried elderberries, fresh ginger, cloves and cinnamon sticks, this juice is not only super healthy, it’s also super delicious. Now that’s sounds a whole lot better than wrapping a pair of dirty socks around your next to cure a sore throat! You’re welcome.

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Flu Fighting Elderberry Syrup Yum
Made with dried elderberries, fresh ginger, cloves and cinnamon sticks, elderberry syrup is a safe, delicious, immune-boosting treatment for both cold and flu symptoms.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
pints jars
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
pints jars
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In medium pot, add elderberries, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, and water.
  2. Boil on high, reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. While syrup is simmering, place honey into a glass bowl large enough to hold 6 cups of liquid.
  4. Place mesh strainer over bowl and pour contents of pan into strainer. Remove cinnamon sticks and discard.
  5. Using a large spoon, press berries into strainer removing as much of the liquid as possible. Discard berries or set aside to use for making elderberry tea.
  6. Stir liquid and honey together until dissolved. Pour elderberry syrup into pint jars and refrigerate.
Recipe Notes

Idea:
- Take 1 tablespoon elderberry syrup per day for optimal health.
- Take 2 tablespoons syrup per day, 2-3 times per day when ill to speed up healing and recovery of colds and flu symptoms.
-Refrigerate and use within 30 days.

Recipe on www.culinarybutterlfly.com

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