Sunday, February 12, 2017

elderberry syrup

Have you heard of the amazing benefits of elderberry syrup??
Looking for a natural remedy that has a very long history of medicinal use? 

There’s evidence that the elderberry may have been cultivated by prehistoric man. There are also recipes for elderberry-based medications dating back to Ancient Egypt. However, most historians typically trace its healing abilities back to Hippocrates, the ancient Greek known as the “father of medicine,” who described the plant as his “medicine chest” because of the wide array of health concerns it seemed to cure. Whether we’re talking cavemen, ancient Egyptians or ancient Greeks, this natural remedy definitely goes way back, so it’s no wonder it’s known as one of the top antiviral herbs on the planet.
Health benefits of the elder plant include naturally improving colds, the flu, sinus issues, nerve pain, inflammation, chronic fatigue, allergies, constipation and even cancer. When used within the first 48 hours of onset of symptoms, the extract has actually been found to reduce the duration of the flu with symptoms being relieved on an average of four days earlier. During the 1995 Panama flu epidemic, the government actually employed the use of the elderberry to fight the flu.
It gets better. When it comes antioxidant power, elderberry is higher in flavonoids than blueberries, cranberries, goji berries and blackberries. 

I’m sure you’re getting the picture that this medicinal berry is a real powerhouse for good health.
And this syrup is incredibly easy and yummy to boot!
Our boys love it!
Hope you do too!

Elderberry Syrup
Makes about a quart.

Add 2/3 cup dried elderberries to a small saucepan.
Add 3 1/2 cups water and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon.

Add a knob of fresh ginger.
*about one inch long...or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger*

Bring to a boil then simmer for about 45-60 minutes.
Pour through a strainer into a container.
Mash berries until all the juice is squeezed through.

Add 1 cup raw honey.
Mix well.

Keep in fridge and take 1 teaspoon a day (1/2 teaspoon for kiddos) for cold/flu prevention.
Take double the dose for a bad cold and triple the dose (per day) for flu.

Try to only take 4-5 days out of the week and take the last 2-3 days off.
Similarly, only take during cold and flu season and then take the summer months off unless a cold crops up.
Elderberries are strong so you definitely need to regulate your doses.

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