About 15 yrs ago, my husband and I purchased the property where we are currently living. Since then, we have foraged some amazing vegetation on our property. My favorite is the elderberries. These little berries have powerful health benefits. I harvest them in the fall and make a fresh batch of tincture for the coming cold and flu season. You can pick up elderberry juice, tincture or jelly at most health food stores if you are unable to forage them yourself. You can also make your own cold and flu elderberry syrup by purchasing dried elderberries online. This simple recipe tastes good enough for the kids to enjoy as well.
In 1995, elderberry juice was used to treat the Panama flu epidemic. Elderberries have antiviral and antibacterial properties that help with colds and flu viruses. They are also high in antioxidants, which help our immune systems fight off viruses.
Our family was exposed to the swine flu in 2009 and had only minor symptoms. We all took our elderberry tincture. This convinced me that it helped us not become extremely ill. It’s always important to remember hand washing, healthy diet, good sleep habits and a healthy lifestyle can help you avoid viruses.
- 2/3 Cup of Dried Elderberries
- 3 1/2 Cups of Purified Water
- 1 Cup of Raw Honey
- 2 Tsp of Fresh Ginger
- Place water, elderberries, and ginger in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Lower the heat and simmer for one hour.
- Let cool until lukewarm. Strain liquid into mason jar & add honey. Mix well.
If you are taking to boost your immune system take once a day. If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms take 2-3 times a day. Child dosage .5 -1 Tsp for an adult dosage .5-1 Tbsp.