Elderberries have many benefits, and this elderberry syrup recipe contains just seven ingredients – several of which support immune health.
Benefits of Elderberry (Sambucus nigra)
Elderberries have been known for hundreds of year as a super immune booster; and research shows that not only was Elderberry “shown to be effective in vitro against 10 strains of influenza virus” but it reduced “the duration of flu symptoms to 3-4 days.” Additional research supporting the health benefits of elderberry products can be found here.
Not only does this syrup contain elderberries, but it also contains five other ingredients that support immune health.
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Dried Elderberries: small berries that are packed with immune boosting properties such as antioxidants and vitamins.
Echinacea: a flowering plant that has been used for centuries to fight illness–research shows it can help increase white blood cells which help the body’s immune system fight infection.
Cinnamon: a spice that’s been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes. Cinnamon has high levels of antioxidants and is also an anti-inflammatory.
Cloves: a spice that is high in antioxidants and has been shown to have antiviral and antimicrobial properties.
Turmeric root: a plant that is related to ginger, that has been used medicainally to treat many conditions, such as breathing issues, rheumatism, pain, and fatigue
Honey: research indicates that honey can exert several health-beneficial effects including “antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antidiabetic, respiratory, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, and nervous system protective effects”
Dosing: Children age 12 months and up should take 1 teaspoon daily, and 2-3 times per day when showing signs of illness. Adults should take 1 tablespoon daily, and 2-3 times per day when showing signs of illness. Please note: This recipe should not be given to infant under one year of age as it contains honey. You can substitute honey for blackstrap molasses for similar health benefits.
For additional information about ways to keep your family healthy with more natural remedies please refer to this post
DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor and this is not medical advice. Before using any medicine, whether traditional or modern, please speak to your healthcare provider to make sure it is right for you. Stay healthy friends!
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