Flu Season and Elderberries

You can make this delicious tea in only a few minutes and adjust the flavors to your taste. It has a naturally sweet flavor on its own from the elderberries, but a small amount of raw honey can be added for flavor if needed.

I like adding herbs like cinnamon and turmeric for flavor and added benefits, but these aren’t necessary either if they aren’t your thing. If you don’t like the flavor of elderberry alone, you can make this with an herbal tea bag like chamomile to mellow out the flavor.

Elderberries, or Sambuca/Sambucus nigra, are lovely little black, blue and purple berries with a myriad of health and healing benefits proven to help ease a cough, cold or fever. (Just don’t eat the red berries {Sambucus racemosa}, which come from another species and are toxic unless cooked).

There are many ways to take your elderberry medicine

Elderberry tea containing just 1-3 teaspoons of steeped Elderberries per cup can help loosen phlegm and allow you to breathe easier during a cold. While both the flowers and berries can be used, the berries have a light sweet flavor, almost reminiscent of a blueberry, and the berry flavor can be further enhanced with a teaspoon of raw honey which even little kids sick with the flu and no appetite seem to love.

When purchased in bulk elderberries are a very affordable option for boosting the ‘ol immune system at the change of seasons.

A 1 pound bag of dried berries will last you a long time. These organic elderberries from Frontier come highly recommended.

This delicious immune-boosting homemade elderberry tea is made with dried elderberries, herbs and spices.

Elderberry Tea

Ingredients

• 16 ounces of filtered water

• 2 tablespoons dried elderberries

• 1/4 tsp cinnamon

• 1/2 tsp turmeric powder

• 1 tsp raw honey optional

Instructions

1 First, put the water and elderberries into a small saucepan.

2 Add turmeric and cinnamon.

3 Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes. This helps bring out the beneficial properties of the elderberries.

4 Remove from heat and let cool for about 5 minutes.

5 Finally, strain through a fine mesh strainer and pour into individual mugs.

6 Stir in raw honey (if using).

7 If you prefer to drink this cool, pour into a mason jar and allow to cool, then refrigerate until cold.

How to Make Elderberry Syrup

Elder syrup has been a popular European upper respiratory infection fighter for years and is steadily gaining in popularity in other parts of the world.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup (adlink) dried elderberries

4 cups water

2 tbsp cinnamon (for extra immune boosting power)

1 cup honey

Directions:

1. Bring elderberries, water and cinnamon to a boil.

2. Reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes – until liquid reduces by half.

3. Strain elderberries from the liquid, giving those berries a good smoosh to get all that potent yumminess out.

4. Drain liquid into glass bottle and add honey.

4. Sign, seal and deliver…. shake to mix well and refrigerate.

**This is not medical advice or prescribing , this us something I do to help my immune boost, always talk to your doctor before using any herbs.

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  1. Thanks for the information and advises🙏👍😊 i am really interested in healthy life style , Furthermore this time of seasons are required to back our immun system up so that we dont easily got sick .. Do keep blogging! Best

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