How to make elderberry syrup for immune system support

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How khổng lồ make elderberry syrup at trang chủ with dried elderberries, honey, and spices. Plus, discover what you need to lớn know about immune-boosting elderberries.

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This easy elderberry syrup recipe made with dried elderberries, honey, và spices for an immune-boosting and delicious syrup.

What are you doing lớn stay well during cold & flu season? Natural remedies are my first course of action and lately, I’ve been getting lots of questions.

Are elderberries a natural remedy for colds & flu?

Elderberry has been used for immune tư vấn for centuries. However, scientific evidence supporting the benefits of elderberry khổng lồ fight the common cold & influenza is not a slam dunk.

Although there’s some research that elderberry may help reduce flu symptoms, the evidence is not strong enough lớn recommend it as a sole solution khổng lồ cure the flu.

Keep in mind that many syrups, teas, and tinctures contain elderberry extract, elderberry flowers, and other ingredients like echinacea, which can also have an impact on your immune system.

Whatever you take, be sure to tell your health care provider about any alternative or natural approaches you take. You might be able khổng lồ avoid certain interactions by simply letting them know.

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Research on elderberries

Last fall, I got an incredible gift package from one of my favorite supplement makers. The box included a supply of oil of oregano, echinacea, several other supplements, và a tiny bottle of đen elderberry syrup. I was intrigued. But I put it on the shelf for a couple of months as I wasn’t sure I would use it.

Then I came back from Lisbon in late January sick from plane germs. I started taking black elderberry syrup và quickly noticed a difference in how I felt. And lượt thích all colds, it eventually went away but I was convinced that the elderberry syrup played a role in getting me back to lớn normal much faster.

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Research both supports & refutes my little study of one. While there’s not enough evidence khổng lồ reliably say that elderberry extract can help prevent the common cold, some evidence suggests it might help reduce the severity of colds & the duration by as many as 2 days.

This is in line with my experience with whatever I picked up on that long plane ride through two airports from Portugal earlier this year. Since then, I’ve been doing research about elderberries và loving all of the potential benefits.

I wanted to cốt truyện this post many months ago – but it’s finally here – just before cold and flu season really ramps up.

So at this point, you may be wondering…

What are the benefits of elderberry?

Elderberry is getting a lot of attention because clinical research shows that some elderberry extracts, lozenges, may help reduce flu-like symptoms & duration if taken within 48 hours of onset. That does not mean it prevents or cures the flu. Please seek medical attention if you believe you have the flu or if you have any symptoms of the flu.

However, with it’s antiviral & antioxidant properties, đen elderberry may have other benefits. Preliminary research shows that elderberry tea (not what I’m showing here) several times per day may help some people with constipation.

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Are elderberries safe lớn eat?

When I started researching making my own elderberry syrup, I immediately uncovered warnings not lớn eat certain elderberries và to make sure that the ones you buy are safe. Cooked dried đen elderberries are considered safe khổng lồ as long as they are fully cooked and from a reliable and safe source.

According khổng lồ the National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), the leaves, stems, raw và unripe berries & other plant parts of the elder tree are toxic. Avoid those. They also caution against taking large amounts of the elderberry flower since those may also have the same substance present.

In this post, I’m only talking about đen elder (Sambucus nigra L), also called black elderberry or euro Elder. It’s notable that many different parts of the elder tree have been used in traditional medicine for years.

Now that all of that’s out of the way… let’s get on with the easy recipe!

How lớn make homemade elderberry syrup

Homemade elderberry syrup is very easy lớn make. I’m using dried elderberries for this one.You can also cook with fresh black elderberries to make jams, pies, or beverages using the juice or muddled fruit. However, it’s important to lưu ý that these foods may not have the concentration necessary to lớn get the clinical effect of an extract or syrup.

For this recipe, you’ll need water, dried elderberries, fresh ginger, cinnamon sticks, & honey. & it will take just a few steps và about an hour to finish making your own elderberry syrup. Plus, you can make it for a fraction of the cost of buying a bottle of elderberry syrup.

How much elderberry syrup should you take?

This depends on the strength of your elderberry extract or syrup, lozenge, or gummy. I’ve personally found 2 teaspoons per day khổng lồ be helpful when I had an active cold. Again. This is a study of one – me. I cannot tell you how much khổng lồ take – discuss that with your personal health care provider.

Though some people take it daily, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it. It hasn’t been studied for long-term, daily use. But stay tuned, I will be sure to update this post as more information becomes available.

Where lớn buy dried elderberries?

I found my organic dried elderberries at a local health food store. After dropping into the bulk section of a couple of stores with no reward, I called around to see which stores had them in stock. Apparently, Atlantans made a run on elderberries earlier in this season và everyone was sold out. It was nice because I was able to lớn buy a small amount lớn experiment.

It’s easy to lớn find dried elderberries online. I found a few co-ops selling dried elderberries with a range of $20-30/pound, with the higher over being for organic berries. I recommend going to lớn the source instead of buying from an unknown seller on Amazon. The prices over there are inflated too.

If you’ve made it this far down, the recipe is coming right up. But I also wanted to cốt truyện the article I wrote a couple of years with some tips on fighting cold và flu naturally.

Be sure to tag me on Instagramwhen you make this elderberry syrup & share your thoughts on staying well naturally in the comments!