You have seen this news story, right?
You know, the one talking about how terrible this new superbug H1N1 flu virus is, and how many folks have ended up in the hospital, and are terribly sick?
How it only takes 18 of the viral germs to get sick instead of the regular 100o with the standard flu?
It is no laughing matter, and certainly something to pay attention to and boost your immune system as much as possible!!!! So I am happy today is the very first Wellness Wednesday of the year, and to be able to give you this recipe!
I wanted to share with you something we have been doing around our house very recently, that I can certainly attest to as shortening colds and flu-symptoms. I noticed immediately a difference in my kids sniffles and the duration of the flu-like virus that passed through here around the middle of December. I also noticed that I had been taking this simple syrup longer than the rest of family (after all, I am the guinea pig first, each and every time), and my illness lasted less than a day, while everyone else was struggling for three or four.
Frankly, it works. It may not keep you from getting sick, but I can tell you, it most certainly is going to help with the duration of it.
Elderberry Â and Garlic are well known for their germ fighting abilities, Cinnamon boosts your blood flow and helps cleanse blood from toxins, Ginger is a potent bacterial fighter, and Honey is what not only makes everything taste good, but also helps your immune system stand strong in the face of an onslaught of a nasty virus or bacteria.
Take 1 Tbs of this daily if you are over 12, and 1 tsp of this daily if you are under 12. Babies under a year should not have it due to the honey mixed in. Take it during the week and give your body a break during the weekend.
If you feel the flu or other nasties coming on, take your daily dose every 3 hours until the symptoms are relieved. You can find links below on the efficiency and powerhouse potency behind Elderberries.
You can purchase Elderberries Here, which ends up also, in a small way, supporting our family as an affiliate link. They also carry everything listed in the recipe except the honey.
May you Be Safe and Blessed this coming New Year!
To make: Add all ingredients but Honey into a non-reactive pan.
Heat to a boil, and turn down, then simmer for 45 minutes.
Strain out all debris and allow liquid to cool.
Stir in honey until completely dissolved.
Bottle and place in fridge. If you have a very cold, dark place, this can also be stored there for a couple months. Keeps very well in either place for up to three months. Makes around 2 1/2 cups syrup.
Use for five days, then take two days off to give your body a chance to remain effective and renewing itself.
Here is the image of the Label I used for mine, please feel free to copy/paste/print it. 🙂
This is awesome! I need to get some of that started. We’ve been keeping Muccococinum on hand, and it does a really good job, but because it is a homeopathic it can give us short term symptoms of the flu and make us feel a little queasy. It would be nice to have something we made ourselves on hand for when the ickies hit. Thanks! Happy New Year!
Thank you for the wonderful recipe! I’ve been looking into more natural medicines and think this will be the first thing we try!
Could fresh garlic and fresh ginger be substituted instead of the powder?
what dosage per day?
It is listed in the article. 1 tsp per day for a child, 1 Tbs per day for an adult.
Thanks for stopping by.
Is the 1 c of elderberries dried elderberries or fresh/frozen? My recipe calls for dried elderberries so I double it when I use mine that are frozen….would that be right?
I use dried elderberries. 🙂
I have been making and using the elderberries that grow in my pasture for the past several years.. I recently harvested 3 grocery bags full, that are currently in my freezer, as i haven’t had a chance to get to them yet. I dry them as well as prepare a “flu” syrup. Elderberry is a necessity in my Cold and Flu arsenal. A few years ago, when the “Swine” flu was in full swing, a couple we knew took a trip to NYC, which is where the first cases of this flu was detected in our area. I thought nothing of it when i visited their house over Easter to bring them some goodies, as everyone was sick. Well they got the Swine flu and i picked it up from them. It came on very fast and hard. The morning began with a YUCKY feeling and within a few hours i had a temp well over 102, and felt like i had been hit with a truck. I began taking my elderberry syrup. Every few hours i would get up take a tablespoon then I would then go back to bed. By that evening my fever had broke and by the next day i felt much better, although not back to my old self. I began taking it 3-4 times a day and by the third day i felt great again. I called my friends to see how they were doing, all were still sick, mind you: it had been almost two weeks they had been sick and now she needed to take her son to the ER for Pneumonia. I quickly made up a batch and brought it to them, they began taking it and within a day they all started feeling better. What an amazing Blessing God has placed in my backyard…