One powerful berry that will keep the flu away
Flu season is well in full swing and everywhere you turn there are people coughing and sneezing their lungs out. Some have even lost their lives due to this nasty virus, may they rest in peace. This makes it even more scarier thinking you could possibly be next in line.
As a mom there are times I don’t even want my boys going out the door and want to do whatever possible to shield them from colds and flus. However, in reality, it’s not possible because you can’t get them to stop living their lives. So I do the next best thing by feeding them healthy foods, get them on a good supplement to keep their immune system strong, and I make this powerful tea for them to sip on.
This is what I’ve used year after year since they were little and to date, it has either kept the flu away or has cut their sick time in half, and not allowing it get to a very severe state. I learned about this powerful berry from a friend years ago and as I did some research, I found out it was the same berry they used during the yellow fever outbreak in Panama. It made this berry even more special because that is the county that I’m from and we had to be vaccinated with the yellow fever shots year after year.
This little power berry is the Elderberry. It’s the fruit of the flowering plant known as Sambucus, more commonly referred to as elder or elderflower. Some of the berries from the Sambucus can be toxic, so it’s wise to be knowledgeable about this berry if you venture out into the wild to pick some. I normally get mine from a reliable source whether it’s in a supplement form or the dried berry itself make sure it’s the one that can be consumed. Dried elderberry is always best when cooked and boiled in water to make a delicious tea.
If you’re wondering what these miracle berries do, well let me tell you a few of the many benefits. It aids in digestion, it clears up a sore throat, colds, cough or any other issue that affects your respiratory system. It contains an active ingredient that can soothe inflammation, irritations and also acts as an expectorant. Some doctors recommend elderberry for asthma. It’s a great immune booster and what I like best is elderberries can protect against the effects of autoimmune disorders and can possibly alleviate certain symptoms. Besides that there are other many wonderful benefits like improving bone strength, preventing or lessening wrinkles. So who wouldn’t want to consume elderberry.
Besides taking an Elderberry Supplement, below is one of my favorite recipes that I’ve used when a cough starts to circulate in our home. When you combine these berries with other powerhouse fruits and herbs, it makes a good cough syrup to clear the mucus and open airways.
3 cups of filtered water
4-5 Slices of Ginger including the outer skin
1 cinnamon stick or 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
½ cup dried Elderberries
4-5 whole cloves or 3 drops of clove bud essential oil
½ of a fresh lemon (cut in slices)
1 tbsp. Organic local Raw Honey (optional)
Boil the water in a saucepan first. If you do not have distilled water you can use tap water, but instead use 4 cups and boil it really good first for about 20 minutes before adding the ingredients.
Once you have a good boiling going toss in the ginger, cinnamon, dried elderberries, cloves and lemon. Boil it for a good 30 minutes (on high for 15 minutes, then simmer for another 15 minutes). Remove from heat and let it sit for 30 minutes to cool. If you choose to add honey you can do so after you remove it from the heat. Just stir it in.
Strain the liquid and place it in a airtight glass container and store it in the refrigerator for later use. Take 1 tablespoon at a time.
If you wish to drink it as a tea you will need to dilute it with ¼ syrup and ¾ water. Drinking it warm will help to soothe your throat and give you a warm feeling inside.
If you’re looking to make a quick pot of tea, here’s a simpler version of Elderberry Tea, you’ll just leave out the many other powerful benefits of using all the other fruits.
16 oz of water
2 Tbsp. Dried Elderberry
1 Tsp. Local raw organic Honey (optional)
Place the berries and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and let it sit for 1-2 hours. The longer it sits the better the tea as it pulls the many beneficial properties from the berries.
Strain and pour it into a teacup. For a little sweetness add the teaspoon of honey. This elderberry tea has a sweet tart-fruity flavor that you will enjoy.