IMMUNE BOOSTING HERBAL SYRUP
Elderberries are held in high esteem in areas all over the world. Known for their outstanding ability to ward off and cure the common cold and flu virus, elderberries make some of the most effective remedies and should be a part of everyone’s home healing pantry!
In fact, this January 2006 article reports the finding of researchers who studied elderberries and found that they are 99% effective in fighting the Avian Flu (H5N1) virus.
Consider yourself blessed if you have an elderberry bush growing on your property or near it! The next best option for those of us without is to obtain high-quality dried elderberries from a reputable source. I trust and order frequently from Mountain Rose Herbs or The Bulk Herb Store…and I highly recommend that you get your orders in early prior to the onset of Fall and the true cold/flu season, as they tend to sell out quicker each year!
True (Sweet) Cinnamon
Cinnamon is known to provide relief from the common cold and flu. It stimulates the body’s circulatory system in an effort to bring speedy healing and there is voluminous research evidence for its medicinal value and health benefits.
Cinnamon in all of its glory — when combined with ginger root — is an extremely potent medicinal. Ginger root is known for is antiviral properties along with its ability to aid in digestion and relieve nausea.
It is because of its anti-viral properties, that ginger root is known as an effective aid to the immune system. With this ability, ginger can help the body — increasing its likelihood of withstanding a variety of threats from a multitude of diseases.
Echinacea has been used for hundreds of years to strengthen the immune system and improve the body’s ability to fight infections. Traditionally, Echinacea has been used to treat open wounds, blood poisoning, and other bacterial-related illnesses. This potent herb is mostly used today in the prevention and healing of colds and flu.
Other herbs, spices, and foods beneficial for the immune system include:
- Eleuthero Root
- Licorice Root
- Astragalus root
- Raw Honey
- 2 ounces dried elderberries
- 1 tablespoon Echinacea root
- 2 teaspoons dried ginger root
- 1 tablespoon true cinnamon chips
- 3 cups water
- 1 cup raw honey
- Place berries, Echinacea, ginger, cinnamon chips, and water in a pot.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and then simmer over low heat for 45 minutes.
- Smash the berries with a potato masher. Then strain the mixture through a cheesecloth — extracting as much liquid as possible. Compost the plant material.
- Add honey to the liquid. Stir until well combined. Be sure to not allow the temperature of the liquid to be, or rise above 110 degrees Fahrenheit while mixing.
- Bottle syrup and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.
Administer to child at a rate of 1 teaspoon per day for prevention or 1 teaspoon per waking hour at the onset of cold/flu-like symptoms. Do not give to children under the age of one. Be sure to consult with a medical professional prior to giving this or any other herbal supplement.
This syrup is also great for adults! Administer on same schedule as a child, however increase dosage to 1 tablespoon.