Along with winter, comes the cold and flu season. Runny noses, feeling tired and sluggish, and coughing your face off. So when it comes to fighting the cold or flu, I choose organic elderberry.
Elderberry is wild berry that comes from the elder flower. I use Flora’s Elderberry Crystals as a holistic antiviral medicine that can be used when the immune system is challenged. What I love about elderberry is that it acts as a potent anti-virl and is used to help target and overcome common colds and flu. My recommendation: take a teaspoon every day as a preventative measure. If you feel a little sniffle coming on, take 2-3 teaspoons of Flora’s Elderberry Crystals.
Benefits of Elderberry Tea
Black elderberries (or sambucus nigra) are small, dark purple berries. Elderberries are loaded with antioxidants and immune boosting properties. Black elderberry syrup is the best of the best, when it comes to consuming cold and flu syrups. Elderberry can be dried and made into teas, tinctures, syrups, gummies and even popsicles for medicinal purposes. It is high in vitamins A, B and C and has been known to stimulate the immune system.
Elderberry syrup is generally taken 1-2 teaspoons daily as a maintenance dose. As soon a you start to feel sick, increase your intake 2-3 times a day in order to help shorten the severity and length of a cold or flu. It is safe and effective for children and adults as well.
If you’re prone to getting flus and colds, elderberry should definitely be a part of your medicine cabinet.
How to Use Elderberries (+ Recipe)
Elderberry syrup is easy to make and something you can set on the stovetop. The same applies to elderberry tea. The prep times take seconds. This holistic, immune boosting elderberry recipe makes a delicious and healthy tea. Keep this recipe on hand to boost your immune system or any time the sniffles hit!
There are plenty of easy ways to make natural cold and flu-fighting remedies from elderberries for the whole family.
- Elderberry Syrup
- Elderberry Teas
- Elderberry Popsicles
- Elderberry Gummies
- Mix of Elderberry Flora Crystals + Essential Oils
Immune-Boosting Elderberry Tea Recipe
This easy-peasy immune-boosting elderberry tea is made with Flora’s Elderberry Crystals,as well as healing herbs and spices.
16 oz filtered water
2 teaspoons of Flora’s Elderberry Crystals
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder or 2 cinnamon sticks
2 tablespoons of fresh sliced ginger OR 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 dash of cayenne pepper (optional)
1 teaspoon or organic raw honey (optional)
First, put the water and Flora’s Elderberry Crystals into a small saucepan.
Add fresh ginger or turmeric and cinnamon or add to 2 cinnamon sticks.. Stir around.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for about 10-15 minutes. This helps bring out the beneficial properties of the elderberries.
Remove from heat and let cool for about 5 minutes.
Option to add in raw honey.
*Nutritionist tip: For an elderberry iced tea or mocktail, pour into a mason jar and allow to cool. Refrigerate for up to 1 week. Serve over ice if desired.
*Option to use fresh elderberries if season. Add 1 cup fresh or ¾ cup dried elderberries to the above recipe. If using elderberries, let simmer on stove top for 45 minutes. Let cool for for 20 minutes. Press all the juice out of the elderberries, which are at the bottom of the saucepan.
Flora’s Elderberry Crystals are non-GMO, gluten-free, raw and vegan. For more information visit: www.florahealth.com