Elderberries are considered as one of the most potent herbs that can treat influenza very efficiently, its extract to be precise. Regardless of whether you are hit by influenza or it becomes pandemic, elderberry extract is the best choice to fight flu.
The black elderberry extract is even more efficient than the well-known flu shot. This is a very efficient medicine and its benefits are a proven fact, published in many medical journals.
Those magazine articles are what inspired us to write this story.
This is no new fact actually. This herb had found its use many years ago in the traditional medicine as means for treating the flu, colds, and sinusitis and even herpes simplex. Its efficiency was tested throughout a study, where elderberry syrup was used for treating Influenza A and B infections. Patients from 18-54 years, all showing influenza symptoms, were included in the study. It was executed in Norway back in 1999-2000 were in a period of 2 days or less.
The patients received 15ml of elderberry syrup or placebo syrup for 5 consecutive days and their results were monitored with a visual analogue scale.
In four days, those who were using elderberry extract syrup had to use rescue medication only for a short time in comparison to the placebo group.
How it works
Science has proven that the active compound in the elderberry named Antivirin, commonly found in proteins of the black elderberry has lots of anti-viral properties, very effective in stopping the flu virus. Study that was performed showed that Sambucol is consisted of active components which can increase the inflammatory cytokine production.
Based on the testing on influenza A and b, Sambucol has proven to be the best and most effective treatments for healing.
When it comes to the dosage, children should take ½ tablespoon of the extract and one full tablespoon for adults.
How to take the extract:
You can take it on its own or put it in your tea. In the summer you can mix it with a cold beverage as well, it’ll still do the trick. Remember to always keep your elderberry extract in a cold dry place = or simply refrigerated.
Elderberry syrup recipe:
- 16 ounces of elderberry juice
- 4 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon of raw honey
At first, prepare the elderberry juice. Place elderberries in a pan, cowl them with water, and warmth till starts to boil. Then, take away from heat, and leave the elderberries within the liquid for some hours. Then, strain the liquid, discard the berries, and put it in fridge.
Next step, in a pan, mix the elderberry juice with juice of lemon, and warmth over medium heat. Boil the mixture, leave it to simmer for 20 minutes, and take away from heat.
Add the honey, and drink it warm