Elderberry Syrup is, without a doubt, our favorite natural remedy for colds and flu. I give it to my children daily during school season to prevent infection. If they do get sick (which is rare alhamdulillah), I give them increased doses and have seen amazing results: they cough less, it eases their congestion, and they recover quicker. And the best part is that they love the taste!
Over-the-counter cold and flu medicines can have a long list of side effects, especially for children, and some can even inhibit your body’s ability to fight the infection naturally. Elderberry Syrup, on the other hand, is completely safe and effective.
Every winter season, my husband usually gets a bad case of the flu which knocks him out for about a week. He was amazed when he started taking this Elderberry Syrup and was back to work in 3 days!
My children love the taste of it so much, they will actually pretend to be sick so they can have their “medicine”!
Scientific research shows that Elderberry Syrup:
- not only reduces symptoms of a viral illness, but also shortens the duration of the illness. It does this by strengthening the immune system.
- is a good source of beta-carotene, vitamin B6, and iron.
- may have anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and anticancer properties.
- may help reduce swelling and congestion in the nose and sinuses.
Elderberry Syrup can be bought online, but is rather expensive. Fortunately, you can make it at home for a fraction of the price. I buy dried elderberries here. This bag contains enough elderberries to make almost 7 1/2 batches of syrup, which is enough to last us a long time.
You and your children may take Elderberry Syrup every day to strengthen your immune systems, especially during the school season.
I give my children 1-2 teaspoons on school days. Adults can take 1 tablespoon daily.
If you have a cold or flu, you can increase the frequency of this dose to every 3 hours.
NOTE: Because this recipe contains honey, it should not be given to children under 1 year of age.