Oh elderberry! How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Full of antioxidants and nutrients beneficial for immune, gut, and overall health, this berry can’t be ignored. 🙂 Herbwisdom.com explains some of the benefits in the following excerpts:
” Elderberry is used for its antioxidant activity, to lower cholesterol, to improve vision, to boost the immune system, to improve heart health and for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and tonsillitis. Bioflavonoids and other proteins in the juice destroy the ability of cold and flu viruses to infect a cell…Elderberries contain organic pigments, tannin, amino acids, carotenoids, flavonoids, sugar, rutin, viburnic acid, vitaman A and B and a large amount of vitamin C.”
Dr. Mercola also explains the benefits in his article here.
So, when I happened to discover a recipe for homemade elderberry syrup from the Wellness Mama (such an awesome website!!), I decided to give it a whirl. Boy, am I glad I did. This is not only beneficial for the health of my family, but it truly is delicious! My toddler loves it. 🙂 Plus, it is cheap to make compared to the elderberry syrup that can be bought at the local health food store. If you are wondering where to get dried elderberries (very important to use dried!) for the recipe, they should be available in the bulk section of your health food store. 🙂 Otherwise, the Wellness Mama gives some suggestions as well. Click here for the recipe for this power syrup! 🙂
Note: *Please remember that I am not a medical professional but rather I only speak from my own experience and research. Elderberries or other herbs are not a substitute for medical treatment when needed. Always check with a doctor or health care professional for any illness or before using any remedy. In addition, it is crucial that one do proper research and talk to a medical professional to make sure that wildcrafted, as well as any, herbs are being used in the right way.
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