Elderberries have been used in folk remedies for centuries in North America, Europe, western Asia, and North Africa and are very popular in herbal medicine today. They are known as “nature’s medicine chest,” and for a good reason! Elderberries contain incredible immune-supporting properties and its ability to fight viral and bacterial infections. It is truly one of the best antiviral herbs!
The science doesn’t lie
In a study published in The Journal of Medical Research, researchers from The Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School looked at the effects of elderberry syrup on people with influenza. Participants were asked to take either a placebo or 15 milliliters (mL) of elderberry syrup. The researchers discovered that elderberry syrup was able to reduce symptoms of influenza. Additionally, people who took elderberry were able to recover in just four days. And those who took a placebo recovered in seven to eight days.
Elderberry contains antioxidant, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, cleansing and mild laxative properties. It is full of vitamin C, flavonoids and fruit acids.
How to Male Elderberry Tincture
- 1 cup elderberries
- 100 proof vodka
- Place the elderberries in a quart jar then fill the jar with vodka. Shake the jar every day for two weeks.
- Strain after two weeks
Dosage: Add one tablespoon of the tincture to the tea. You can also add some honey and lemon juice. You can drink a cup of tea every hour.