Elderberry Syrup, What’s All the Hype About?

Elderberry Syrup, What’s All the Hype About?
October 21, 2016 familychiromm

Every year the days get shorter, the temperatures get cooler, and the number of patients with cold and flu-like symptoms increase. We should just accept that it is going to happen, right? WRONG! We can and should be proactive about supporting our immune systems, especially this time of year when our bodies are struggling to adapt. What can you do to protect yourself in addition to your chiropractic adjustments? One of our FAVORITE ways to support your immune system this time of year is Elderberry Syrup.

Here are the meat and potatoes, folks. Elderberry – Latin name, Sambucus nigra, and also referred to as elder or elderberry tree – is a versatile plant containing many immune-supporting properties. For centuries, people have been using all parts of the plant, including leaves, berries, and even its bark, for herbal remedies to support their bodies. There are several different species of elderberry all containing similar health properties, although some more specified than others. Historically, the flowers and the leaves of the plant have been used for a variety of uses, including but not limited to:

  • Cold and Flu

    elderberry

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  • HIV/AIDS Immune Boosting
  • Sinus Pain
  • Pain Relief (sciatica, neuralgia etc.)
  • Swelling
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Allergies
  • Cancer
  • Constipation
  • Increase Urine production
  • Diaphoretic or Expectorant
  • Fever

Although there are many different species of elder, the flowers and berries of the blue and black variety specifically are the most used for medicinal purposes. The blue and black berries and flowers contain a constituent called flavonoids. Flavonoids are a category of plant metabolites which are water-soluble molecules containing many health benefits like antiviral, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and anti-allergenic properties. And, flavonoids are powerful antioxidants.

Let’s go green – this time I don’t mean natural ;). For all my green personalities out there, this is for you! Elderberry has a sturdy history of being used for treating ailments with symptoms related to influenza and the common cold. Over the years, numerous clinical studies have been and continue to be conducted measuring specific forms of the herb and their effectiveness. It is through these studies that scientists have confirmed that elderberry is successful at inhibiting influenza A and B and more recently, its ability to bind to the surface of the H1N1 virus by interfering with the virus’s ability to bind with a host cell.  Heedlessly, this plant has been highly valued throughout history for its healing abilities.

Elderberry Syrup is something we suggest you add to your daily regimen to boost your immune system all season long (the dose may be increased for acute situations). We have a fantastic elderberry syrup for purchase here at our clinic. If you are feeling adventurous and want to take a shot at making your own Elderberry Syrup, here is a fantastic recipe to follow:

  • 1 cup fresh or 1/2  cup dried organic elderberries (Blue or black)
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup raw local honey
  • 1 organic cinnamon stick, 3 organic cloves, and a pinch of dried organic ginger root (optional)

Place berries, water, and spices in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. Smash the berries to release remaining juice and strain the mixture. Allow liquid to cool and stir in honey. Will last for 2-3 months stored in the fridge.

If you want to reference the original recipe click here.

elderberry syrup

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Do you want to step it up a notch and add some immune supporting herbs? Check out this recipe!

Basic Elderberry Syrup

  • 2 cups dried elderberries – around ½ pound, or 8 oz. (I got mine at Savvy Teas and Herbs!)
  • 1 qt boiling water (4 c.)
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • ½ c. raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 c. raw/unheated honey

Deluxe Syrup Elderberry Recipe

  • Follow the above recipe, but add ½ cup of any of the following herbs to your berries:
  • chamomile
  • astragalus root
  • rose hips
  • nettle

For specific instructions on how to make this elderberry syrup click here.

**As always, when adding an herbal remedy to your current health regimen do your research and make sure the herbs will not interact with any medications or conditions.

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