With the wicked cold and flu season we’ve had this year, a lot of folks are looking for all-natural, proven ways to boost their immune system strength—enter elderberry syrup! Making your own Elderberry Syrup is an excellent way to dabble in home herbalism. The ingredients are easy to find. The syrup is a breeze to make. And it tastes awesome (which is definitely not true for all herbal medicines, trust me).
Elder has been a darling of herbal medicine for centuries (literally, they were writing books about the benefits of Elderberries back in the 1600s), in large part because of its powerful immunostimulant and antiviral properties. I personally am all about trying home remedies that have been passed down for generations, but if you need a little more scientific proof to get you on the Elderberry bandwagon, there is that, too. So. Much. Of. That.
And if you’re looking for anecdotal evidence, well, I’ll say that that this year is the first year my family has regularly taken Elderberry syrup, and none of us have come down with the horrible viruses that have been circulating (knocks on every piece of wood ever). This is particularly amazing considering I am immune-compromised, we have a three-year-old, AND it’s the worst flu season in decades (again, knocking on all the wood).
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