It’s that time of year again, Where the hedgerows are beginning to brim with elderberries.
These tiny little berries are potent immune stimulants. They have undergone clinical trials that have proven the efficacy of elderberries in not only preventing the flu, but also in lessening its symptoms and duration if you are unlucky enough to have caught it.
I`ve used elderberries numerous times in helping my family overcome illnesses, and the recovery I have witnessed has been astonishing.
You may have concerns about hearing mixed messages about elderberries. Social media was whipped up in a frenzie with claims that elderberry can cause a cytokine storm. I`m afraid that false claims get passed around social media with a tremendous amount of impetus. Whilst elderberry is totally safe to the majority of the population, there are instances when it can cause a very weak body to have an over-reactive immune response (which a cytokine storm is).
As Dr Aviva Romm (esteemed M.D and herbalist) says, this is not something an average person would need to worry about. The human body must be in a really poor state for elderberry to cause a "cytokine storm". Ie, the person must be incredibly ill with serious conditions for such an incidence to occur.
For this reason, if you know of anyone with organ failure, cancer, or any other life-threatening or life-shortening illness I would avoid using elderberry. If you are immunologically suppressed, you may want to do your research into this also.
For everyone else, take a listen to my video all about the benefits of elderberries and how to make the syrup.
For those who want a shorter version…
🌱Gather your berries and de-stalk
🌱Weigh your berries
🌱 Whatever weight your berries are, add half that amount In Water
🌱Simmer gently for 20 minutes
🌱cool and strain
🌱measure liquid in ml
🌱whatever the ml of liquid, half that and add that amount in grams of sugar
🌱simmer gently for 20 minutes with the juice of 2 lemons, grated ginger and a cinnamon stick
🌱strain, cool and bottle
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