Colds and the flu are the most common respiratory infections affecting millions of people worldwide. Every year, the influenza virus is mutating, meaning that it can be quite difficult to treat it.
However, according to recent studies, they both can be destroyed with the use of a simple natural remedy-elderberry!
Elderberry is one of the best antiviral herbs every, which has been used as a medicine since forever. It has been used for treating colds and the fu, pain, allergies, fatigue, inflammation, constipation, and cancer.
If you consume the extract within 48 hours, you will get the most effective natural remedy that will quickly eliminate the infections.
Health benefits of elderberry:
Great For Treating Colds And Flu
Elderberries are very beneficial for your immune system. They are a great source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and anthocyanidins which can strengthen your immune system and fight infections.
A 2016 study showed that elderberry supplementation can reduce the symptoms of colds and provide even better results than most drugs. If you take the supplement 10 days before travelling or 4-5 days after arriving somewhere, you can reduce the duration of your symptoms by 2 days.
This means, that elderberry supplementation accelerates the recovery of your body
Also, it can relieve the symptoms of the H1N1 influenza virus (if used at least 48 hours after getting the infection). It reduces the duration of the symptoms by 4 days.
Relieves Sinus Infections
Due to its potent anti-inflammatory effects and the high content of antioxidants, the elderberry has the ability to treat sinus problems.
A study showed that elderberry flowers syrup managed to treat bacterial sinusitis when combined with a decongestant and an antibiotic. People who used this combo experienced great improvements within a short period of time.
Regulates Blood Sugar
Both the berries and the flowers are significantly useful for regulating glucose levels and treating diabetes. The flowers can stimulate our glucose metabolism and regulate the production of insulin, thus reducing the blood sugar levels.
A study showed that the elderberry extract improves the glucose transport and oxidation without added insulin. This, in turn, keeps your glucose levels in check and prevents diabetes.
A Powerful Natural Diuretic
Elderberry extract can act as a natural diuretic and stimulate bowel movements and improve urination. Due to its potent diuretic effects, the elderberry extract (Sambucus) can prevent bloating and fluid retention.
A Natural Laxative
For many years, people have been using elderberry extract against constipation. It acts as a natural laxative and can naturally fight constipation.
Promotes Healthy Skin
Due to their rich content of vitamin A, antioxidants and bioflavonoids, the berries are extremely beneficial for your skin. It has been scientifically proven that the berries contain compounds which can make your skin more elastic and healthier.
It is well-known that the flowers of the plant can alleviate allergy symptoms. The extract relieves the allergies in a natural way and treats the fever-related symptoms. You can use only the plant or combine it with other herbs and plants.
May Assist In The Prevention Of Cancer
Berry extracts are rich in antioxidants and the anthocyanins which offer powerful pharmacologic, therapeutic and anti-carcinogenic properties. Lab studies showed that elderberry extract offers chemo preventive properties and can be very useful for preventing cancer formation.
How To Use Elderberry
Fortunately, you can use the extract in numerous ways. It can be taken in the form of tea, infusion, jelly, juice, syrup, jam, or in the form of a spray, capsules, lozenges, ointment, powder, and liquid.
The elderberry syrup is particularly effective for treating upper respiratory infections.
How to prepare your own remedy
- 2 cups dry elderberries
- 1 tablespoon fresh or dry ginger
- 1 teaspoon powdered cinnamon
- 1 cup honey
- 3 ½ cups water
You should bring the water to a boil and add the elderberry, ginger and cinnamon. Let it boil then simmer until the liquid is reduced to half. Remove from the heat, and mash the elderberries.
Next, use cheesecloth to strain the mush. Collect the juice in a bowl, and add the honey. Make sure to mix everything well. Transfer the syrup to a glass bottle.
If you don’t like syrup, prepare your own elderberry tea. Whenever you have flu, consume the extract. This will significantly relieve your symptoms.
Source: Alternative Health Universe