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Got The Flu? Try This D.I.Y. Elderberry Syrup.


Got The Flu? Try This Homemade Elderberry Syrup From The HerbalFarmwife

If flu season has hit your family hard this season, you may want to consider making this wonderful homemade Elderberry and Star Anise anti-viral syrup!

Elderberries are from the Elder plant; which is known as nature’s medicine chest. Its berries were made famous by an Israeli researcher in 1995. The extract from Elderberries is now relatively available at your local pharmacy and is used as the natural “go to” anti-viral. Elderberries can strengthen the immune system also. You can find this in stores in syrup and even dissolving tablets for children. You can also use it as an infusion, tincture, and cream.

Star anise is a commanding culinary and medicinal spice that has been used for centuries to treat anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal sicknesses. The shikimic acid in Star Anise is also used as the compound in the anti-viral drug called Tamiflu. Take note of this little powerhouse because it is much cheaper than Tamiflu and you don’t need a prescription. Alternative medicine folklore also has used Star Anise to decrease mucus and congestion because of its strong expectorant properties. Star Anise typically comes in its natural form

Elderberry Flu Syrup

If you decide to make Elderberry Syrup at home instead of buying it at the store, here is a “Do It Yourself” recipe. I add in Star Anise to give it some additional virus kicking ability!

Recipe:

  • 3 Cups black Elderberries

  • 2 Teaspoons of Cinnamon

  • 1 Teaspoon of crushed Star Anise seeds

  • 8 Cups Water

  • 2 Cups Honey

  • 1 Teaspoon of lemon or lime

Bring to boil the elderberries, cinnamon, and star anise in a saucepan on the stove. Cover and reduce to low or simmer for one hour. The liquid should have reduced by half or about four cups. Remove from the stove and cool. Mash the ingredients then pour through a strainer into a mason jar. After the liquid cools, add the honey and lemon or lime. Place the lid on the jar and shake. Please mark the contents and store in the refrigerator.

Blessings, Herbal Farmwife

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