You can forget about taking a trip to your local pharmacy the next time you come down with a bad case of the flu or the common cold. Why spend money on flu medication when you can create your own DIY herbal remedies in the comfort of your own home? Here are some useful elderberry remedies that you can use to treat your colds or flu naturally. (h/t to SurvivalBlog.com)
Elderberries are dark purple fruits that grow from the elderberry shrub. Due to their health-promoting properties, elderberries have been used for various medicinal purposes since ancient times. They are loaded with powerful antioxidants that can boost your immune system and reduce inflammation. Because elderberries possess potent antiviral properties, they can reduce the duration and severity of viral infections, such as the cold and flu. To maximize the health benefits of consuming elderberries, you should take them every three to four hours within the first day of experiencing the cold or flu symptoms. (Related: Elderberries are more effective than vaccines at protecting you against colds and flu.)
Elderberry syrup tastes sweet, which makes it easy to persuade small children to take it, unlike foul-tasting medicines. Use it just like any other syrup. You can pour a tablespoonful of elderberry syrup on a stack of pancakes or waffles to make a tasty, immune-boosting breakfast.
Unlike elderberry syrup, elderberry tincture does not have a sweet taste. It also contains alcohol, which makes it a more suitable remedy for adults. However, one advantage the tincture has is that it is shelf stable. Since the elderberry extract is more potent in a tincture form, you can take less of it to experience the same effects. The next time you feel the need to drink alcohol, instead of getting a shot of whiskey, why not drink a teaspoonful of elderberry tincture in a shot glass? Your body will thank you for it.
As soon as you feel the first signs of a cold or flu, take a teaspoon of the elderberry tincture and you’ll start to feel better in no time. Elderberries can also be taken in the form of teas, capsules, gummies, jellies, tonics, and topical ointments.
Learn more natural remedies for treating flu infections by going to Influenza.news.