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How to Make Immune-Boosting Elderberry Syrup
“’Elderberry syrup is a proven remedy for preventing and recovering from the flu, colds, excessive mucus, sore throats, and contains large amounts of antioxidants, potassium, beta carotene, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin C.’”
Even though I live in Colorado, I’m not a hippie but rather a slightly-crunchy normal person. I’d seen bottles of elderberry syrup (called Sambucol) at my local health food stores, but never thought much of it. However, when cold and flu season rolled around a few years ago, my pharmacist aunt recommended it to me. Since she’s not at all crunchy hippie-esque, I followed her advice. Wow! What a difference this stuff makes! It eliminated a chronic cough that my grandpa had for months that no doctor had ever been able to figure out its source or how to cure it, and it significantly decreased the amount of colds my family got. And if we did happen to get sick, it shortened the duration of the illness.
Sambucol is danged expensive to buy, so I was happy to find this homemade recipe for elderberry syrup online. This is so much nicer to my bank account and it’s quite easy to make. (Just a tip: I purchase organic elderberries from Amazon.com.) My family takes about a tablespoon a day unless we’re sick, then we’ll take a tablespoon twice a day as directed by my aunt. And while my husband and daughter don’t mind the flavor, I don’t particularly like it. But, I’ve learned that taking it like a shot out o a shot glass really helps the medicine go down!