So excited to share this post with you all! I have been taking Elderberry extract for years when I have been fighting illnesses or to help prevent them. Elderberry from the Sambuccus Nigra plant is known to have anti viral, immune boosting properties. Check out this article on pubmed. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11399518
As this flu season is soon to be hitting record-breaking numbers be proactive and make your own syrup. This has no alcohol so it’s safe for young ones. Frontier herbs sells this bag on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Frontier-Elder-Berries-Whole-Organic/dp/B000UVUHXY/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8 and it will make several batches of this syrup. To make the syrup boil 4 cups of water then add 1 cup of elderberries, six cloves, a tbsp of cinnamon or one cinnamon stick and 1 tbsp grated ginger. Bring this down to a simmer and simmer for 45-60 min. Strain the berries and spices out and put liquid in a canning mason jar. Add 1/2 cup of raw honey or maple syrup and set in the fridge to cool. This will keep for 3-4 weeks in a tight sealed canning jar. Adults take 1 tbsp daily and children 1/2 tbsp daily. If you are ill take the dose every four hours for 2 days and then back off to maintenance dose when symptoms subside.
Now to take it another step make elderberry gummies with collagen protein! I like this collagen powder https://www.amazon.com/Vital-Proteins-Pasture-Raised-Grass-Fed-Collagen/dp/B00K6JUG4K?th=1. Take 1/4 cup of collagen powder and 1/4 cup of your elderberry syrup and whisk together. Add in 1/2 cup of warm water and stir to dissolve the collagen and remove any lumps. Add remaining 3/4 cup of elderberry syrup to the mixture and set in jello molds. Pop one of these in your mouth daily for immune boosting, gut boosting and collagen boosting benefits!