Elderberries are commonly used to treat cold and flu symptoms and for good reason! Elderberries are a nutritional powerhouse. They contain calcium, fiber, iron, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, vitamin C, thiamin, vitamin B6, vitamin A, and more! Health benefits of the elderberries include naturally improving colds, the flu, sinus issues, nerve pain, inflammation, chronic fatigue, allergies, constipation and even cancer. According to a study conducted by the Journal of International Medical Research, when used within the first 48 hours of onset of symptoms, the extract has been found to reduce the duration of the flu with symptoms being relieved on an average of four days earlier.
Dried elderberries can be made into teas, tinctures, and syrups for medicinal purposes. My favorite way to consume elderberries is by making a warm cup of tea. Elderberries are naturally sweet and make a delicious tea. I add cinnamon and turmeric to my elderberry tea for added benefits and flavor. You could also add raw honey or ginger.
Immune Boosting Elderberry Tea Recipe
Prep Time: 2 minutes Cooking Time: 20 minutes Serves: 1
8 oz. water
1 Tbsp. dried elderberries
2 cinnamon sticks or ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. turmeric