I have terrible allergies and asthma which always leads to me getting sick. I actually went to the allergist recently to find out what I was allergic to and they told me if there was a prize for being the most allergic I would win. Sad right? You may remember a post I did a little while back about a natural allergy relief drink. Well this one is very similar but has another added benefit, elderberries. My friend Jordan from LilyWhite. designs told me about elderberries. A lady from her church told her about how her daughter had bronchitis and doctors kept giving her prescriptions and they weren’t working so she tried this concoction and it went away.
Benefits of Elderberries
- Helps prevent the flu
- Full of antioxidants
- Helps treat the flu, bronchitis, colds, viral, and bacterial infections. (Use as a cold/flu medicine)
- Can help treat asthma and allergies
- 1/2 cup dried elderberries
- 3 cups water
- 1 cup local or raw honey (I chose local to get the allergy relief benefits)
- 2/3 cup Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
Method of preparation:
Fill a pot with water and dried elderberries. Bring to a boil and let boil for 30 minutes. Take off heat and mash elderberries up well (I used a potato masher). Strain out the liquid into a separate bowl using cheese cloth, coffee filter, or something similar. Once strained add honey to the elderberry liquid and stir well. Then add ACV. Place in a jar and put in the fridge for up to 6 months.
- Adults 1 Tbs a day
- Children: 1 tsp a day
You can take this straight or mix it with some water.
If your using it as a flu/cold medicine you can take same dose but every hour instead of just once a day.
This did not cost me very much to make, maybe $7 dollars for a lot and it makes me feel better that I am not taking a bunch of chemicals. I know exactly what is in it! I would love to hear of any other herbal treatments you take when you are sick!