My immune system isn't the best. (It's a lot better now, years later :) Last year I was sick with bronchitis, sinusitis and ear infections almost every month. Every time I got over something - it seemed like I would get sick with something else. A wonderful woman in my painting class in school months back told me to try Elderberry syrup to help me boost the immune system. Then when I was at the store I happened to see it on the clearance rack and I bought it. I took a teaspoon of it a couple times a day here and there for several months and I did not get sick that whole time. It was extremely unusual for me during this time of year to not get those problems that I had the years before. I can only think that this stuff is really potent and has helped me. I can't guarantee anything as we all have our health issues and differences - but I highly recommend this to anyone and everyone.
If you've been watching the news lately, I'm sure you've heard about the flu spreading and people getting very ill and some dying from complications related to it. Honestly, I don't believe in the flu shots and my son and I have both had H1N1 and several other flu strains. So, we have some real immunity to it. But, there have been numerous studies in Europe which prove the efficacy of black elderberry in treating the flu. It's used in some other countries for this purpose and also to treat chronic fatigue and numerous other ailments effecting the immune system.
* Please note: Since elderberry may strengthen or modulate the immune system, if you have an autoimmune disorder or are on any medications to suppress the immune system, please consult with a doctor regarding taking Elderberry. Personally, I have an autoimmune disorder and I haven't had any issue at all, other than benefits in helping me get through times of sickness. This stuff has been a total miracle product for me. There are also many medical studies in different countries, as it is used at times as an antibiotic (replacement) for a variety of flu types and strains, with as much success (or more, without the side effects) as standard antibiotics. It is incredible. Please take at your own risk and/or consult a doctor.
Sorry for the long introduction. If you're ready to get started and would like to make some Elderberry syrup, please check out the following steps! It's really quick and easy to make!
Elderberry Syrup Ingredients
This recipe makes a little more than a quart of Elderberry Syrup.
*Note: If you were to buy this in the store - it's sold in little bottles (like the one pictured with the blue label) and they are small and a bit costly. The different brands also taste differently. In order to extend shelf life, they are made with alcohol. The first kind I bought tasted so strongly of alcohol that I was concerned about giving it to my son. So, by making it at home you are spending so very little, you control what you put in the stuff and you get way more for your money.