Lets dive a little deeper into the ingredients of my handcrafted elderberry syrup kit.
Elderberry, or elder, has been used for centuries to treat influenza, colds, and sinusitis. With the history of the herb dating back to the fifth century BC, the writings of Hippocrates, Dioscorides, and Pliny describe the use of medicines derived from the elderberry tree!
Elderberries - High in antioxidants, they are an anti-inflammatory and antiviral powerhouse! Elderberries contain very high levels of vitamin A, C, B1, B2, B6, and flavonoids. Flavonoids are where Elderberries get their true power from... They are full of flavonoids such as anthocyanins and quercetin. Working as a security system for your cells, they bind to invaders and prevent them from entering.
Rose Hips - The Vitamin C in Rose Hips has been shown to exceed what is found in lemon by up to 20 times! High in Vitamin A and B, with minerals and elements such as Zinc and Copper.
Ginger - This is a great natural anti-inflammatory. Ginger root has been found to may fight off rhinoviruses which is what causes colds in the first place. Ginger is also helpful to may settle upset stomachs.
Cloves - These tiny little gems are HUGE when it comes to natural health. Cloves may help relax the smooth lining of your GI tract, they may also help stomachaches. Especially good to help fight upper respiratory infections. Cloves can also be a natural painkiller.
Ceylon Cinnamon - Is a rich source of antioxidants like polyphenols and proanthocyanidins, these are what help support the immune system. Ceylon Cinnamon also has antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties that help reduce the chances of respiratory diseases and seasonal infections.
Dried Lemon Peel - An excellent source of Calcium, Potassium, and Vitamin A. The presence of dietary fiber in lemon peels, may help encourage healthy digestion and boosting your immune system.
This recipe has been in my family for generations. When we were sick as a kid...mom went and got the Elderberry Syrup from the fridge, or brewed up some fresh elderberry tea. I grew up being taught how to live off the land and forging mountain-grown herbs.