The first thing our family reaches for when someone gets sick is the zinc tablets and elderberries, specifically, elderberry gummies. Elderberries are the best remedy I know of to stop a cold virus dead in its tracks.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center:
One study suggested that using a standardized elderberry extract, Sambucol, could shorten the duration of flu by about 3 days.
Another preliminary study found that a lozenge with elderberry extract (ViraBLOC) helped reduce flu symptoms when taken within 24 hours of symptoms starting. In the lab, one study suggested that elderberry could kill the H1N1 virus (“swine flu”) in test tubes, but researchers don’t know whether it would be effective against H1N1 in people.
Our personal experience?
We agree. I have used both the Sambucol syrup, and my own homemade version I will share with you. Both have stopped or dramatically lessened cold and flu viruses within a day in our family. And, when there is a bug that seems to be stubborn, elderberry anything definitely lessens the punch.
In the study carried out with Sambucol syrup, there was question as to whether or not their use of vitamin C had anything to do with its effectiveness, however, the lozenges seemed to at least reduce the symptoms. In my personal opinion, using the vitamin C can only help and adding zinc adds an extra boost. But, without the elderberry you won’t have the same effect.
This will also help you save money.
How? Well, purchase a large bag of organic dried elderberries for about $20, which usually comes in a 1 pound bag. That makes quite a few gummies, teas or syrups.
A bottle of Sambucol or Sambucus costs about $17 on Amazon, or more in a health food store. Plus, you won’t have to go to the doctor to treat infection, extra high fevers or asthma symptoms.
It took me a while to understand this, but buying the bag of elderberries will save you money in the long run.
Elderberry Gummies Recipe
First, I make my own elderberry extract. I add 1/2 of a cup of dried elderberries (You can purchase them here) to 2 cups of water in a small saucepan. heat until the liquid is reduced to about 1 cup. Strain the liquid through a strainer, using a cheesecloth if you prefer.
Second, add a couple of shakes of stevia powder or drops (too taste, which also depends on the brand you use. We use this brand. A little goes a very long way.). Then add 3 TBL of beef gelatin (You can buy it here) to the sweetened liquid. Stir the mixture until there are no clumps. Heat until steaming. Add your choice of essential oils, but to add the additional vitamin C, add sweet orange oil, about 7 drops.
Third, carefully pour the liquid into ungreased, plastic molds.
Finally, place them in the refrigerator for about an hour until the gelatin cools completely. Take out of the molds and serve for colds, viruses and flu symptoms as they arise. I even pass them out for any sign of a sniffle or tummy ache.