The Amazing Flu Fighting Benefits of Elderberry
There is good reason why elderly is so common these days. Its potent anti-viral properties have been found to be superior to flu shot in preventing the flu. According to one study, people who were given elderberry recovered faster than the ones in the placebo group. Up to 90 percent of the elderberry-treated group cured within 2-3 days, when compared to those in the placebo group for whom it took at least 6 days.
Taking a dose of Tamiflu typically reduces symptoms an average of just 1 day. What`s more, its effects are even more detrimental to children than adults. Some people using Tamiflu had effects like delirium, unusual behavior, hallucinations, and sudden confusion. On the other hand, elderberry is as effective as Tamiflu, without the adverse side effects.
Other Soothing Ingredients
Blueberries, the next ingredient in these popsicles, are packed with antioxidant, manganese, and vitamins C and K. The antioxidants like vitamin C combat cold and flu, relieve coughs, and prevent the illness from turning into pneumonia.
The next ingredient is raw honey, although you can include natural sweetener of choice. Raw honey is not harmful, but provides a wide range of health benefits instead. It acts as potent antibacterial agent, soothing sore throats and offering many benefits.
Last but not least, this recipe also calls for grass-fed gelatin, which keeps the popsicles from becoming hard ice bricks, while offering benefits like improving hair, skin, and nail quality.
Electrolytes + Vitamin C
Instead of using plain water, you can use coconut water in order to supply the body with electrolytes as well as to enhance the flavor of your popsicles. Replacing the body` s electrolytes is of utmost importance, particularly during sickness.
A bit of lemon juice adds freshness to the recipe, while balancing out the other flavors and supplying the body with sufficient amounts of vitamin C. Given that your body doesn’t produce its own vitamin C, it is important to get it from food sources.
- ¾ cup filtered water
- 3 T elderberries
- 1 T grass-fed gelatin
- 2 T raw honey
- 1 cups coconut water or coconut juice
- ½ cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
- The juice of 1 lemon
- Pour the water in a small saucepan, add the elderberries, and bring it to boil
- Lower the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes
- Strain the elderberries with a cheesecloth, making sure you squeeze the juice out well
- Pour the tea into another, clean saucepan
- Add the gelatin and let it absorb for a couple of minutes
- Add the honey, and heat the mixture over low heat
- Blend the coconut water and the blueberries until smooth
- Add the first mixture into the second, and stir well
- Pour the mixture into popsicle molds and freeze