Best Natural Flu Remedy
Black Elderberries have been a folk remedy for flu for thousands of years. Hippocrates even thought it was a good idea for every home to have a black elder tree for medicinal use. Over the last 20 years, there have actually been quite a few studies that scientifically confirm it to be a very useful plant. Not only does it kill several different flu viruses, and inhibit several more, it also kills a number of human pathogenic bacteria. Israel has done several confirmatory studies about this fact and recently a German study detailed the same findings: Krawitz C, Mraheil MA, Stein M, Imirzalioglu C, Domann E, Pleschka S, Hain T. “Inhibitory activity of a standardized elderberry liquid extract against clinically-relevant human respiratory bacterial pathogens and influenza A and B viruses.” BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011, 11:16, 25 February 2011. It seems that this powerhouse herbal medicine is a good thing to have in your own personal medicine cabinet during any flu season. It is available in syrup and tincture forms with a variety of different alcohols, but my family prefers the vodka extraction. This allows the delightful taste of elderberries to shine through. I also keep some frozen all year round in case I run out!