Have you ever taken over the counter remedies for your cold and flu symptoms and to find that your symptoms persist? I know I have. The other downside to these remedies is that you have to remember to take them as directed. When you are busy with life this can present quite the dilemma. My path toward elderberry syrup started because I was looking for an all-natural remedy for my cold and sinuses. I made the simpler version on several occasions and the syrup was fine. As cold and flu symptoms changed throughout recent years I decided I needed to transform elderberry syrup to a super remedy that would support my immune system.
A few ingredients I added for the transformation are natural herbs. Echinacea known as purple cornflower is a popular herb used by Native Americans throughout the centuries to treat alignments. Echinacea is used worldwide for medicinal purposes like to treat pain, inflammation, and headaches. The herb is best known for its ability to shorten the duration of colds, flu, and sinuses. Echinacea can also be used as a herbal wellness remedy for cold, flu, and allergies.
Many other herbs fight cold viruses and peppermint ( Mentha x Piperita) is one of them. With its soothing properties, peppermint can
•Work as a decongestant
• Soothe sore throat and stop runny noses
• Peppermint is antioxidant and works to protect cells from free radicals that can invade your immune system
Another reason I chose peppermint for this syrup is that the herb helps to eliminate headaches and aches and pains that your body feels when you have a cold or flu.
Other super spices I added to transform elderberry syrups are clove and cinnamon. Clove, (Syzygium aromaticum), a tropical evergreen tree of the family Myrtaceae and native to the Maluku islands in Indonesia has been used traditionally to help toothaches. I have tried clove on my toothaches and it really works. Clove and cinnamon can protect us from common alignments like colds because theses spices are antibacterial, antiviral, analgesic and have anti-inflammatory properties.
What makes Clove and Cinnamon a super Spice for colds and flu?
1. Clove has Vitamins C and K. Also, minerals, including calcium, manganese, and magnesium.
2. Clove has Omega-3 fatty acids which are incredibly important benefits for your health and brain in fighting heart disease, mental illness, inflammation, joint and body health, sleep issues and so forth.
3. Fiber is necessary to keep your digestive tract moving. Clove improves the digestive system by attacking bacteria so that your system functions properly when you need to eat right during those stressful times
4. Eugenol which anti-inflammatory and antifungus and can help fight bacteria that often causes inflamed sinuses and induces colds
5. Antioxidants help to combat free radicals found in the environment that can invade your immune system
All of these nutrients are health boosters but manganese has a special significance. Manganese is needed to activate enzymes in the body. The minerals listed also play a role in fat metabolism, and this is why some people use clove or cinnamon for weight loss. The spices also have a stabilizing effect on the nervous system, where it can help to keep symptoms of depression and anxiety at bay.
These are the super ingredients I have added to transform elderberry syrup. In my next blog, I will discuss the benefits of elderberry and show you how to make the syrup. See you next time!