Natural Flu Fighter

Elderberry a Natural Flu Fighter

I have a question for you.  If you could provide your family with a natural alternative to help keep you and them healthy throughout the Influenza season, would you want to hear more?  If you should contract the virus, this remedy could significantly lessen the healing time from 5 days to 2 days. Would you be interested in hearing more?

I thought you would!

Well, this fantastic natural alternative is elderberries.  My family and I have been using elderberries for many years to treat viral infections and increase our immunity.  We love this herb, and I want to tell you all about it.

Elder Plant Description

Depending on how you view it, the elder is a large shrub or small tree.  This herb has a great thriving ability.  It can grow up to 30 feet tall.  Elder is native to Europe, Africa, and some parts of Asia.  It has become widespread in the United States despite its origination.  Its flowers are white, and its berries start green and turn black when ripe.

Plant Parts for Healing

Both the berries and flowers make natural medicine.  Cooking the berries is a must for safety reasons.  Raw berries contain a chemical similar to cyanide.

Research and Medical Uses

Elderberry studies have proven that it is effective in treating viral infections, including influenza.  A 2004 study conducted by Z Zakay-Rones, E Thom, T Wollan, and J Wadstein concluded that the use of elderberry extracts relieved flu symptoms four days earlier in participants given elderberry extract to those given a placebo.  Another study conducted six years later by Christian Krawitz, Mobarak Abu Mraheil, Michael Stein, Can Imirzalioglu, Eugen Domann, Stephan Pleschka, and Torsten Hain corroborated the 2004 study’s results.  Also, they found that elderberries were also impactful against human respiratory bacterial pathogens and influenza A and B viruses.  Just this past year, in 2019, Jessie Hawkins, Colby Baker, Lindsey Cherry, Elizabeth Dunne found after conducting their study, “Supplementation with elderberry was found to substantially reduce upper respiratory symptoms.” The study further concluded, “These findings present an alternative to antibiotic misuse for upper respiratory symptoms due to viral infections, and a potentially safer alternative to prescription drugs for routine cases of the common cold and influenza.”

There you have it, 16 years worth of study related proof that there is indeed a natural alternative to help keep you and your family healthy throughout the Influenza season.  Furthermore, should you contract the virus, Elderberry extracts could significantly lessen the healing time from 5 days to 2 days.

Dosing Elderberry Extracts

Now that you know elderberry extracts work let’s talk about how to take them.

DO NOT give elderberry or any product containing elder to children without first talking to their pediatrician.  To take this even further, consult with your doctors before including herbal remedies into your treatment plan.

These instructions are suggestive as more or less can also be useful.

Adult dose:

Elderberry syrup:    4TBSP a day for three days to treat cold and flu

Tea: Drink 4 to 5 grams of elderberry infused tea; elderflowers may also be included, three times a day.  Steep the tea for 10 to 15 mins to get the best extraction.

Precautions when taking Elderberry Extracts

People taking the following medications should consult their physician before taking elderberry:

  • Diuretics
  • Diabetes Medications
  • Chemotherapy
  • Laxative
  • Theophylline
  • Drugs that suppress the immune system

Elderberries seem to have minimal side effects when used correctly and for no longer than five days.

Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not take elderberry

If you have an autoimmune disease, ask your physician before use.

Where to buy Elderberry Extract

Kayorcee Creations provides several Elderberry extract and Anti-viral products.  Since we know that everyone likes to take their medicines differently, we have provided options. As a result, we offer:

  • Tinctures extracted with Pure Extactahol
  • Herbal tea infusions made with Herbs from a reputable herbaria
  • Herbal Syrups made with high-grade organic honey

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