Cold and flu season is officially here and, judging by the coughing fits and empty chairs of my coworkers who had to stay home, this year is going to be a bad one. So, of course, I’ve been turning quite a bit to my favorite natural flu fighting tea: Elderberry.
Elderberries come from the elder plant, which grows naturally in Europe and a few other parts of the globe. Historically, elderberries have been used to fight inflammation, diseases, relieve skin conditions, help heal burns, and boost your immune system. However, like many herbs, there is a surprising lack of research into elderberries and its effects and interactions. However, I can personally attest that taking elderberry at the onset of a cold or flu can dramatically shorten it and even naturally alleviate symptoms.
- 1 Tbsp dried elderberries
- 1 cup boiling water
- honey to taste (optional)
To me, elderberry tastes kind of like licorice or even a bit like cough syrup… and since I don’t personally care for either taste, I will instead add some dried winter mint to cover it. I have heard of people adding chamomile, rose hips, cinnamon, or lemon as well—it all depends on your taste preference. My boyfriend loves it with some rosehips and honey.
Have you tried Elderberry? Tell me about it in the comments!
As with most herbs, elderberry tea can sometimes interact with medications, and it may or may not be safe if you are nursing or pregnant. Make sure that you consult with a physician before taking any herbal supplement. This article is intended for entertainment, not to provide medical assistance. Use common sense and talk to a doctor.