Are you looking for a natural way to strengthen immunity and fight the symptoms of a cold? Black lilac is one of the most effective means of seasonal infections. This unusual plant has been used in folk medicine for centuries and is still very popular nowadays. Elderberry flowers and fruits are a treasury of valuable substances for health.
1. Elderberry syrup – a drug for immunity and cold
For medicinal purposes, both elderberry flowers and fruits are used. White flowers are collected in June – dried and used to make infusions. However, from August to autumn, fruits ripen, from which you can prepare elderberry syrup with unusual properties.
Vitamin A and vitamin C are present in the fruit. They help to maintain the immune system in good condition. In addition, elderberry fruit is rich in antioxidants and minerals. During periods of increased morbidity, it is worth taking elderberry syrup every day to avoid infection.
When you have a cold, elderberry syrup is a natural remedy. It alleviates unpleasant ailments, warms up, works diagonally, and facilitates the expectoration of secretions in the respiratory tract. In addition, it relieves coughing, reduces fever, and relieves inflammation in the body.
Furthermore, researchers from the University of Oslo have shown that consuming elderberry syrup shortens the duration of the infection. Participants who took this remedy suffered 4 days less compared to people who did not use the properties of this plant.
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2. Elderberry syrup – fruit syrup
The end of August and September is the season of elderberry fruit harvest. They are collected when they are all ripe, i.e. black and purple. They can’t be eaten raw because they are poisonous.
To prepare elderberry syrup, we need 1 kg of ripe fruit, 800 g of sugar, and water.
Wash and pick fruits (throw them unripe). Then put them in a pot, add some water, and add sugar. Cook everything until the fruit breaks down and lets the juice run. Black elderberry syrup should be strained through a strainer and gauze. Pour the liquid into clean, scalded bottles, turn it upside down, and leave it to cool.
It can be used daily to prevent infection. It is also worth reaching for elderberry syrup when we catch a cold to get rid of exhausting ailments and regain shape faster.
3. Elderberry syrup – flower syrup
Elderberry flowers form large canopies and are collected in June. After drying, they are the valuable raw material from which infusions can be prepared. They also make syrup – you can drink it in autumn and winter to strengthen immunity.
To prepare elderberry syrup we need about 30-40 flower canopies, 1 kg of sugar, 1 ltr of water, and juice of 1 lemon (or lime).
Pick flowers from branches and translate them into a larger dish. In a separate pot, boil water with sugar and lemon juice, and then pour the flowers over it. We put aside such elderberry syrup for 1-2 days. After this time, the syrup should be strained through a strainer and poured into scalded jars or bottles.