Updated: Nov 19, 2020
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Our family uses elderberry syrup almost daily starting in the fall. I prepare a fresh batch at least once a month and store it in the fridge. We take 1 Tablespoon a day, or three times a day if we are ill. My husband's job is high exposure to the general public and fortunately we have avoided any major illnesses. As this winter is predicted to be a high flu season, along with the unknown of COVID, I hope the studies below offer you some insight into why we choose to use elderberry. You can access the full study by clicking on the title of each study below.
Unfortunately (or fortunately?) with many natural remedies, pharmaceutical companies cannot patent these substances so very little money has gone into deeper studies. As with everything, do your own research and make an informed decision based on your personal health needs.
Randomized study of the efficacy and safety of oral elderberry extract in the treatment of influenza A and B virus infections.
Elderberry has been found to have many health benefits. Elderberry has been used in folk medicine for centuries to treat influenza, colds and sinusitis, and has been reported to have antiviral activity against influenza and herpes simplex.
"Sixty patients (aged 18-54 years) suffering from influenza-like symptoms for 48 h or less were enrolled in this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study during the influenza season of 1999-2000 in Norway. Patients received 15 ml of elderberry or placebo syrup four times a day for 5 days, and recorded their symptoms using a visual analogue scale. Symptoms were relieved on average 4 days earlier and use of rescue medication was significantly less in those receiving elderberry extract compared with placebo. Elderberry extract seems to offer an efficient, safe and cost-effective treatment for influenza."
The effects of Sambucus nigra berry on acute respiratory viral infections: a rapid review of clinical studies
Findings from included studies suggest that mono-herbal preparations of S.nigra berry (in extract or lozenge formulation) may reduce influenza-type symptoms, including fever, headache, nasal congestion and nasal mucous discharge in adults, when taken within the first 48 hours of symptom onset.
Inhibition of several strains of influenza virus in vitro and reduction of symptoms by an elderberry extract (Sambucus nigra L.) during an outbreak of influenza B Panama
A placebo-controlled, double blind study was carried out on a group of individuals living in an agricultural community (kibbutz) during an outbreak of influenza B/Panama in 1993. Fever, feeling of improvement, and complete cure were recorded during 6 days.
A significant improvement of the symptoms, including fever, was seen in 93.3% of the cases in the SAM-treated group within 2 days, whereas in the control group 91.7% of the patients showed an improvement within 6 days (p < 0.001). A complete cure was achieved within 2 to 3 days in nearly 90% of the SAM-treated group and within at least 6 days in the placebo group (p < 0.001). No satisfactory medication to cure influenza type A and B is available. Considering the efficacy of the extract in vitro on all strains of influenza virus tested, the clinical results, its low cost, and absence of side-effects, this preparation could offer a possibility for safe treatment for influenza A and B.
Some other benefits of elderberry may also include:
Supports a healthy immune system.
Promotes health digestive system.
Supports skin health.
May support heart health.
Reduces cold systems and duration.
If you would like to purchase your own DIY Elderberry Syrup Kit, you can contact me on Facebook or Instagram, or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our DIY Elderberry Syrup kits are made with local wild elderberries we handpick and dry. We use a special blend of organic spices to give the syrup just the right amount of flavor. Kits are $20 for one, or $18 if you purchase 3 or more kits.
These DIY syrup kits are shelf stable and make excellent gifts or stocking stuffers.