Prevent cold, strengthen your immune system! All that with this wonderful and easy to make extract.
In January 2020, we traveled to the United States to visit our family gathered in Santa Cruz. We visited my nephew Mathew and his wife, Kimiko. From day one, he started feeding us every day with an extract that prevents colds and strengthens the immune system. He had boiled the extract himself. At first glance, I thought it looked dark and terrifying – but after the first taste, all my fears were just gone!
Mathew showed me how to make the extracts of dried elderberries. It was very straight forward. I then immediately ordered dried elderberries on the internet and got it a few days later. While still in the USA. The funny thing was that the elderberries were from Kroatia. 😊
Once home, I made the extract. Here is the result. It really has an effect – just search on google, and you will see lots of research in the field.
You can find the extract under different names in Sweden and other places (e.g., Sambucol) – but the best thing is to make your own extract. All you need is to order the berries and raw honey online.
Here in Sweden, the pricing varies quite a lot – the price per kilo (two pounds) is about 820 – 850 kronor (82 – 85 dollars). Found a place where the price per kilo was roughly 300 kronor (30 dollars) lower.
Keep in mind that since the extract contains raw honey – it cannot be given to small children! The honey is added mostly for the sake of taste, so if you want to give it to children, it is advisable to use ordinary honey instead of raw honey.
Dosage for adults – 1 tablespoon once or twice daily during cold periods.
|Ingredients for roughly 2 cups|
|2.5 dl dried elderberries|
|9.5 dl water|
|1.25 dl chopped or sliced fresh ginger|
|1 teaspoon cinnamon|
|0.5 tsp ground cloves.|
|5 dl raw honey|
- Mix the elderberries with water, chopped or sliced ginger, cinnamon, and ground cloves in a saucepan.
- Bring it to a boil – lower the heat and let simmer for about 30 minutes. The liquid should be largely halved.
- Remove from the heat and strain it – try squeezing out as much juice as possible.
Let it all cool down.
- Mix in the honey, whisk until the honey has dissolved. Store in a bottle in the refrigerator.