The whole world is on COVID-19 alert and with everything happening, I’ve been researching different ways we can naturally strengthen our immune systems. One remedy that comes to mind is the elderberry. Particularly the black elderberry which has ancient roots in Europe and is one of nature’s most versatile plants for “what ails you”.
According to an article in WebMD, it’s history dates as far back as 400BC, and Hippocrates, the father of medicine, called the elder tree his “medicine chest”. In fact, even today, some experts recommend elderberry to help prevent and ease cold and flu symptoms and, according to another article, “The benefits seem to be greatest when started within 24 to 48 hours after the symptoms begin”.
Elderberry is used to treat:
Joint and muscle pain
Breathing issues and infections
Flu symptoms (can cut the duration by more than 50%).
The elder tree’s berries and their flowers are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and flavonoids which help “fight inflammation and boost the immune system.” Many doctors agree it’s beneficial and safe to take.
Elder trees grow well in NY and the berries can be purchased in the form of jelly, juice, tea, and elixir type liquids. There are also many other beneficial herb and plant remedies available that boost your immune system such as Oregano oil, garlic, and vitamin C. As you can see, there are many natural options you can take.
Keep in mind, by building a stronger immune system, it doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily stop a disease or avoid going to your doctor, but it does mean your body will be more equipped to fight illnesses better. We all need this accompanied by a healthy lifestyle. So, live as the ancestors did and explore taking plant-based remedies to help fight disease. But, wash your hands and take more showers.
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Stay safe, stay healthy and strong, and we hope to see you all again soon!