by Zoey Sky, Natural News:
While getting the flu today doesn’t seem that threatening, especially if you can just head to the store for some medicine, if SHTF it can be more difficult to get drugs or immediate medical treatment.
However, preppers won’t have that problem because there are various herbal plants that have medicinal properties, such as the versatile elderberry.
When you have the flu, it’s up to your immune system to protect you from the virus. You can keep your immune system strong by eating a healthy diet.
But if you already have the flu, elderberries can help you feel better. Used by Native Americans for centuries, elderberry tea can treat both the flu and the common cold.
According to studies, the plant’s berries can help stop the production of hormone-like material in white blood cells that cause inflammation. Elderberries can also boost the production of non-inflammatory material that fights infection at least 10 times, and they can help cure at least eight different strains of the flu. (h/t to SurvivalSullivan.com)
Aside from being rich in vitamins A, B, and C, elderberries can be brewed into a tea or turned into a syrup that can help you recover from the flu. Below are some easy recipes for effective elderberry remedies.
Elderberry syrup recipe
3 and ½ cups water
2/3 cup elderberries
1 cup honey
1 teaspoon (tsp) cinnamon
½ cloves (optional but recommended)
1 tablespoon (tbsp) ginger root, dried (optional but recommended)
Pour the elderberries and water into a pot and add the cinnamon and optional ingredients.
Let the mixture boil, cover, and reduce to a simmering heat for about 45 to 60 minutes. Once done, the liquid in the pot should simmer down to at least half its former level.
Remove the pot from the stove and mash the berries with a wooden spoon or another utensil.
Filter the mixture into a bowl using a cheesecloth or similar strainer.
Let the strained mixture cool, then add the honey and stir thoroughly.
Pour the mixture into a one-quart Mason jar. Refrigerate the elderberry syrup when not in use.