When you're looking to strengthen your system or fight off a cold, try this do-it-yourself immune boosting elderberry tea with all natural warming ingredients.
I got a cold last week. And yes, that is in fact news. I never get colds anymore. Clean eating has kept me healthy and feeling great for many years. So when the sinus pressure began, I assumed it was allergies. When the running nose and annoying cough started, I got angry. Then I went into the kitchen. And out came this recipe for a cold busting, immune boosting elderberry tea. In just a few days, I was back to my healthy self!
Everyone is sick right now, and just last weekend, my nephew was in town. He and his family visit this time every year, and every year, he gets sick. I've dodged the illness each time, but this year, I could dodge no more. The constant rain in Los Angeles hasn't helped and the fact that everyone in Santa Monica and Venice is sick. The good news is that I've come up with a new cold remedy to boost the immune system and shorten the duration of the flu with this DIY elderberry tea.
If you're new to elderberry, let me tell you about the amazing health benefits. Elderberries are a strong antioxidant with effective anti-inflammatory properties. It's been shown to elevate the immune system to keep the flu at bay, and if it's too late, elderberries can reduce the severity and duration of a cold. I know my cold was in and out in a few short days when I started taking elderberry.
Need any more reasons to get some elderberry in your life? It's a fiber powerhouse, giving you over 40% of your needed fiber intake in one serving. Because of all of that fiber, elderberries are great for digestion. They've also been shown to be a worthwhile natural laxative and diuretic. It's good for your skin, and best of all, may help prevent cancer. Yeah, you want in on elderberries in your life.
I bought a big ol' bag of elderberries on Amazon - make sure to look for organic one's like these. They have a nice natural sweetness and can also be a bit tart, so I rounded out the flavor with some warming spices like cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. I didn't think they needed any sweetener, but if you must, throw a little local raw honey in or a drop of Stevia.
Besides my immune boosting elderberry tea, get plenty of sleep and stay hydrated to keep yourself healthy during cold and flu season.
Immune Boosting Elderberry Tea
Makes about 3 cups
- 6 cups of filtered water
- 3 tablespoons dried elderberries (I like these)
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 4 pieces of cardamom
- 4 whole cloves
- 1" fresh ginger, cut into slices
- Honey or stevia to taste (optional)
- Place all of the ingredients, except the sweetener if you're using, into a pot on the stove. Turn to medium heat and once you reach a boil, cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for at least 30 minutes, but up to an hour. Once desired taste and consistency is reached, strain the tea through a colander and enjoy. You can place any leftover tea in a glass mason jar to refrigerate for a few days.
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