No flu shots for us! Instead our family relies on powerful elderberry. This non-alcoholic version is perfect for kids. First, I’ll tell you what’s so great about it – then I’ll tell you how to make your own!
I remember the day it was first reported…Dr. Madeleine Mumcuoglu made elderberries internationally famous through the well-publicized research and laboratory studies conducted at the Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem. It was demonstrated that Sambucus nigra species of elderberry was effective against a wide range of influenza viruses including human, swine and avian strains. This led to the development of a popular elderberry glycerin tincture preparation called Sambucol. Even if the preparation is taken too late to act as a preventative, controlled clinical studies demonstrated that Sambucol could reduce the severity and duration of influenza by half.
At a press conference held in 2006 at the Royal Society of Medicine in London, the results of exciting new research on the patented elderberry formula were presented and found to be at least 99% effective against the Avian Flu (H5N1) virus in cell cultures!”
Now science is beginning to understand what Europe’s country folk and native Americans knew all along – elderberry is good for preventing cold and influenza, and traditional homemade elderberry tinctures and non-alcoholic (glycerin or honey-based) syrups work just as well as Sambucol.