Boost your immune system this winter with Schisandra berry syrup. This amazing berry has a sweet, bitter, salty, and pungent profile, making it an adaptogenic jack of all trades. For thousands of years this berry has been used for its medicinal properties and use in medical preparations. Schisandra is known for improving the health and vitality of those who use it and is grown in China.
You will want to stock up on this berry powerhouse. We are not without it during the winter time. The Chinese use this herb to
- slow aging
- increase energy
- fight fatigue
- improve concentration
- improve coordination
- improve endurance
- support the reproductive system
- support the immune system
- an decrease inflammation in the body
- used to stimulate the liver
- aid in digestion
- human studies have shown that it is helpful in treating Hepatitis
The Schisandra berry is known for its adaptogenic qualities.
What is an adaptogen?
According to Dr. Frank Lipman:
“Adaptogens are a unique group of herbal ingredients used to improve the health of your adrenal system, the system that is in charge of managing your body’s hormonal response to stress. They help strengthen the body’s response to stress and enhance its ability to cope with anxiety and fight fatigue — slowly and gently without jolts or crashes. They’re called adaptogens because of their unique ability to “adapt” their function according to your body’s specific needs.” (source)
Another great thing about Schisandra is that it is known for its non-toxicity. Over dosage is known to just cause minor GI discomfort. So this is a great remedy to have on hand for the whole family!
Schisandra is can be easily prepared just like elderberry syrup.
Schisandra Berry Syrup Recipe:
What you Need:
2/3 cup of Dried Schisandra berries – Where to find
3 1/2 cups of Filtered Water
1 Cup of Honey
Pour water into a medium sauce pan and add dried berries. Cover and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 45 minutes to an hour until the water is reduced to almost half.
Once your liquid is cool enough to be handled, strain and discard the berries.
Allow liquid to cool to lukewarm and add the honey. Mix well.
Schisandra Berries are non-toxic, but taking too much can irritate the intestines.
Take 1/2 tsp – 1 tsp for kids daily and 1/2 tsp to 1 Tbs for adults.
If you do need an immune system boost take this dose every 2-3 hours throughout the day.