The kids have started school, it is getting colder outside and you don’t get as much chance to go enjoy the warm sun. Everyone knows that with winter comes frequent colds and flu for many. Prevention can be key when surviving those chilly winter months and elderberries are a healing remedy that have been around for centuries in Europe, northern Africa, and some parts of Asia.
Can Elderberries Help Prevent and Support Healing From Cold and Flu?
While the stems and the leaves of the Elder plant are poisonous, both the flowers and berries contain numerous health benefits. One of the most beneficial parts of the plant may be that it contains wonderful cleansing properties in which it is able cleanse the tissues as well as stimulates the intestines and colon to cleanse itself by a peristaltic action. This helps in overall body detoxification.
This ancient herb is responsible to provide the body as a diaphoretic (stimulates sweating to promote detox), increases mucus secretions (helpful for body detox), and stimulates the immune system. And, increasing medical studies are showing this ancient herbs benefit for overall healing.
Over the years, I have tried to integrate our use of Elderberries into our daily lifestyle especially in the winter time. I have given our children elderberry syrup that I have made myself and have purchased it such as this brand here. We have used elderberry syrup as a simple dietary supplement, and on pancakes.
As I continue to think of way to supplement my children with elderberries, especially in the winter time I thought that some jigglers sounded yummy! These elderberry jigglers not only contain the wonderful properties of the elderberries, but they also contain gelatin which aids in digestion and helps promote healthy skin, hair and nails. And, local raw honey that has it is own whole host of healing properties.
My kids love these things!
Why sit idle in the winter time just waiting for the body to heal itself?
Elderberry Jigglers Recipe
1/2 cup dried elderberries — Find it here
2 TBS unflavored gelatin — Find it here
2 Cups filtered water
1/8 cup raw local honey
1 tsp dried, ground ginger, cinnamon, or cloves (optional)
Pinch of unrefined sea salt
1. Simmer elderberries and other spices in herbs in 2 cups of filtered water until the liquid reduces to half.
2. Strain herbs and while warm mix gelatin and a pinch of salt well.
3. Allow to cool slightly and add honey. The medicinal properties of the honey are kept if the honey is not heated too high.
4. Pour into a 8 x 8 glass pan and refrigerate until solid.
5. Slice jiggers into squares or fun shapes of your choosing. Serve a few each morning with breakfast or more often when cold and flu is present.
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