Anti-viral Elderberry Spritzer

Elderberry (Sambucus Nigra), is an anti-inflammatory and antiviral herb with a long and successful history of use in relieving the symptoms of sinusitis, colds, fever and flu. Scientific studies have shown elderberry syrup and elderberry extracts can reduce flu symptoms and duration.[1]

“The antiviral activity of elderberry on influenza was strongest when used in pre-treatment, during infection and post-infection, rather than when used solely during infection. The study confirmed that elderberry exerts its antiviral activity on influenza through a number of mechanisms of action, including suppressing the entry of the virus into cell, modulating the post-infectious phase, and preventing viral transmission to other cells.”[2]

Not only is elderberry a potent antiviral used for flu, but these dark berries are also exceptionally rich in iron, potassium, beta carotene, Vitamin C, and the flavonoid quercetin, an antioxidant that scavenges free radicals that cause cell damage.

So, don’t wait for the flu or any other virus to come knocking at your door. Be prepared now.

Use my Elderberry Spritzer recipe to get this highly beneficial berry into your body in the most delicious ways before, during, and after the flu (or any other virus that shall remain unnamed)!

Anti-viral Elderberry Spritzer
1 tbsp. elderberry oxymel or syrup 8 oz Elderberry flavored Tonic or other flavored seltzer water 1 sprig of thyme Lime
Recipe type: Herbal remedies
Cuisine: Food is medicine
  1. Put all of the ingredients into a glass with ice.
  2. Garnish with thyme and lime.
  3. Enjoy!
[1] Rodale’s 21st Century Herbal, by Michael J. Balick, Phd, 2014, pg. 260