Flu season is almost here, and like always, there is urgency to PREVENT oneself from getting the flu.
Well a lot of people have ideas of the best way to do that…and I’m all for the ones that are natural, safe and have a history of working!
I got the great idea to make these from Sarah at The Winthrop Chronicles. Here is the original recipe. I wanted to try them for my kids, but I wanted to use homemade yogurt for all its benefits and elderberry for flu prevention…..There couldn’t be a more TASTY or EASY way to help prevent the flu this season!
ELDERBERRY for Flu Prevention
A versatile herb, black elderberry (Sambucus nigra) has been known throughout the ages as a potent immune booster — tackling colds and influenza, heart disease and even cancer. Used for centuries as a folk remedy in North America, Europe, Asia and North Africa, modern science has begun to take notice of the exceptional healing properties of this berry. Jammed packed with organic pigments, flavonoids, vitamins and minerals, elderberry is an excellent addition to any herbal medicine chest.
YOGURT for Immune System Strengthening
Homemade yogurt is CHOCK full of beneficial bacteria that fortify the intestinal track from pathogens (viruses: flu) and toxins (among dozens of other benefits!). It offers nutrients in an easily usable form and is high in calcium, iodine, B-vitamins along with other trace minerals and vitamins. It is a great source of protein and fat, and if it’s from grass-fed cows it also offers high levels of beneficial omega-3 and CLA (anti-cancer). The fats and proteins present in yogurt are essential in building and maintaining a strong immune system, and the fat-soluble vitamins play an intricate role in immune function.
1 C. of homemade yogurt
2 T. elderberry syrup
Sweetener to taste (with honey, maple syrup or liquid stevia)
Stir ingredients together in a bowl.
Pour into a small zip-lock bag, cutting off the tinniest snip of the corner of the bag.
Squirt out small drops of yogurt onto parchment paper until yogurt is gone.
Freeze until solid.
Flip off parchment paper and store in container in freezer.
Eat quickly once out of freezer! These Anti-flu Poppers will melt if they are in warm little hands for too long!