Julie On TV: Fight the Flu – Naturally!

In case you missed Julie’s recent appearance on Good Day Tampa Bay, check out this link and learn how to winterize your immune system! Then, read on, and get the recipe for her famous Super Elderberry Tea!


Mankind has relied on the diminutive elder tree for literally thousands of years for its healing powers.  A tea made from the flowers soothes upper respiratory conditions and will guarantee a good nights sleep, while the berry — that amazing little berry– has been kicking colds and flu to the curb since ancient Egyptian times.

Clinical studies prove that a decoction of elderberry keeps viruses from replicating and invading healthy cells, with a cure rate of 90% within 72 hours.  Those are impressive stats.

Elderberry is amazing for the body in other ways, too. It relieves sinus and bronchial issues (both inflammation and congestion), soothes sore throats, and is powerfully antioxidant.  With all that, what’s not to love?  Here’s Julies favorite recipe for a kicked-up elderberry concoction sure to ease those winter ailments!

Super Elderberry Tea

5 TBSP dried elderberries

1 TBSP marshmallow root

1 TBSP ginger root

2 TBSP rosehips

(This recipe makes 3 batches)

Place all ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid; shake well to combine.

Bring 1 quart of water to boil in a saucepan. Add 1/4 cup of the herb mixture, and reduce heat. Simmer 15 minutes, then cover, turn off the heat and allow to sit for 30 more minutes, stirring occasionally. Strain into a jar with a tight fitting lid.

To dose, pour 1/2 cup of the tea decoction into a cup, add boiling water to fill cup. (For children under 6 use half the adult dose) Sweeten with honey or stevia if desired. Drink at least 3 cups per day at first symptom of cold or flu. Keep remaining tea refrigerated; the medicinal properties will remain intact for 3 days. Store the dry mixture in an airtight jar or container.

This information is provided for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any illness or disease, nor should it be considered medical advice or a substitution for the care of a qualified health professional.  

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