Elderberry health benefits in smoothie cubes

What is Elderberry Syrup + Cold and Flu Remedy

PUBLISHED: 1.19.2021

These smoothie cubes feature 3 different berries + a whole host of health benefits. If you need vitamin D, then these cubes are for you.

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Elderberry health benefits in smoothie cubes

What is Elderberry Syrup + Cold and Flu Remedy

PUBLISHED: 1.19.2021

These smoothie cubes feature 3 different berries + a whole host of health benefits. If you need vitamin D, then these cubes are for you.

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Elderberry is making a popular name for itself, yet what is elderberry, where can I find it, and how can it help me this cold + flu season? I’ve got all the answers, as well as a great natural remedy. Have these immunity boosting cubes on hand the next time sickness hits your house, and get ready to bust that flu right out the door with the incredible elderberry health benefits.

elderberry health benefits are maximized with other natural ingredients

What is elderberry?

Elderberry is a berry that comes from a Sambucus tree. It’s been used for centuries by people throughout North America, Europe, northern Africa, and parts of Asia to relieve pain, inflammation, and swelling. Raw elderberries are poisonous, so make sure they are properly cooked before consuming.

Elderberry isn’t just a flu fighting force. Cooked elderberries make delicious jams, pies, syrups, juice, and wine, just like other berries. While you might not find them in the produce section of your local grocery store, they can often be found in their dried form in health food stores, or at local markets.

There is some controversy as to the effectiveness of elderberry in medicine, though it is one of the most common natural remedies found throughout history across multiple continents. A study by the US National Library of Medicine showed that elderberry significantly shortened the life of a cold.

try natural elderberry for flu

Where to buy elderberry

Now that we know what elderberry is, let’s talk about where to find it. I make elderberry syrup at home, and typically buy dried elderberries from Mountain Rose Herb. They source USDA certified organic ingredients, which is important to me when making natural remedies. If I’m out of homemade elderberry syrup and in a pinch, then I reach for Sambucol or Gaia black elderberry syrup.

elderberries work to fight the flu, along with other jewel-toned berries

Black elderberry syrup for colds – an age-old remedy

One of the oldest natural remedies for cold, flu, and sinus infections is a syrup made from elderberries. Black elderberries (Sambucus nigra) are a small, firm berry that are a deep, almost-black purple color. They grow in Europe and parts of North America. Like other berries as well as jewel-toned fruits, elderberry health benefits include vitamin C, anthocyanins, and other antioxidants. Vitamin C is especially important for a strong, healthy immune system.

Elderberry smoothie cube immunity boosters

I love using this elderberry smoothie cube recipe when I’m getting ready to travel, as well as when coming home from a trip. They make a great soothing drink full of elderberry health benefits when you feel under the weather. I want my immune system to reach its full potential, and these ingredients help it do just that. Since some of the ingredients in these smoothie cubes aren’t as common, let’s break them down.

olive leaf complex

Natural ingredients that specialize in health

First, I’ll talk about Olive leaf extract, a liquid supplement derived from Olea europaea olive leaves and combined with benign carrier liquids such as glycerine and water. Suggested use for adults is 1 tablespoon per day. Do not give this to children unless instructed to be a medical professional.

Olive oil and olive leaves have been used for centuries for medicinal purposes. Olive leaves contain the powerful antioxidant called Oleuropein as well as a wide range of polyphenols. Oleuropein helps support the immune response and can also help with seasonal wellness.

vitamin d-3 drops combine with elderberry health benefits to bring a great natural remedy

Vitamin D3 is also used in these smoothie cubes. It contains properties that the immune system needs to stay strong. A diet rich in vitamin D3 can help fight certain kinds of cancer, autoimmune diseases, as well as osteoporosis. I use a liquid supplement that uses extra virgin olive oil as the carrier oil.

natural remedies like elderberry syrup have lots of health benefits

More rawkin’ smoothie cube recipes

Smoothie cubes are great to have on hand and whip out when needed. Each recipe has its own incredible list of health benefits, and all of these recipes use plant based ingredients. I love making a few batches of these cubes, and feel like I’m bulking up my medicine cabinet (aka freezer), with great solutions to comment ailments when I do.

As the recipe titles give it away, each one of these smoothie cube recipes use ingredients for a specific purpose. Whether you need help with chronic inflammation, extra vitamin C, or the antioxidant fighting power of berries, I’ve got a smoothie cube recipe for you. Toss these directly into your next smoothie, or use in a drink all their own, depending on your preference.

berries are loaded with antioxidants

Using natural remedies

Once I started using a few natural remedies, and realizing they actually worked, I began finding a whole host of all natural recipes for my family. I don’t waste time on ‘remedies’ that claim to work but don’t. Instead, I’ve found some incredible recipes that really do all that they claim (and then some!), and now I use them on the regular to keep my family healthy.

I also drink a green smoothie every single day, and find that when I stick with them, I don’t get sick as often as when I don’t have my daily smoothie.

elderberry smoothie cubes should be a part of your flu fighting medicine cabinet
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Smoothie Booster Cubes with Elderberry for Colds and Flu

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Smoothie
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: Healthy

Description

Prevent cold and flu season before it starts by keeping your body going with enough vitamin D3, as well as powerful super antioxidant olive leaf complex, and the age old remedy for cold and flu, black elderberry syrup. 


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blackberries
  • 5 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon black elderberry syrup
  • 32 drops from .05 ounce bottle Vitamin D-3 drops 4000IU (100 mcg per serving)
  • 8 ounce (227 g) bottle Olive Leaf Complex
  • Water, if needed


Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients except for water into blender. Puree until smooth. If needed, add enough water so there are 4 cups puree.
  2. Pour into two 16-well standard ice cube trays and freeze until firm enough to pop out. Remove the smoothie cubes from the trays and transfer to an airtight, freezer-safe container until ready to use. 
  3. To use, add 4 cubes per every 16 ounce smoothie.
  4. Substitute 4 cubes for 1/2 cup fruit in smoothie recipe, if desired.

Notes

  • Other fruit or berries can be substituted for the blackberries and blueberries. Strawberries are very high in vitamin C and would make an excellent substitute.
  • See this blog post for DIY Black Elderberry Syrup. Dried elderberries can be found online at stores like Mountain Rose Herbs.

Keywords: immune smoothie

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  1. Tamara McKinney says:

    I made the entire recipes of smoothie cubes. But this was an instant hit with my cold symptoms. I went out and came back with sniffles. I simply popped one cube in my mouth with nothing else. Maybe a chaser of water. Immediately within minutes no more sniffles and I know I was on the verge of a cold. I haven’t had any more symptoms. I use to take elderberry syrup daily in the winter. The olive leaf adds a little cough syrup like taste. However these cubes are a fun way to get your greens in for the day as well.

  2. Tamara McKinney says:

    I made the entire recipes of smoothie cubes. But this was an instant hit with my cold symptoms. I went out and came back sniffles. I simply popped one cube in my mouth with nothing else. Maybe a chaser of water. Immediately within minutes no more sniffles and I know I was on the verge of a cold. I haven’t had any more symptoms. I use to take elderberry syrup daily in the winter. The olive leaf adds a little cough syrup like taste. However these cubes are a fun way to get your greens in for the day as well.

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      So AWESOME Tamara!! Love how you showed that cold who’s boss!!

  3. Jess Spitsbergen says:

    These are amazing! Not only are they packed with great immune boosting vitamins, but the taste mixes well with any smoothie I’ve had them in!!

  4. Cassi Griswold-Lintz says:

    I made the elderberry syrup smoothie cubes today. I had just purchased some fresh blackberries and blueberries at Sprouts when I saw this recipe. I make my own elderberry syrup using dried elderberries in my frig at all times — yes, in my opinion it works in keeping us well.
    I sampled the smoothie cube mixture as I put them in the ice trays — boy is it good! So excited to add to our daily smoothies. Come on freezer, freeze those smoothie cubes quickly!!!

  5. The advice given above is highly relevant.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Thank you Doretta!! We are so glad that this was helpful to you!

  6. Nava says:

    I saw your publications earlier, however this one I believe the very best.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Thank you so much for that great compliment, Nava!! We are so happy that you enjoyed this.

  7. Jen Hansard says:

    I’ve been using these ingredients with my kids for years and they do help! I love having the cubes to quickly boost any smoothie when colds + flus are going around the school. I def recommend making these to be ready for the cold + flu season!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      I am so glad your kids love these! They really are the best!!

  8. Geneva Noah says:

    So if we make these, can we serve to children? I always make a green smoothie each school day morning & divide it 4 ways between myself and 3 kids 12, 10 & 9…but the olive leaf says not for children. Please advise as we’ve seen benefits from elderberry gummies when feeling eu down. I’d love to try this instead.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Geneva,

      Yes, this would probably be best for adults only. However some people give their kids small amounts of olive leaf so it really depends on what you and their pediatrician decide.

      Hope that helps!

  9. Laura Allison says:

    Excited to try this, thank you! In your notes about olive oil leaf you mentioned not to give it to kids, so is this is considered the “adult” version (take out olive leaf for kids?)? Thanks again, hooked on smoothies, thanks for the awesome recipes!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Laura,

      Yes, this would probably be best for adults only. However some people give their kids small amounts of olive leaf so it really depends on what you decide.

      Hope that helps!

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