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Elderberry versus Tamiflu, a comparison

Updated: Oct 26, 2020

The Essential Homemaker Elderberry Syrup is my families choice for daily prevention against the cold and flu. It works against both type A and type B flu. It's a natural remedy that has no side effects, is inexpensive, and has been around for thousands of years. In the world of Elderberry products, we very much prefer this syrup over any other option due to wealth of immune boosting ingredients.


A clinical trial done during a severe flu outbreak in 1992-1993 in Israel showed that black elderberry treated/cured flu symptoms faster than Tamiflu. Another study performed in Oslo, Norway in 2002, also confirmed the amazing efficacy for type A or B flu victims of several different strains. Returns to the state of wellness mostly occurred in two days while a few were well in three days. Tamiflu took 4.5 to 5 days. It took 6 days or more for the flu victims on placebos to recover. There were no side effects from taking elderberry in either study.

Elderberry contains several healthful immune boosting properties, including antioxidants, tannins, vitamins A, B, and C, and flavonoids, just to name a few. But it’s best known for reducing symptom severity and duration after 48 hours of taking it, so it’s important to take it immediately upon having symptoms, and even better to take it daily as a preventative.


Our Elderberry syrup contains several healthful immune boosting properties, including antioxidants, tannins, vitamins A, B, and C, and flavonoids, just to name a few. But it’s best known for knocking out the flu right when it starts, so it’s important to take daily as a preventative.

Raw Manuka honey: potent antibacterial and antiviral properties, along with vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants to support a healthy immune system.

Organic Turmeric: antioxidant and antiseptic that improves overall immunity.

Ginger: contains powerful antimicrobials to battle cold and flu viruses.

Cinnamon: Cinnamon has been historically used to treat the cold and flu, and counteracts congestion, warms the body and enhances digestion. It has also been used for treating gastrointestinal distress and stomach spasms.

Black pepper: allows for better absorption of turmeric.


Not only is Tamiflu only partially effective, but it is expensive, and difficult to get during a serious flu outbreak. The side effects are not only unpleasant, but dangerous as well. In fact, it is banned in Japan because of how dangerous it is. The World Health Organization (WHO) has admitted that Tamiflu is not as effective as previously believed.

The only positive of this very expensive medication is its promise for symptom relief for a period of one and a half days out of six of flu. That's right, it only reduces flu symptoms by a day and a half! But the side effects mimic the flu symptoms anyway! Common side effects include vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, vomiting, headache and coughing. Even worse, over half of 10,000 test cases of Tamiflu, over half exhibited unusual psychotic thoughts and behaviors after taking Tamiflu. That behavior was sometimes as extreme as attempting or committing suicide. In addition, there is evidence that the use of Tamiflu creates an invitation to secondary bacterial infections. This is very unsettling considering that the 1918 flu pandemic reached an epically high death toll largely due to secondary bacterial infections.


Dr. Gabriel Cousens and Dr. Russell Blaylock, among many others, recommend avoiding vaccines. There is significant evidence from several reliable sources that vaccines are not effective. In fact, flu vaccines tend to weaken the immune system, sometimes even bringing about worse conditions than the viral infection itself.

I always suggest seeking out a doctor that embraces natural wellness and seeking a good, reliable, honest opinion as to whether or not the risk outweighs the benefits. You have to make the right decision for you family, but I will always recommend doing your research, employing a medical professional that will listen and support your needs for your families best interest, and ask questions. You are allowed to ask questions.


The Essential Homemaker Elderberry Syrup is super powerful and a wonderful addition to a healthy, well balanced diet and an active lifestyle to prevent cold and flu viruses.

We use only the highest quality, organic ingredients, raw Manuka honey, along with certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils.

Dosage recommendations:

For prevention: I recommend starting off with 1 teaspoon 1 time per day for 3 days, then increase to 2 teaspoons 1 time per day for 3 days, with a final increase to 1 Tablespoon 1 time per day for the ADULT preventative dose.

When sick: I recommend using The Essential Homemaker Elderberry Plus+. It is the same great, effective base Elderberry Syrup with added herbs of: Golden Seal, Astragulus, Reshi, Dandelion and Olive Leaf. Use the same doses as listed above. Only use Elderberry Plus+ while having symptoms of illness. Discontinue once symptoms subside, and return to regular Elderberry Syrup as your daily prevention!

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