School is well underway and as we creep into the colder weather I find myself dreading the inevitable cold & flu season that will be upon us. Last year hit everyone hard including my oldest daughter. So this year I am on a mission to use a natural immune boosting remedy to help keep cold and flu at bay.
After reading many articles and scouring the internet, I finally settled on a natural remedy and recipe. I had posted the article to our Facebook and Twitter pages but wanted to ensure we highlighted it for everyone.
Article and recipe: http://realfoodrn.com/homemade-elderberry-syrup/
Why did I choose to go with Elderberry? After visiting many resources for information, I came to learn that Elderberry is a powerhouse when it comes to health benefits. It is extremely high in vitamin C, more so than any citrus fruit out there. It also has anti viral properties which help to boost the immune system, white blood cell count and attack bacteria and viruses as they enter the body. Elderberry is also rich in Vitamin E and antioxidants.
Elderberry has been studied to show its affects against fighting the flu and it has proven to be very effective. This is not to say that you won't get the flu but if you do, it has been shown to be effective at lessening the duration and symptoms. Elderberry studies have shown that it may also be effective against inflammation, sinus infections, and bronchitis.
For daily prevention, adults can take 1/2 to 1 tbsp and children 2 and up can take 1/2 to 1 tsp. If the flu or cold strikes, they recommend that you take your daily dose every 3-4 hours until the symptoms subside.
This recipe is delicious and makes more than 16oz. I found it filled 1.5 16oz ball jars. I keep it in the frig and give it a good stir before taking out our daily dose. In order for this to last and not become contaminated, please remember to use a clean spoon each time you dip into the jar. My daughter has zero complaints when taking it. :)
Here's to a healthy and happy school year!