Cold season is upon us, and the kids are back in in-person learning (woohoo). But that means there are a lot more opportunities for germs to be spread and with all the social distancing over the last 18 -months our immune systems likely need a boost. I like to make a batch of this elderberry syrup every fall provide our bodies with immune boosting compounds. It’s so good the kids ask for it! Be carful though as it will stain clothes so administer it to the kids yourself.
My family rarely gets sick, and we don’t take antibiotics (at least we haven’t had a reason to yet). We keep our immune systems up by eating a variety of colorful whole foods, limit added sugar intake, get adequate sleep, and exercise every day. These are all things that boost the immune system. However, when one of those pesky bugs get in our bodies, we turn to natural herbal remedies before pharmaceuticals.
Elderberries, also known at Sambucus nigra are well known to lessen the length of a cold or mild flu by several days. You can purchase elderberry syrup at most stores but it’s so easy to make, more affordable, and tastes better, so I like to make my own. Plus, I get to choose some other immune boosting herbs and use local raw honey.
I use all organic ingredients. You can find the ingredients at herb and health food stores like PCC (in the greater Seattle area) Whole Foods and various herb shops. You can find them online too if you don’t have a health food store near you.