With the cooler weather coming, that means long gone are the days of leaving our windows open for fresh air to sweep through. It also means that we will be indoors more as a family. When you get a lot of people indoors you share more germs. With sharing of germs that usually means that a sickness will occur.
Most of the years, we seem to get by with just the normal colds. About every 3 years it seems we get hit with the flu type sickness. With a house full of people being sick at the same time it can make for one weary momma.
What is a mom to do to help prevent this type of sickness? Feed her family a good, healthy, whole foods diet with a minimal amount of processed foods. Plenty of Vitamin C in their smoothies and if all else fails and you get it, be prepared with some elderberry flu syrup.
Studies have found that elderberry eases flu symptoms like fever, headache, sore throat, fatigue, cough, and body ache. The benefits seem to be greatest when started within 24 to 48 hours after the symptoms begin.
I was able to get some fresh elderberries from a friend who has an herb garden. I sat outdoors with my girls and pulled the berries from the branches. I saved 1 cup to make my flu syrup and I dried 1 cup to save for my second batch of the season.
For elderberry flu syrup you will need:
- 1 cup fresh elderberries or 1/2 cup dried
- 1 inch piece fresh ginger root
- 3 cups water
- 1/8 tsp cloves
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
To prepare your ginger root, use a potato peeler and peel off the outside and cut into chunks.
Mash and simmer all for half an hour.
Place in a quart sized jar and refrigerate.
For flu prevention take 2-3 Tbsp daily. If flu has already started increase dosage and it will help lessen the effects of the flu.