According to the CDC, flu season typically runs from December to February, but can sometimes last until May. I think this year is one of those times, not-to-mention, the coronavirus is rapidly sweeping across the globe. During this crazy and scary time, it’s essential to keep our immune systems strong, and that means taking preventative measures to stay healthy. Here are two items that I keep in my medicine cabinet because you never know how the wind will blow!
Vitamin C is an important antioxidant that helps keep the body healthy and strong. It can be found in fruits and vegetables, as well as taken as a supplement. Research suggests that Vitamin C doesn’t prevent the common cold but does shorten its duration.
The use of Elderberry syrup has grown in popularity in recent years as it is known to boost immune systems. It’s packed full of Vitamin C and also contains vitamins A, B6, and iron. When taken by mouth, the syrup is a remedy for several ailments, including the common cold and flu (by shortening symptom durations), inflammation, and sinus pain. Here’s a nutrient-rich Elderberry Syrup recipe to try at home.
Homemade Elderberry Syrup
Cook Time: 10 minutes | Servings: About 30 tablespoons
- 3 1/2 cups of filtered water
- 2/3 cup of elderberries
- 3/4 cup of raw honey
- 2 tbsps of fresh ginger
- 3-4 tsps of small cloves
- 1 tsp of Ceylon cinnamon
- 1 tsp of ground anise
- Pour water in a medium saucepan and add all ingredients except the honey.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until liquid is reduced by half (30-40 minutes).
- Remove from heat and let the mixture cool to lukewarm.
- Pour through a strainer into a glass container.
- Add the honey to the mixture and combine thoroughly.
- Your syrup is ready.
Kids: 1/2-1 tsp
Adults: 1/2-1 tbsp
*Elderberries are not safe for pregnant women and people with certain ailments and illnesses. Please consult your doctor before consumption.