Elderberry Syrup Saves the Day!


Well, friends, it’s winter. And part of winter (and part of life) is getting sick sometimes. Even the most dedicated yogi, raw foodist, or macrobiotic enthusiast gets sick sometimes. We’re all just human.

Sore throat, headache, chest pains — I woke up feeling less than good. So, I visited a pharmacy clinic and, honestly, sometimes a place like that is a lifesaver. I just wanted to make sure I didn’t have strep throat, which it turns out I don’t, and get some antibiotics if I needed them. It appears that my illness is viral, which sometimes presents the conundrum of feeling relieved you don’t have strep, but also being somewhat unsure of what to do next.

Today, I didn’t have a lot of options. My car was buried in snow, I was exhausted and having trouble breathing, and the weather wasn’t the friendliest. I couldn’t make lots of stops and spend lots of money.

I can’t express how happy I was to see elderberry syrup in the vitamin/natural products section of the store! Even a few years ago, it wouldn’t have been possible to buy such a product in a chain pharmacy, so I will count my blessings that times are changing.

After just a few doses of elderberry syrup, my sore throat is already significantly less painful.  And, what can I say, I like a sweet medicinal. The syrup is pretty tasty, a lovely, deep, rich color, and does not contain any harmful sweeteners or additives.

A little more info on the elderberry, from HerbWisdom.com:

“Elderberries (Sambucus) have been a folk remedy for centuries in North America, Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa, hence the medicinal benefits of elderberries are being investigated and rediscovered. Elderberry is used for its antioxidant activity, to lower cholesterol, to improve vision, to boost the immune system, to improve heart health and for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and tonsilitis. Bioflavonoids and other proteins in the juice destroy the ability of cold and flu viruses to infect a cell. People with the flu who took elderberry juice reported less severe symptoms and felt better much faster than those who did not.”

You can read more here.

I feel very grateful for the many tried and true natural remedies that exist and am in awe of the collective wisdom of humans and the creative ways our ancestors used plants, flowers, fruits and herbs to heal themselves and their communities.

What’s your go-to cold remedy?  I’d love to use this space to share ideas!

In health, Emily