Everyone asks me how I stay so healthy. I might get a runny nose once or twice a year as is the same with my family. My son is 4 years old and has only been sick once, shortly after starting pre-k last year. We follow the 90/10 rule in our house. 90% of the time we eat healthy and 10% we don’t. It’s amazing how when I was growing up how sick I was most of the time. I was extremely overweight and always seemed to be taking some kind of anti-biotics. I have NOT taken any type of medication for sickness in almost 20 years! It’s so incredible after always being so sick for most of my life and now I just heal my body with the right foods and I’ve learned to listen to my body. I know what it’s telling me and I listen. No, my body doesn’t call me on my cell to tell me what to do. There are certain subtle and not so subtle cues I’ve learned to simply notice. These cues were never taught to me as I was growing up and I simply ignored them. Because of that I was always eating (way too much), always sick or another trip to the hospital. Looking back, it was so pathetic. I refuse to let my son grow up that way! Thankfully, he is happy and healthy.
I don’t keep any medicines in my house, not even Tylenol. My family never gets the flu shot or any other shots. Since I’m a crunchy mama, I find all kinds of natural alternatives. An amazing home remedy that I started using many years ago is made from Elderberries. Elderberries contain high levels of A, B and C vitamins and stimulate the immune system. I make my own homemade Elderberry syrup and keep it in the fridge at all times. It has been said that it wards off the flu and also helps heal the body from most illnesses faster. Most syrups sold in stores are tiny and are so expensive! The recipe I use makes at least 16 ounces and is a fraction of the cost. We drink this syrup every morning with our vitamins and if we feel like we might be coming down with something, we just take extra.
Homemade Elderberry Syrup
Ingredients (all organic):
- 2/3 cup black Elderberries (I buy a pound of organic elderberries online and freeze them)
- 4 cups of water
- 2 Tablespoons fresh ginger (grated from the root or jarred)
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon powder
- 1/2 teaspoon clove powder
- 1 cup raw honey
- Pour water into a medium saucepan.
- Add elderberries, ginger, cinnamon and cloves (DO NOT ADD HONEY YET)
- Bring to a boil, cover and let simmer on medium/low for about 30/45 minutes. The liquid should reduce to almost half.
- Remove from heat and let cool enough to be handled.
- Pour through a strainer into a glass jar or bowl.
- Squeeze the berries through the strainer to get out any juices.
- Discard the berries or compost them.
- Let the liquid cool to lukewarm or cooler.
- When the liquid has cooled, now add the honey and stir well.
- When the honey is well mixed into the berry mixture, pour the syrup into a pint sized mason jar or glass bottle of some kind.
Store in the fridge and take daily for its immune boosting properties. Remember to shake well as the honey might separate.
1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon for kids and 1/2 Tablespoon to 1 Tablespoon for adults. If flu or illness does occur, take the normal dose every 2-3 hours instead of once a day until symptoms disappear.
Let me know if you try this recipe and how it works for you!!