Waging war… against the unbeatable…


It’s that time of year… an all out declaration of war. The war on germs. They’re everywhere right now!

I am a germaphobe. A REALLY BAD ONE. I’m the kind of person who will lysol a room when you’re walking out of it. I’ll have my kids use hand sanitizer after they’ve hand sanitized. I’m the first in line to get a flu shot. Yes, crazy doesn’t even begin to describe it, I know. Oh- and, yes, I am one of those self-diagnosing people who frequently visits WedMD.

Despite my irrational behavior towards germs I am proud to say that I do not over medicate… unless you consider a vast amount of chicken soup, Vitamin C, rest and water as over doing it. I try to focus primarily on wholesome foods and vitamins… with a little spritz of sanitizing agent (insert hand slap). But guess what: I’ve now found elderberry, specifically elderberry syrup.


Elderberries are amazing for flu and cold fighting. They are rich in antioxidants, the highest concentration of antioxidants of any berry in the world. Elderberries are an immune system booster as well as an agent in lowering cholesterol, improving vision and heart health, and fighting off bacterial and viral infections.

Here are some of the most noteworthy properties of elderberries:

  • antioxidant (inhibits oxidation which can be damaging to living organisms)
  • diaphoretic (induces sweating)
  • diuretic (causes increased urination)
  • laxative (helps evacuate the bowels)
  • immune-boosting
  • anti-inflammatory

The kids and I take a teaspoon a day. The kids don’t like the taste much, but oh well. They just chase it down with water or juice. Me, I think it tastes like a combination of prune, blueberry and grape.

In the end, I don’t know if my crazy habits will ward off the super germs that circulate this time of year. But one thing I do know… nothing beats some good ole’ TLC.

This post was featured at the Homestead Barn Hop!




About Diary of a Wanna Be Homesteader...

Call me the black sheep of the family. I’m a 30-something (pushing 40) socially inept gal living in the beautiful state of Maine, mother of two rambunctious children, to include two dogs with a combined weight of 300 lbs. I met my husband, self-professed anti-social media mogul, in Japan. We met in November 1998, married in May 1999… happily ever after. After much exploration, and two children later, we settled in Maine to raise our family away from the hassles of city life. Surrounded by trees and clean air we’ve built a spectacular life on 3 acres. Folks may call us anti-social… we like to call ourselves pr0-self. We value each other, our family and our passions in life more than pleasing others. I buy milk in glass bottles. I drive a Prius. I am a weather junkie. I must drink a cup of coffee daily. I believe in buying local. I love knitting but don’t do it often enough. Sunflowers make me happy. Fishing calms my soul. This blog is about my love of a simpler life… family, love, gardening, nature, independence. This is the place where I will share it, and begin my journey to obtain that life, one step at a time.

2 responses to “Waging war… against the unbeatable…

  1. Emiko

    I never knew about elderberry syrup – I’m going to have to try a bottle of that!

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