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)
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!