Tis that season! I'm not having it. Meaning, just because "everyone is sick" doesn't mean you need to be. I can't tell you how many times I've been surrounded by cold-flu-caught colleagues and not caught the bug. It is possible to accomplish a fall/winter without coming down with something. It is possible to go years without meds - at the very least, no antibiotics. Though now I'll probably be laid out for bragging. Regardless, here's something that will help:
Elderberry Decoction: Elderberry is one of the most potent antioxidant herbs out there. Taken as a decoction, you get a concentrated dose of the herb, in a palatable (and hey, pocket-sized!) formula. While most recipes include honey, mine doesn't, because sugar is the last thing you want while ill or on the verge. This batch was freshly brewed with beautiful purple-black elderberries, plus ginger, cinnamon and a special mulling spice blend. It smelled like pie and looked like a galaxy. So much goodness.
From me for the cause, which is you, the collective. So, while "everyone" is under the weather, maybe we can enjoy it instead. xR
- Benefits of Elderberry Elderberries (Sambucus) have been a folk remedy for centuries in North America, Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa.
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 tonsillitis.
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.
Elderberries contain organic pigments, tannin, amino acids, carotenoids, flavonoids, rutin, viburnic acid, vitaman A and B and a large amount of vitamin C.
Flavonoids, including quercetin, act as powerful antioxidants and protect cells against damage.
The wide range of medical benefits is probably due to the enhancement of each individual's immune system.
Further research indicates that anthocyanins found in elderberries possess significantly more antioxidant capacity than either vitamin E or vitamin C.