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Elderberry Preparations To Boost Your Immune System

Beautiful Black Elderberries

This summer has been a little rough on me as far as my sinuses and allergies.  Someone told me that when you get older, your allergies will start giving you more problems.  Well, if getting older isn’t enough of a problem, adding allergies to it is just icing on the cake!

According to a WebMD article titled, “Adult Onset Allergies”, Kevin McGrath, MD, an allergist in Wethersfield, CT says, “the majority of people get allergies for the first time — when I say allergies, I mean like allergic rhinitis, asthma, those kinds of things — as a kid. But we often see the onset in a lot of adults, around the 30s and 40s, and another group in the 50s and 60s. It can go in any age group.”(1)

I Had To Do Something!

With my ongoing training in herbalism, I knew that elderberries were good for the immune system.  Since I love making tinctures, I started an elderberry tincture.  My husband likes the syrup which I had previously made for him.  I went ahead and started taking a dose of that here and there.  It’s a little sweet for me.  Imagine that, a diabetic saying something is a little too sweet!

Black Elderberries

My elderberry tincture steeps in vodka for 6 to 8 weeks, but it was going to be worth waiting for.  However, I did notice on the days that I took several doses of the elderberry syrup, my allergy symptoms eased.  Now I know I can’t wait until my tincture is ready.

The Four Top Health Benefits of Elderberries

  • Aids In Digestion
  • Improves Heart Health
  • Improves Respiratory Health
  • Boosts Immunity
    I made Elderberry infused local raw honey

Since we are talking about boosting the immune system in this post, let’s look closer at that.  According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, Elderberries are full of nutrients such as minerals like iron, potassium, phosphorus.  These berries also contain proteins, fiber and vitamins such as A, B, and C.  Knowledge gained from my Herbalism training at The Herbal Academy, a few properties of the elderberry include anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, and immune stimulant. 

Why I Take My Elderberry Tincture

Beautiful Black Elderberries

When I take my tincture, it eases my allergy and sinus symptoms and discomfort.  I can tell on the days that I do not take my tincture.  My allergy symptoms flare-up.  That’s my reminder that I need to take my tincture.  On bad days I take a dose up to 3 times a day.  With the Fall and Winter seasons approaching I really need to get in a habit of taking this tincture several times per day.

The Elderflowers Too!

Recently I have learned in my herbalism classes that the elderflower also eases

Beautiful Elderflowers

the discomforts of colds, the flu, and sinus infections.  The elderflower is known as a diaphoretic and relaxing which makes it particularly appropriate in managing any fever.  Elderflower can also ease mucous membrane inflammation and sinus congestion.

My suggestion is that if you come down with an infection, both elderberry and elderflower are useful to ease the discomforts of colds, the flu, and sinus infections.  The elderberry is going to be useful for its properties as an immune stimulant and as an antiviral. (2)

My Big Plan

My Tincture

My big plan now is to make more of these two tinctures.  Why am I going to make more of these tinctures?  I want to give you the opportunity to purchase these tinctures from right here on my website!  Just as I’m doing, I want you to be able to prepare your body for the Fall and Winter months.  You too can take Elderberry Tincture to help build up your immune system or calm your already irritated allergies and sinuses.

Preparing Tinctures in my kitchen

My granddaughter has already been taking Elderberry tincture for several weeks now in preparation for going back to school.  My daughter mixes a few drops of tincture in some water.  My granddaughter drinks it down.

My Granddaughter, My Helper

Tenley, my granddaughter,

Elderberry Jam is also made as a favorite

has been spending time with me over the summer and she is becoming quite the little herbalist at the age of seven. She helped prepare her tincture and is very proud of it and religiously takes it every day.  I’m so very proud of her.  Tenley is taking her Elderberry Tincture prior to going back to school to build her immune system.

If you have children, and when they get around the others, they will start catching the sniffles, colds, stomach bugs and whatever else is floating around.  This will be the first run on trying this for her.  Tenley does suffer from allergies throughout the year so we are hoping this tincture will also assist with that problem with continued use.  My daughter will write a product review when the item goes on the website for sale.

More To Come!

There are more tinctures, plus other products in the works that I plan to put on my website for purchase.  They are in the testing phase at the present time.  I want to make certain that the products that I am creating work and do what I want them to do.  Working with herbs and essential oils as well together to make natural harmonizing products.

With that being said, if you don’t see a lot of activity on my website, it’s because I’m making a mess in the kitchen!  It’s a lot of fun too, plus my daughter loves trying out all the new things I’m creating!  Keep watching, and hopefully, we will get the store up and rolling soon!

References:

  1. John Donovan. Adult-Onset Allergies, October 23, 2018,  http://www.webmd.com  8/1/19
  1. Introductory Herbal Course – The Herbal Academy, www.theherbalacademy.com

6 Comments

    • robinarroues

      Thank you so much for your comment. My blog was meant for me to speak from my heart, facts that actually occurred in real life and not from research articles. I felt everyone needs to hear what really happens and how ones feels, not research charts during these times. I am following my heart by writing about what it was like as a caregiver. Thank you for taking the time to comment. That’s very encouraging for me. 🙂

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