Winter is a confusing time for the environment and your immune system.
In my world, it has been cold with lots of rain and warm days mixed in. Today happens to be one of those beautiful warm days where the birds are chirping, and the sun is shining. It makes me feel like spring is here, but winter is not over yet!
We are in the thick of it with winter sickness and I am doing my best to keep my family (and everyone around me) on the healthy side.
The cold, winter weather has a significant impact on your health. Not only does it encourage people to stay indoors and spread their germs, but the dry air allows viruses to spread more easily.
The preschool kids I work with are disappearing left and right from colds and the flu, my daughters are experiencing the same thing in their elementary school and our neighbor friends are all sick…It’s that time of the year!
Herbs are an inexpensive and natural way to boost your immune system PLUS you get the added benefits of relaxation, sleep, and stress reduction.
I’m taking a series of herbal classes right now. It’s so much fun and I am learning so much. I want to share with you one of the herbal medicines I’ve learned to make, Elderberry Syrup.
The elderberry plant has been used as a medicinal herb for thousands of years, and today, many studies haven shown it safely fights off upper respiratory infections, influenza symptoms and boosts immunity.
My whole family has been taking it and for the most part, loving it.
Boost your Winter Immune System with Elderberry Syrup
1 cup fresh or ¾ cup dried elderberries
3 cups water
1 tsp cinnamon or ½ cinnamon stick
2 Tbsp fresh sliced ginger
1 tsp cloves
1 cup raw honey
Place elderberries, water, cinnamon, and cloves in a pot. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer for 45 minutes to an hour.
Remove from heat and using a mesh sieve or cheesecloth, strain out mixture. Transfer liquid to a jar and add honey.
Keep in the fridge sealed.
How to take:
Take 1-3 tsp a day as a preventative
If sick, take 1 tablespoon up to 4 times daily
Extra tips to boost immune:
Take cold showers. It builds immunity along with many other health benefits. (I have been doing this and it is invigorating!)
Exercise outside. Keep the body moving, get in that fresh air and Vitamin D.
Eat extra amounts of citrus. Get in that vitamin C.
How are these winter days going for you?
Cheers to your health!