Sunday, 19 January 2014

Magic elixir or sheer coincidence?

I'm probably going to regret writing this post, sod's law being what it is and all that, but here goes.

Back in September 2013, I posted about homemade elderberry cough syrup.  We all got colds a week or so after housemate's son went back to school, and as a result, all took liberal doses of syrup.

Since then, none of us have had a cold.  I do wonder if this is coincidental, but also wonder if elderberry syrup really is the magic elixir as while housemate's son hasn't had a cold since, his mother and grandmother (who didn't get any syrup) with whom he spends most of his time, have.

Either way, I'm not taking any chances and at the first sign of a sniffle, I'll take some.  You watch - now I've written these thoughts down, I'll probably get a horrible cold!

Until next time. x


  1. I made a big batch of this and have taken some in hot water at least twice a week, I did not catch a cold but had the snuffles for a day or two and I put that down to my long standing sinus issues. i am certainly going to make more next year.

  2. Succumbing to a viral infection depends mostly on your overal health, sleep levels and the state of your immune system. Elderberry in either syrup or elixir form is valued by every herbalist and is the only thing to treat real influenza (along with boneset for the aches and pains). There are other anti-virals you can work with such as thyme, sage and calendula petals but elderberry is the most enjoyable. I also swear by fire cider vinegar for bad colds because the horseradish clears blocked nasal passages which is something I can't cope with. (It's a bit like lemon and honey for grown ups!) Next year you might want to try making an elderberry elixir as well as the syrup since the raw berries are more potent and it keeps forever.


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