Do you dread the onset of colder weather and the inevitable germs that come with it?
Are you tired of waiting for the nebulizer to do it’s job after hours and hours of treatments for congestion?
I was in that place two years ago.
As soon as congestion hit my asthmatic kids, we’d spend a week or two doing breathing treatments several times a day. Colds in our house used to last weeks.
But for the last 2 years, I’ve been using a few natural home remedies that have helped us avoid having to break out the nebulizer at all when colds hit our family.
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What are these secret weapons?
Secret weapon #1, a product called Scout Out from Trilight Health. Scout Out is an herbal formula that helps fight cold and flu symptoms. It’s like taking Echinacea, but with some extra ingredients that help the body fight illness.
Once the sniffles started, I gave my son a dose of Scout Out along with a dose of Trilight’s ASMA formula since he tends to start wheezing when he’s congested. (Don’t miss the Trilight Coupon at the end of this post.)
Then I brought out secret weapon #2: elderberry syrup.
Why is elderberry syrup so great at fighting colds?
Elderberry syrup is a delicious treat that we keep on hand especially during the winter to boost the immune system. Taking elderberry supplements can shorten the duration of the flu by 50%!
You can of course buy it in capsule form, but we much prefer to take it as a yummy syrup. It’s simple to make and a quart lasts my family of 6 for 3-4 weeks. Most importantly, I’ve seen a real effect when taking it for colds and flu.
Here’s how to make elderberry syrup
- ¾ c dried elderberries (see below on where to purchase)
- 5 c water
- ½ – 1 c honey or sugar (depending on how sweet you want it)
- 1 tsp dried ginger or a 1 in. piece of fresh ginger
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 TBSP rose hips (this adds vitamin C)
- Put all ingredients except sugar or honey into a saucepan.
- Simmer on medium-low for 30-45 minutes until liquid is reduced by half.
- Strain off liquid into a jar and add sugar or honey while still warm. Mix to combine.
- Label and store in the refrigerator for up to a month.
I like this on the less sweet side, but my kids prefer it made with plenty of honey. (But don’t give honey to kids under one.) I’ve even tried it sweetened with stevia which was not bad, but we usually use plain old white sugar.
To use elderberry syrup
Take up to 1 tablespoon daily as an immune booster or 1-2 teaspoons every 4 hours when cold symptoms appear.
Where to get dried elderberries
One half pound of berries will make 4-5 batches.
Cost per quart batch: approximately $4.
Other uses for elderberry syrup
Of course you don’t have to be sick to enjoy elderberry syrup. Use it as a healthy alternative to maple syrup on pancakes! Some in my house like to eat it over fresh berries.
Trilight Health Coupon
If you’d like to try Scout Out or any of their other products, Trilight Health has offered Early Bird Mom readers a 10% coupon, good off of your first order. Plus, they have a free shipping for orders over $25 right now. Use coupon EARLYBIRD10 to get this deal.
Cautions and considerations
As with any health issue, please use common sense, and consult your doctor if you have any questions. I’m not a medical professional, just a mom who hates to see her kids sick and loves sharing helpful remedies.
My son is on day 2 of his cold and so far, he hasn’t needed any breathing treatments. I’m ready with the inhaled meds if necessary, but I’m hopeful the natural remedies will be enough. He needed just 1 treatment last month when he got sick, a huge improvement over the weeks of medicine he used to require.