She drank the Kool Aid: Elderberry Syrup

Totes is holding a jar of organic, homemade Elderberry Syrup that we have been drinking daily as part of an immunity boosting routine this winter.  This mamma is a believer! Read more about it on my blog post: She drank the Kook Aid: Elderberry Syrup by Totes and the City

When Totes was first born, I started following a mom's group that is centered around a natural approach to medicine.  Very anti-vax, breastmilk and chiropractic cures all kind of talk.  Over the years that I've tuned in to the conversations brought up on this group, I've come across the question "my baby has a cold, what can I do?" about a hundred times.  And every time, the response is always: breastmilk in the nose to relieve congestion, up your daily dose of probiotics and extra doses of elderberry syrup.
Admittedly, I tried the first two but until recently, hadn't given much thought into the last. This little concoction kept popping up in conversations though so I was intrigued.  

Recently, in a local parents group here in Seattle, a lady mentioned she was making batches of the stuff in her kitchen and offering it for sale to the community.  I figured it was a good time to give it a try!  And I have to say, I'm a believer.  

We're now almost half way through winter and I have yet to catch a thing (I know, I know, knocking on wood as I type).  Totes, being in school several days a week, has only come home with a small cold ONCE and it was mild and went away quickly.

Coincidence?  Possibly. But all I've been hearing from my friends is how many times their kids (and they themselves) have already been sick this season. 

My husband has yet to drink the juice and has already had a few run downs of this or that.  So I keep hassling him to take it!

I got my organically homemade batches from a local mom named Holly Cooper.  You can find out more about her Elderberry Syrup on her website:

The dose for an adult is one tablespoon per day and for a child is one teaspoon per day. I don't give any to Apple yet because this recipe contains honey (great for the propolis but not safe for children under one) and I am hoping she's getting some of the good stuff through my breastmilk since we are still exclusively breastfeeding.  (Editing to add: as of 2017 she is now making two versions: Organic Elderberry Syrup with Honey and Organic Elderberry Syrup with Maple Syrup! Safe for children under one!)

I really like the taste and Totes gladly drinks it too! 

Want more info? Here's a great article on the power of Elderberries from Wellness Mama.  If you're local to Seattle and want more information on where I purchased mine from, click here to view the Holly's website for ordering and information.  She also sells local, organic Bone Broth!

So have you tried it or found something else that works well for you?  Tell me what you think in the comments below!