Last Winter was full of illness around here. Little S was just a newborn and Little A bright every illness from school home. Luckily, Little S was being nursed so it never got too bad. Before entering pre-k, Little A had been sick once or twice in her whole life. Her first year of pre-I wasn't too bad, she got colds here and there, but last year was a doozy! We had the stomach virus, every cold that went around, coughs and runny noses, etc. This year I was determined to keep all the germs away!
We are all about hand washing. We actually have a rule in our house that as soon as you come home, you wash. This has helped a lot, but we were doing this last year as well and still were catching everything.
This year (as of now. *knocks on wood*), we have only had two illnesses. One around Christmas and then the one this week. In Little A's school: the stomach virus, strep throat, the flu, all sorts of colds have all gone around. Most in her class as well. Strep throat took out everyone one of her friends, somehow we didn't get it.
So what am I doing differently this year? ELDERBERRY!
Elderberry, are a very good source of vitamin A, providing 17 percent of the daily value. Most importantly they contain infection-fighting vitamin C with 87 percent. That is more than any other plant besides black currants and rosehips. Other nutrients in elderberries include iron (13 percent of the daily value) as well as potassium, vitamin B6, and betacarotene.
Here is a great source with lots of Elderberry info: https://www.google.com/amp/s/draxe.com/elderberry/amp/
This is the Elderberry we buy. I follow the dosage on the back.
Gaia Herbs Kids Black Elderberry Syrup, 3 Ounce https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F1J6ZMW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_XrYVybRGX69QW
As always, I'm not a doctor, just sharing my Motherly insight from experience. Always ask your doctor if Elderberry is safe for your kids and avoid while pregnant or nursing.*
*Personally, I take it while nursing since Little S is taking it anyway straight up.
Fun Elderberry Facts (via Wikipedia):
In some areas, the "elder tree" was supposed to ward off evil influence and give protection from witches, while other beliefs say that witches often congregate under the plant, especially when it is full of fruit.
If an elder tree was cut down, a spirit known as the Elder Mother would be released and take her revenge. The tree could only safely be cut while chanting a rhyme to the Elder Mother.