• Julie Messina

Elderberry in the Summer

Should I continue to use elderberry syrup in the warmer months?

Hooray! Summer is right around the corner. The warmer months are such a special time for my family. The kids adore being outside and there is so much to do. We practically live outside all summer long!

Once summer hits, a lot of people are less consistent about their wellness routine, even us! I don't know about your family, but with two toddlers, our summer days are filled with energy and by evening we are usually rushing cranky kids out of the bath to go straight to bed. During the summer, we do not take our Vitamin D as often because most of our days are plentiful with sunshine. We tend to skip our multivitamin and other supplements occasionally with no worries at all. And yes, even our family forgets to take our daily serving of elderberry, and that's perfectly ok! The great thing about the warmer months is that the typical colds, viruses and plus we worry about tend to be less rampant.

However, there are many reasons we do continue to use our elderberry syrup as often as possible, at least a few times a week all summer long. Elderberries are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants and are a great way to support the immune system. Studies show elderberries help prevent colds & flu as well as cut the duration of symptoms in half. The benefits of elderberry syrup exceed just the cold and flu season. Here's just a few main reasons why we continue all summer long:

  • Helps keep our immune systems strong to prevent and quickly heal from summer colds and viruses. Though we tend to be healthier in the summer, young kids are still occasionally vulnerable to summer viruses, stomach bugs, cold symptoms, runny noses, etc. We love knowing we are getting some extra vitamins and antioxidants when we take our syrup.

  • Helps alleviate seasonal allergies. Our syrup contains ingredients with anti-inflammatory properties which can reduce symptoms of allergies. Regular use of local honey can help prevent the allergens in our area. Our elderberry syrup is made with raw local honey, therefore if you are local to Connecticut, taking J’s Homemade may help provide allergy relief.

  • Promotes positive skin health. In the summer we tend to spend a lot more time in the sun, sweat often, and use sunscreen often. The bioflavonoids, antioxidants, and Vitamin A in elderberries promote healthy skin and prevent wrinkles and dark spots.

  • Aids in digestion. Elderberries are high in fiber which can aid in digestion and reduce bloating and constipation. They have properties that are known to promote positive gut health.

  • Keeps kids on a healthy routine. Many people will agree that kids, especially toddlers, do better on a routine. I know my kids do! We like to continue taking our elderberry syrup not only to stay healthy, but to keep our children on a routine and keep them “used” to taking shots of elderberry. Many parents have experienced their child’s taste for certain foods change. Keeping a consistent syrup routine can help with the refusal or resistance when the Fall starts back up.

Luckily, my kids love taking their elderberry syrup and often ask for it so we are happy to continue using it all summer long. We also enjoy coming up with creative ways to take our elderberry syrup as well as other healthy foods & supplements.

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*This blog post is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any symptoms. Always consult with your physician if you have any questions or concerns regarding your health.

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