Tips My Family Uses To Avoid All The Winter Sickness
It's no secret that once flu season and all the other yuck that comes along with winter arrives, I do my best to avoid all of it as much as possible, but the reality is I do still have to go out in public and so that means I'm probably going to run into at least one sick person (whether they realize they are sick yet or not) 😒
My go-to's along with as much avoidance as possible? 😂 I make Elderberry syrup and hand sanitizer. The reason why I make as many of my items as possible is because I don't like the majority of the ingredients in many of our foods and products. Have you ever taken two or three ingredients and looked up what they are and what they're known to do/cause? Terrifying!
The elderberry syrup I made for the first time last month (I'm almost ready to make another batch). I do not give my toddler the elderberry syrup, please see my note below for children. My son still nurses so my hope is some of my boosted antibodies are making it to him through my milk.
I have been making my own hand sanitizer for over a year. I keep bottles of them in my house, in my car, in my diaper bag.......any time sickness is abundant, my hand sanitizer is used abundantly and making both of these things is extremely easy! See below for how you can make your own.
Elderberry Syrup (takes less than an hour to make)
3/4 cup dried elderberries
3 cups of water
1 cup honey
1 teaspoon dried cinnamon
1 tablespoon fresh ginger (optional)
* Add the elderberries, water, cinnamon and ginger (if using) to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer covered about 45 minutes. You want the liquid to reduce to about half.
* Strain berries and liquid through a fine mesh strainer and using a spoon press the berries to extract all of the liquid from them.
* Add honey and mix well.
Store your syrup in an air tight container for up to two months
Note on Elderberry Syrup and children **** Please discuss with your doctor before giving to your child as I have found that Elderberry syrup is not recommended for children under 2 years of age and honey should not be given to any child under a year old.
Fill squeeze tube with aloe vera gel to about half way. Add witch hazel until bottle is about 3/4 full with the aloe and witch hazel combined. Shake well. Add two drops of tea tree oil and two drops of lavender essential oils and shake well again. The consistency can be adjusted from here for your preference. If it's too thick add a little witch hazel. If it's too thin add a little aloe to it.
The great thing about this hand sanitizer is it doesn't have any alcohol, instead it uses witch hazel which is known to help fight bacteria. When witch hazel is used alone, it can be drying but the aloe is a great moisturizer so it doesn't cause dryness while also providing it's own bacteria fighting elements.
Hope everyone stays healthy!