We got very lucky this year and didn't really get sick until last week! We all came down with congestion and cough. I guess the conventional protocol would be to give my daughter a decongestant and Tylenol but I would never use any of that stuff. Running the humidifier and diffusing some essential oils really helped all of us but the thing that really helped us get over it fast was elderberry syrup. You can buy it in the store but its much cheaper and healthier to make it yourself. The recipe makes a lot and costs much less then the tiny bottles you can buy pre-made. Also, making it yourself you can make it with raw honey which has added health benefits. The store bought bottle is made with cane sugar which isn't beneficial at all.
How to make Elderberry Syrup:
Put the elderberries and water in a pot and heat until boiling. Once it boils let it cook for 30 minutes. Turn off the heat and let it steep for 15 minutes in the pot. To make this easy, I created a Elderberry Syrup Kit, that contains all the herbs you'll need to make this.
Strain the liquid and pour into the mason jar. Let the liquid sit until completely cooled and then stir in the raw honey. To make it a thicker syrup, use equal parts honey to elderberry juice. Store in the refrigerator.
It's a pretty easy recipe and saves a lot of money! Usually an 8 oz bottle at a health food store is around $18-$20 and it's make with cane syrup, not healthy local honey.
Get my Elderberry Syrup Kit here.