General, Holistic, Mom

Elderberry Syrup (Psst! You can buy it here!)

If you ever been sick, run down or not feeling 100% yourself, then you need Elderberry in your life.

I’ve currently opened my small side business in making elderberry syrup. All syrup is made with organic elderberries and local Florida honey. I am currently taking orders for 8oz. & 16 oz. jars. If you would like a different size please contact me and we can work it out. All orders are made to order (fresh). Please allow 1 to 2 days for processing and shipping. Feel free to contact me with any questions. Shipping is included in the cost at checkout.

Black Elderberry As Medicine: How Does It Work?

Black elderberries are full of antioxidants, a characteristic many dark-colored fruits and vegetables share. Antioxidants help the body in dealing with free radicals we come into contact with in our environment, as well as assisting our immune systems.

Studies have also shown that black elderberry stimulates the immune system by increasing lymphocytes, a part of the immune system that fights disease. This helps in fighting off cold and flu viruses.

Black elderberry has been shown to aid in fighting off the flu virus in other ways as well. The flu virus, under a microscope, has spikes that project out from it, and with these spikes, it pierces the wall of healthy cells in order to reproduce. Black elderberry, when taken into the body, has the ability to flatten the virus’ spikes, rendering it incapable of reproducing and preventing the body from getting the full-blown flu virus.

Elderberry extract appears to be the best method of getting the benefits of elderberry during cold and flu season. Apparently, your grandma’s elderberry cobbler won’t give you the same benefits.

If you’d like to purchase some Organic Elderberry Syrup you can do so below. Shipping is included in the cost of the item. Questions? Feel free to shoot them my way.


ACV & its Benefits

So what is ACV? Apple Cider Vinegar, also known as ACV, is made from apple cider that has undergone fermentation to form health-promoting probiotics and enzymes, giving it significantly less sugar and fewer calories than apple cider or apple juice. In fact, it only takes one to two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to take advantage of the health benefits of apple cider vinegar and each tablespoon clocks in at just 3–5 calories and contains minimal sugar.

Apple cider vinegar uses range from soothing sunburns to giving your gut health a boost. Some even suggest that apple cider vinegar cures cold symptoms and seasonal allergies as well as acid reflux.

Apple cider vinegar can help regulate blood sugar levels, enhance weight loss, lowers cholesterol, improves skin health, reduces blood pressure and relieves symptoms of acid reflux.

I am going to concentrate on weight loss here since its one of New Year’s Resolutions.

There is a plethora of research out there confirming the benefits of apple cider vinegar for weight loss. In one study, consuming just two tablespoons per day of apple cider vinegar over 12 weeks resulted in nearly 4 pounds of weight loss with no other modifications to diet or lifestyle.

Studies show that apple cider vinegar may also increase satiety, which can help reduce intake and amp up weight loss. In fact, one study showed that drinking apple cider vinegar actually decreased total caloric intake by up to 275 calories over the course of the day.

So I decided I’m going to put this to the test. Having a recent conversation with a likeminded friend, the subject of yeast overgrowth came up. She mentioned how the difficulty of weight loss could be due to candida overgrowth, which ACV is also good for. So in light of my New Year’s Resolution I am going to do a little experiment with myself. Everyday, I will take 2 to 3 tablespoons of ACV, once in the morning, once mid-day (this is going to be difficult while I’m at work) and once in the evening. I am going to monitor to my weight daily and see if in a week there is any weight loss. Along with that, I will also monitor any changes, for example, changes to my skin, how I feel, sleep etc, without changing anything that I am already doing. I will definitely post my updated results in a week. If things look good and continue to progress well, I might continue to do the ACV.

Have you tried taking ACV for any reasons? How were the results? Any tips, tricks or recommendations? I would love to hear from you.