Preparing for Cold & Flu Season with Elderberry Syrup


Preparing for Cold & Flu Season with Elderberry Syrup

Lyndsay McLeod, Respect Your Elderberries

August 26, 2019

Well y’all, we made it. Summertime is coming to an end and (hallelujah) the kiddos are making their way back to school. Parents rejoice as normalcy returns to schedules. Incessant snack requests have slowed down, giving our grocery bills a much needed break. But just when we
think the madness has ended, someone wakes up with a fever. It’s inevitable. Less time in the sun, resulting in less vitamin D, and closer quarters usually means equals more illnesses. Thankfully, there are things we can do to our family’s immune systems working at top performance.

Elderberry. Perhaps you’ve heard of it? Referred to as “nature’s medicine chest” by Hippocrates, the elderberry plant is one of the oldest and most effective natural remedies around. Here’s the good news. You don’t have to be a hippie or a philosopher to experience the benefits of the mighty elderberry. Recently, it has earned some mainstream attention for its effect on cold and flu viruses. One double blind, placebo controlled study conducted in Norway on 60 patients (aged 18-54 years) showed impressive results for the effectiveness of elderberry’s antiviral properties. “Patients received 15 ml of elderberry or placebo syrup four times a day for 5 days, and recorded their symptoms using a visual analogue scale. Symptoms were relieved on average 4 days earlier and use of rescue medication was significantly less in those receiving elderberry extract compared with placebo.”

“What our study has shown is that the common elderberry has a potent direct antiviral effect against the flu virus.” 

-Dr. Golnoosh Torabian

A recent study conducted as part of the ARC Training Centre for the Australian Food Processing Industry showed that “compounds from elderberries can directly inhibit the virus’ entry and replication in human cells and can help strengthen a person’s immune response to the virus.” 

As you can see, the recent attention elderberry has been getting is for good reason and we so are excited to see it catch on. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, elderberry can also be helpful in reducing the symptoms of season allergies and even arthritis. 

For a local option, check out Respect Your Elderberries. Our syrup is made with the juice from the elderberries, as opposed to the dried berry. This allows all waterborne compounds to stay in tact that would typically be lost with dehydration.  We also use raw and unfiltered Round Rock Honey, which we never exposed to heat, preserving the beneficial live enzymes.  Find us every Saturday at the Round Rock Farmers Market from 10:00-2:00 and the Sunset Valley Farmers Market from 9:00-1:00. Keeping your family healthy has never been so easy or delicious. 

For more information check out www.RespectYourElderberriesATX.com

5 Tips for Maintaining Your Sanity This School Year


5 Tips for Maintaining Your Sanity This School Year

Laura Standefer, Senior School Readiness Correspondent

August 12, 2019

As the new school year approaches, many of us set goals to get off to a great start. But how do we make sure that we stay calm and prepared throughout the school year? Creating habits and routines can allow us to stay organized and avoid future frustrations. Here are five tips for maintaining your sanity throughout the school year. 

1. Prepare as Much as Possible the Night Before 

Mornings can be so unexpected. The kid that’s usually an early riser decides he’s going not going to get out of bed unless he is dragged out. It takes you longer than normal to find everyone’s shoes. Then, all of a sudden, there’s construction on your commute. By the time you drop off the kids at school, everyone is tense and stressed and the day hasn’t even started. Packing lunches and backpacks the night before can help you get out the door quicker and make mornings a lot less hectic, because who knows what’s going to come up?  

2. Visit the Classroom or School’s Website Regularly

Fortunately, we no longer have to completely rely on our children to tell us when a project is due or when a special event is coming up. Sure, they should carry most of that responsibility, but let’s face it: kids are bad at remembering things. Visiting the classroom website regularly can help parents prepare for projects or special events and allow them to prepare ahead of time, which means less stress for everyone.

3. Amazon Prime

Is there anything that Amazon Prime can’t do? We already use it for everything from birthday presents to toilet paper, why not use it for your school year needs as well? As soon as you get word of an upcoming project, order the necessary materials and supplies off of prime ASAP. It will be at your door the next day and you get get started without running around town shopping for glue sticks and pompoms. 

“Creating habits and routines can allow us to stay organized and avoid future frustrations.”

4. Keep a Calendar on the Fridge

Sure, there are several apps and features on our phones and laptops that help us with reminders, but try keeping a good old-fashioned calendar on the fridge. This way you and your children can get a visual representation of what is due and how many days are left until the deadline. Organization and scheduling can provide kids and parents a clearer path to accomplishing tasks and, therefore, reduces stress and chaos in the future. 

5. Set up a Carpool

Multiple kids means multiple start times for school and multiple extra curricular activities. Even if you have just one kid, transportation can conflict with schedules and eventually becomes a struggle. That being said, why not find someone that you trust to help with pick ups and drop offs? If your kid’s friend’s mom can drive them to soccer after school, that’s one thing off your plate! You can also offer to pick up after practice is over, that way you’re helping another parent out as well. Setting up a good carpool plan can be beneficial for everyone involved.