My family and I have lived a non toxic lifestyle for almost 6.5 years now and I’ve researched and learned a lot through out that time. I am not a doctor so please don’t think of this as medical advice, but I have done more than my fair share of research. Also my husband is a Doctor of Chiropractic so between him and myself, we are very confident in our decisions when it comes to treating our family holistically. During cold and flu season, I am very passionate about treating without prescription meds. I feel like this is something that we can all learn from and use to really take our health back into our own hands.

First and foremost, we believe that the body functions best when the spine is in proper alignment, so chiropractic adjustments play a big part in our health. Most of the benefits associated with chiropractic care are due to patients receiving specific chiropractic adjustments. These chiropractic adjustments work by helping to place your spine in the proper position that then allows the body to heal itself. As a holistic and alternative treatment approach, chiropractic adjustments can reduce stress placed on someone’s immune system, freeing up energy to be used towards disease prevention and maintaining homeostasis. Our family gets full body adjustments twice a week to maintain our care. I have seen chiropractic adjustments lower my children’s fevers, stop excessive crying, help them use the bathroom when backed up, and make an ear ache disappear. If any of us are ever sick, adjustments are the first thing we turn to when starting the healing process. All of my children have been adjusted since birth, I’ve gotten adjusted for 7 years and I’ve seen a dramatic weight difference by doing so. I also continue to get adjusted during my pregnancies because there are many benefits.

My love for holistic remedies runs deep y’all and I am always researching what I can add into the mix to help strengthen our immune systems. Elderberry syrup is something that I started hearing about two years ago. I purchased a big mason jar premade from a local lady in Myrtle Beach and fell in love. It tastes delicious and the health benefits are unreal! It was almost $50 for that big quart but it lasted us all winter and it proved to be worth every penny.

I have actually found a better price point with premade kits from my friend Ashley who owns The Farm Life. She is a wealth of knowledge and I have enjoyed following her social media accounts because they are full of nutritional information. Elderberries are packed full of nutrients like iron, potassium, phosphorus, copper, vitamins A, B and C, and proteins. Not only does it help with heart health, respiratory health, diabetic issues, and bone health, it boosts your immune system enough to fight off colds and the flu! There are certain antibacterial and anti-infectious qualities in elderberry syrup (not juice) that make it very potent and helpful when fighting a cold or flu. We each take a spoonful a day and increase that to two spoonfuls when sick.

I strongly urge you to purchase a few of Ashley’s Elderberry kits to keep on hand. I have one that I keep in my pantry and it normally makes me four quarts. When I make that batch, I always add Manuka or local honey after it cools. It’s important to add your honey AFTER you take it off the stove and let it cool. If not, it will deplete the honey of all the medicinal benefits. These are SUPER easy to make and you can even turn them into elderberry gummies if you or your children like that form better. My children love elderberry syrup and just drink it straight from the jar!

In addition to Elderberry, I feel strongly that FOOD is our first defense when it comes to boosting immunity from the inside out. We always amp up the use of garlic, turmeric, ginger and bone broth. These all have HIGH nutritional value and help boost your body’s immune system naturally. Let me know if you decide to try anything from The Farm Life, I am curious to hear your thoughts.