Updated: Oct 17
I think it is fair to say we are SO over hearing about transmissible illnesses. No one wants to talk about Covid-19 anymore. And the flu almost feels like an afterthought.
And yet, here we are. The flu still exists. And it sucks.
So, whether you want to do everything you can to prevent the flu, or you just want to know how to treat the flu naturally if you do get it, this is the article for you.
Way back in 2017-2018, we had the flu in our house 3 times in a 12-month period.
Needless to say, I did a thorough review of the literature to figure out the best way to prevent and treat the flu from ever showing its face in our home again.
At the time of writing, there are no published studies evaluating the use of elderberry and Covid-19.
I am not one to stand up and scream my opinion on hot topics... but if you want my opinion on the flu shot... keep reading.
I get the flu shot every year. My kids get the flu shot every year. My husband never got the flu shot until he had it twice within a year.
If there is a way to prevent getting the flu or lessen the symptoms if we do get the flu, you better believe I am going to get it. That’s my selfish reason for vaccinating.
My not selfish reason...? Herd immunity is the right thing to do to help our neighbors, coworkers, grocery store workers, and the rest of our community decrease the chance they get the flu as well.
A study from 2017 showed that the flu vaccine reduced the risk of flu-associated death in children by half (51%) among children with underlying high-risk medical conditions and by nearly two-thirds (65%) among healthy children. Three out of four children who die from the flu are not vaccinated.
Elderberry and the Flu
Two words that should be glued together in your brain... flu and elderberry.
When my husband had the flu in 2017/2018, we didn’t initially realize it was the flu.... so he didn’t take Tamiflu or any alternative treatment. He was down for TWO solid weeks... like, sleep the entire day on Christmas, the week before, and the week after. When my son got the flu a few months later, I spotted it from a mile away, got a prescription for Tamiflu, took it to the pharmacy, and almost peed my pants when they told me it was going to cost $200. I was almost willing to shell out the $200 as I stood there with my credit card having flashbacks of my husband being down and out for TWO weeks... but decided to do some research into alternative ways to treat the flu to see if there were any other options.
At the time, I had no clue about the amazingness of elderberry.
This stuff is nature’s medicine! And it’s not just for those who want to believe it works. There is research showing its effectiveness.
How does Elderberry work?
It suppresses the virus from replicating... less virus = less symptoms (66% less) and shorter amount of time being sick (3-4 days to be exact).
It has an anti-inflammatory effect... also helping to decrease the amount and severity of symptoms (aches, pains, and fever).
It stimulates your immune system to battle the virus... greatly contributing to the decreased duration of symptoms (perhaps having the biggest impact!)
Elderberry vs Tamiflu
I am a nurse. And in my experience, many people who work in the medical field dismiss alternative forms of preventing and treating illnesses. Some health care providers laugh or roll their eyes when patients ask about alternative ways to stay or become healthy. Perhaps they just don’t know anything about alternative forms of medicine, so maybe that is their defense mechanism?
For me, as with all things in life, I am open-minded, and really lean on what has been scientifically proven to decide whether alternative or modern prevention/treatment is the best option for my family.
Of course, every situation is unique.
When determining whether alternative or modern medicine is the best option for you, you must consider your overall health and risks of a