When we lose connection to nature, we fail to respect and appreciate the limited gifts of the earth. We commodify that which is trending, and the land suffers for it - we all suffer for it. This season, and every season, pause and reflect on your needs before consuming. Consider how you can foster a connection to the earth and be an active participator in your food and medicine supply.
Elderberry is an immunomodulator, and helps reduce the length and severity of cold and flu symptoms. It’s a staple in my Apothecary and I take near daily doses of the tincture or syrup in the thick of winter, when people around me are sick. It has a pleasant, fruity taste, and combines well with cinnamon, ginger, and honey.
There are different categories of Herbs that interact with the immune system, most commonly known as Immunostimulants, Immunomodulators, and Adaptogens. Other groups - which are not necessarily exclusive, Herbs can have actions that can put them in multiple categories - include Antimicrobial and Antiviral.