What We Know...
In times like these, it's important to keep your mind open, your soul grounded, and your body deeply nourished. With all of the conflicting information out there, learning to listen to your body is important...we've never needed our truth meters more!
I wanted to make a post to share what I feel to be good protocols in regards to "IT" and to talk a little bit about what's out there.
1. Elderberry Syrup: Yay or Nay?
There have been numerous studies on elderberry and it's efficacy against colds and flu. One study suggests it shortens the duration of colds and flu by 3 to 4 days! (Barak V, Halperin T, Kalickman I.) Another talks about how elderberry works by binding with the flu virus so it (the virus) cannot gain entry into the cell to replicate (Roschek, B et al. Phytochem. 2009; 70(10): 1255-61). All of that sounds great! But early on in the pandemic, there were stories about how elderberry induced cytokine storms and was making "IT" worse. It is important to note that all of the studies done with elderberry (including the study that said that elderberry compounds incited deadly cytokine storms) have been in vitro studies. This means, they were done in a petri dish not in a living body. All of this information then needs to be seen within this lens and balanced with what we know from real life, anecdotal evidence which doesn't get a lot of credence in the western medical mindset...but in my opinion does not lessen it's value.
All of that noted, people have been using the antioxidant rich elderberry for generations with much success. The very study that many cited to claim elderberry was dangerous for "IT" shows that it does activate cytokine activity, but not all of that is negative. Cytokines are an integral part of our immune response! Not all inflammation is bad, it is the first stage of healing. In certain predisposed people, cytokine reactions can spiral out of control and this is not good. So, how do we know if we one of those people? What I have been telling people the past 2 years is simple...use your elderberry syrup to support your health and immune response. If you are exposed or test positive for "IT", stop taking your elderberry and switch gears. Just to err on the side of caution.
2. Supporting the whole body.
Be well friends.
Maria is a spiritual writer and a self-love warrior with a deep and diverse background in both the culinary and healing arts. As a teacher, integrative healer, business owner, craft herbalist and cosmic gardener it has been her path throughout her many lifetimes to guide others (by sharing her process) to find strength and direction, gently planting seeds of heart centered, connected awareness. She is most passionate about guiding people to connect with their inner voice, a midwife to the joyful birth of inherent authentic creativity that lives within us all. When she is not busy writing, taking care of the farm or unschooling her feral daughter, she can often be found playing in the woods, communing with the flora and fauna and dancing with the faeries.