These are the lozenges I used. I now have 4 packs on my shelf!
Two weeks ago I woke up with a dry cough. By evening, I was experiencing an extreme headache, chills, aches, high fever, nausea – the works! I tossed and turned and whined and bathed (a retreat which feels good at the time but always ends in higher fever and more misery). I finally remembered that I had bought some Quantum Elderberry Lozenges at the health food store a few weeks earlier just in case my husband or I contracted an evil germ during the cold and flu season.
I drink a tea for colds that contains elderberry, so I know the power of elderberry in fighting off sickness, but I had never had the opportunity to test it against the flu.
At 4:30 a.m. I took one lozenge and let it dissolve in my mouth as I tossed and turned and ached and whined. By 5:30 a.m. I noticed my aches were 50% better. I was sweating; my fever was breaking. When I awoke at 10:30 a.m., I felt okay except for the headache and weakness. I giggled and laughed and cut up with my husband. I got up and ate. It was a wonderful little miracle of nature.
I took the elderberry lozenges throughout the day and made my husband eat them as well to keep him from getting sick (he never did). I lounged and rested for two days and on the third day I was back at work for half a day. I still had some weakness and fatigue, but this was NOTHING compared to the flu I had experienced years before.
So, that’s my experience with elderberry as a flu remedy. I have since heard that Dr. Oz has promoted it on his show. I cannot recommend this little natural remedy enough.
Here’s a link to a study that concludes, “Elderberry extract seems to offer an efficient, safe and cost-effective treatment for influenza.” According to the study, “Symptoms were relieved on average 4 days earlier and use of rescue medication was significantly less in those receiving elderberry extract compared with placebo.”
There are many forms of elderberry. I know one of the more popular ones is the syrup. The elderberry with zinc lozenges worked wonders for me, and I recommend keeping these on hand and taking at the first sign of sickness.
This flu season has been a doozy, but you don’t have suffer!
Stay well and stay natural!