Well, it’s that time of year again…cold & flu season! Based upon my own research, my family never has and never will receive the flu vaccine nor will we ever take Tamiflu. I do not tell other people not to do these things, but instead I recommend that you research, research and do more research before deciding what is best for your family. We do many things in our family to strengthen our immune systems to help fight viruses that we come in contact with. One of the many things we do is take elderberry syrup. We include it in our diets during this season to help with prevention but it also works wonders to help once symptoms have set in. It really is nature’s Tamiflu but so much safer and more effective than Tamiflu. There is a lot of research out there that supports the health benefits and effectiveness of elderberries. Cinnamon, ginger and raw honey also have amazing health benefits to help fight colds & flu and strengthen immune systems. Be sure to take the time to research on your own. I make my own elderberry syrup but you can buy it already made. It is so quick and easy to make and tastes delicious. This also makes a great gift! The small amount of alcohol in the recipe acts like a preservative and helps it stay fresh for several months.