How Elderberry Fights Colds and Flu Virus

October 9, 2020

When it comes to fighting a cold or flu virus, word has it, Elderberry is one of your best allies.

The extract, taken from wild grown Elder Flowers (Sambucus nigra), is known to help the body resist infection.

Elderberries contain Sambucus nigra agglutinins (SNAs), which helps prevent some types of flu from infecting healthy cells.” 

Now that’s interesting information worth knowing.

One winter a member of our family got sick with bronchitis and was unable to shake it. My research seemed to point to the Elderberry so we gave Sambu® Elderberry Concentrate a try.

Elderberry, you say?©

My local health advisor told me, “Elderberry is one of the most effective herbs for preventing and treating upper respiratory infections.”

Within the week the bronchitis was almost gone.

The berries have been found to 
“interrupt the ability of some viruses to replicate” 

AND…”The berries and flowers of elderberry are also packed with antioxidants and vitamins that may boost your immune system. They can help tame inflammation, lessen stress and help protect the heart….”


I add one tsp. of elderberry concentrate into my morning smoothie during the fall and winter months.

Elderberry/zinc lozenges are a delcious alternative, one you can take with you on the go.

CAUTION ****** Do NOT use FRESH Elderberry! –All parts of the plant in the fresh state may cause poisoning. So if you’ve got an Elderberry bush in your back yard, you best leave the berries for the birds.

Having said that, properly prepared, the Elderberry juice and consentrate carries significant healing power and is a berry worth using. It is also quite delicious. This is one medicine pretty much anyone can swallow. You can find Elderberry juice and concentrate at your local health store and possibly full-service grocery store.

Don’t forget, to add a Merry Heart to the mix. “A merry heart does good like a medicine.” Proverbs 7:22

Between Elderberry and a merry heart, it won’t take long before you can fling that kleenex box…to wherever it is you would like to fling it.


disclaimer: The content on this post is meant for informational purposes only, and is not intended for use as official health consultation.

Journal Entry 2 – Finding PEACE During the Covid-19 Pandemic 2020

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Journal Entry 2 – April 20th, 2020 6th week of social distancing & self-isolating

Philippians 4:6-8
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.


How can I possibly have PEACE with everything that’s going on in the world right now??

Just “let go and let God,” as the saying goes… but, how do I do that?

I’ve discovered it’s a choice – one that I have to make over and over again. I’ve meditated over Philippians 4: 6-8 for quite some time now. Years infact. Whenever my heart gets anxious, this is the verse that comes to mind.

As I conciously bring my anxious thoughts into the light, I find they start to lose their power. The battle, I find, is truely in my mind.

Taking thoughts captive and redirecting them, or reframing them in a way that creates a healthy thought, takes concious effort. I have to choose to do this over and over again. Yes, even today.

I’ve planted the seed, now comes the watering and nurturing. The fruit of PEACE is worth the fight.

As I bring my troubling concerns to God, we have a conversation.

  • I intentionally pass all my cares on to Him.
  • I make a point of choosing to trust Him to take care of my every need.
  • I hear His voice in the Words of the scriptures.

I remind myself to be patient – to not waver in my resolve to believe that God’s Word will do what He says it will do – that I will see the fruits of my intentionally choosing to walk in God’s PEACE.

Being at PEACE does not mean I do not care, am compacent, or am off in loo loo land hiding my head in the sand. NO… Just the opposite. Peace brings clarity, is energizing, and heals divisions.

As the verse in Phillipians instructs, I take the time to be thankful. What can I be thankful for right now? I find it’s not hard to find a whole list of things to be thankful for, yes, even during this pandemic. Again, thankfulness from the heart brings PEACE to my soul. Sharing with others what I am thankful for helps solidify my resolve to stay in PEACE.

(You can see “My thankful list for today” at the end of this post.)

I find comfort in the promise that God’s PEACE guards my heart and my mind – through Christ Jesus. It is a well-known fact that anxiety contributes to heart health and mental issues. PEACE is my antidote – my prescription – How practical is that?

In peace will I lie down and sleep…

The Scriptures are filled with verses that address both anxiety and peace. God wants to free us from our fears. He wants to see us experience PEACE in the midst of our circumstances.

1. Isaiah 41:10
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

2. Psalm 94:19
When anxiety was great within me,
 your consolation brought me joy.    

3. 2 Timothy 1:7
God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power love and a sound mind.

4. Proverbs 12:25
“An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.”  (A good reason why we need each other.)

5. Psalm 4:8
In PEACE I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety. (A great verse to meditate on while lying awake at night.)

Psalm 119:165
Those who love the Word have great PEACE, and nothing offends them.

Isaiah 26:3
Thou will keep him in perfect PEACE whose mind is stayed on thee.

Numbers 6:24
May the Lord bless you and keep you
May the Lord smile on you
Shine his light upon you
May the Lord lift you
Turn His face towards you
Give you His PEACE

Today I resolve to keep watch for any anxious thoughts that might wanter across my mind, to address them quickly, and to choose to trust God to turn those thoughts into thoughts that produce peace. Today I choose PEACE.


  • I am thankful I live in Canada in beautiful British Columbia.
  • I am thankful for being able to connect and talk with family and friends.
  • for my family and friends.
  • For the opportunity to ZOOM with a small group of women; Bible study hosted by Rushia Klassen, women’s pastor at Central Heights church – a great experience creating new brain cells.
  • for the opportunity to reach out to others – neighbors helping neighbors.
  • for the opportunity to spend more time talking to God.
  • For our silly bunny, Cocoa, who helps us keep a perspective on things.
  • for more time to reflect.
  • for more time to tend to my garden and to enjoy every flower and herb.
  • for more time to learn new things.
  • for more time to paint and create.
  • for more time to blog and work on filling in the chapters of those novels I’ve got in the works.
  • for a warm home, food on the table, fresh water. Things never to be taken for granted.
  • for all God’s promises.
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Journal Entry 2 – Finding PEACE During the Covid-19 Pandemic 2020

Journal Entry 1- Finding HOPE During the Covid-19 Pandemic 2020

April 7th, 2020 4th week of social distancing & self-isolating

Romans 15:13 (NIV)
13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. “

“HOPE” can be identified by it’s own chemical response in the body! When you feel hopeful, the body releases this chemical, rushing it through your veins, bringing life, healing and energy.

HOPE is very powerful and without it we cannot survive. (Dr. Caroline Leaf – Who Switched off my Brain?”)

Today everybody in the world is trying to process this new life we are forced to live. People are trying to stay calm, trying to make sense of it all, while using as little toilet paper as possible. I’ve caught myself counting the squares. Don’t tell me you haven’t done the same.

Having said that, I’ve been “privy” to using Sears or Eaton’s catalog pages in an outhouse – I most certainly am not too concerned about a little lack of TP.

pencil sketch – Carrie Wachsmann ©
Outhouse Memories


Hope spreads as readily as any virus. If bad can spread, so can good.

Let’s get those HOPE chemicals flowing today by thinking the right thoughts; thoughts that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report … thoughts that encourage.

So…how does this painting relate to HOPE?

Oil on Canvas –  Carrie Wachsmann © 2020

I started working on this oil-painting in February. Initially I painted simply for the satisfaction of it all; painting with friends at the Abbotsford STREAMS Ministry led by Mike and AnnaMarie Bakker, and enjoying the therapeutic side-affects of creativity. (Note to all you Streamer artists: I miss our Monday paint-day – simply can’t wait till we can get back at it.)

At the time I started this piece, I had in mind a title that reflected
light in the darkness.

Little did I know, that in a few weeks our world would literally come to a standstill.

Now, several weeks later, having come to grips with the fact that we are all fighting a dark, evil enemy, and we might be doing this social distancing and self-isolating for some time, I settled into finishing the painting with purpose.

Title: Bringing Light to the Darkness
Inspired by: Deuteronomy 33:26   

Deuteronomy 33:26
26 “There is no one like the God of Jeshurun,
    who rides across the heavens to help you
    and on the clouds in his majesty.”

This Bible verse, Deuteronomy 33:26 was the inspiration behind the novel, The RYDER – a fantasy adventure. Here is a quote from The RYDER that brings this message of HOPE to David and Jessica; brother and sister who have been transported into another world, the world of Antoch, where they too come face to face with a dark and evil enemy.

“When lost in the mysterious forest
Through enemy land he rides
Call for Him and He will be
The Light where darkness hides”

I place my HOPE in Jesus
He is our Light in the darkness
Our salvation. Our healer and protector

“He rides across the heavens to help you!”   

Fireside Reads for Book Lovers

When it comes to Christmas, books and gift-giving go together like a cozy fire and a cup of hot chocolate.

Being a book lover/storyteller/writer, I’ve got a few fireside book suggestions.

Like me, you probably have a bookworm or two in your life. You can’t go wrong with the gift of a good book.

Beware… you are about to enter the world of mystery, adventure and fantasy. You’ll find books for the young and books for the not-so-young; mostly books for the young at heart.

Good Read suggestion #1 – Finding Christmas – A Mouse in Search of Christmas

Finding Christmas - A Mouse in Search of Christmas
Casey, a brave and handsome country mouse embarks
on a wild, winter adventure to find Christmas.
You are bound to be captivated by this charming little warrior mouse

and his best friend Bella.
Available on Amazon – in Kindle or Paperback
Or contact the publisher – 1.866.533.4896
or purchase on

Good Read Suggestion #2 – Newfies to the Rescue

Newfies to the Rescue is filled with intriguing stories of the Newfoundland dog –
both tales of yesteryear and tales of today.
Did you know the course of world history may have been changed had it not been for the lifesaving instinct of the Newfie?
You’ll find many extraordinary events recorded in history involving the Newfoundland dog in this little book.
Available on Amazon – Kindle or Paperback
Or contact the publisher – 1.866.533.4896
or purchase on

Good Read Suggestion #3 – The RYDER – A Fantasy adventure for the young at heart

What does one teacher have to say about The RYDER?
“My class read The RYDER and no one wanted the adventure to end.
It’s a captivating novel with a fast-paced plot and dramatic action which teaches life-changing lessons that only he (The Ryder)
can teach to the story’s three-dimensional characters.”
April P.
Available on Amazon – Kindle or Paperback
Or contact the publisher – 1.866.533.4896
or purchase on

Good Read Suggestion #4 – Treasure Trap – a sequel to The RYDER

What started out as a sunny afternoon horseback ride for Jessica and David
turned into the search for a young boy they spot in the distance,
beckoning them to follow him.
As they attempt to keep up with him, they end up in an ice-cold, winter field

thousands of miles and a hundred twenty years from Grandpa’s farm.

This time-traveling adventure takes Jessica and David to the village of Skrytyy, where wicked, foreign-language speaking strangers have cast a spell over an entire valley; all for the love of a hidden and priceless treasure.

Available on Amazon – Kindle or Paperback
Or contact the publisher – 1.866.533.4896
or purchase on

Good Read Suggestion #5 – Roadblocks to Hell

Fiction based on a true story.
How Walther Colt survives the cruel, callous and cold-blooded convicts of a Federal Pen,
with the help of an unlikely ally.

A must-read redemptive, true crime story.
Available on Amazon – Kindle or Paperback
Or contact the publisher – 1.866.533.4896
or purchase on

Good Read Suggestion #6 – KickStart to a Healthier You

Kickstart to a Healthier You – Body, Soul, and Spirit
erhaps you’ve already been working at improving your health,

or perhaps this is your first real introduction to a healthier way of life.
Either way, this book will help you gain valuable knowledge and practical advice.
Leading a healthy lifestyle is well worth the effort, so why not start today.

Easy healthy recipes included.
Available on Amazon – Kindle or Paperback
Or contact the publisher – 1.866.533.4896
or purchase on

Good Read Suggestion #7 – Chuzzle’s Incredible Journey

Chuzzle, a young, adventurous porcupine, with many endearing qualities,
embarks on a dangerous journey to find his dear friend Whuzzle.
He must travel past the Little Stream, through the Deep Forest,

beyond the Blue Pond, and up the giant Big Hill.
He will encounter many kinds of dangers along the way.
Chuzzle invites you to join him on his incredible journey as he bravely leaves the safety of his home and enters the mysterious unknown.

Available on Amazon – Kindle or Paperback
Or contact the publisher – 1.866.533.4896
or purchase on

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one.” – George R.R. Martin

Book Illustrations from Children’s Book on Asthma

Dr. Donna Matlach’s children’s book titled, Phoebe the Pug Asks, “Is My Asthma Changing” is soon to be published.


I had a lot of fun creating some 20+ illustrations for Dr. Matlach’s first educational book.


Because Donna has severe asthma, she knows first-hand the challenges and barriers that people with asthma face. She hopes this book encourages a meaningful conversation between children, parents, patients, and providers.

Here are some of my illustrations.

I sketched first, scanned my sketches and colored and created on Photoshop Elements. 





Sofia, the husky in proof #10, 2nd row, middle  – the stages of drawing

Carrie Wachsmann ©

Other samples of work in process…































© Carrie Wachsmann

Where do you go when waiting in line?

In my other world – storytelling

Some time ago, I was waiting in line at the TD bank, deep in thought, when the person behind me kindly let me know teller #3 was trying to get my attention.

I  jolted back into reality,  then smiled and offhandedly said, “Thank you… I was in my other world!

The person gave me a look I could only interpret as envy as she responded with the utmost sincerity, “I wish I had an ‘other world.'”

I hesitated, then chuckled. Her response was priceless, making me actually think about what I had just said.

Now, this was before everybody began losing themselves in their iPhone or Android, which by the way is nothing like the “other world” I am talking about.  In my opinion, cell phones and anxiety are synonymous and an addiction I’m not willing partake of. I’m not giving up “my other world” for that.

Just ask my husband… I’m so not attached to my cell phone, I’ve resorted to posting a sign on my front door to remind me to take it with me when leaving the house. I know. Shocking!


As I walked over to the counter,  I realized just how true my offhanded comment was. I call it “another world.” Some call it daydreaming, something I’ve always been very good at. My teachers said so.  It’s the place where I go, think up stories, develop plans, talk to God or just simply listen.

John Tess, Intelligence for Life (free internet radio) says the average person will spend about 10 years waiting in line.

Put it that way…

Where do you go when you’re waiting in line?