I work in a children's hospital ER. I was trying to get them to offer elderberry instead of Tamiflu as research suggests it can shorten the course of the flu by 4-5 days compared to Tamiflu's 24 hours with none of the side effects that are inherent with Tamiflu...like hallucinations. Although my suggestion won't be taken, I have been given the go ahead to make an informative flyer. I do suggest it on my own if families show any interest in what they can do besides medicine to help. I often suggest a strong steeped ginger tea with lemon and raw honey for sore throats.
At home, we add to these sage honey. (Cut up garden sage and fill a jar in the fall, cover with raw honey, add more sage or honey to keep sage covered and fill jar. Let this sit and spoon off from the top all winter. Add to tea or as stand alone tea is great for sore throats). We also make fire cider (adaptations of Rosemary Gladstar recipe) for when your head is clogged, nose stuffy etc.
My favorite addition this year is a cough syrup with Spikenard, Elecampane and Lobelia. Imagine that, a cough syrup that actually works!!! If anyone is interested I will dig up Richo Cech's recipe.