Healthy Living Products FAQ

Have questions about our products? Start here!

WHAT ARE ELDERBERRIES AND WHAT ARE THEIR POTENTIAL HEALTH BENEFITS?

Elderberries are the fruit of the Sambucus Nigra plant that date way back in plant based medicine use and are known as of one of the most antiviral herbs on the planet! All of our elderberry tinctures, syrups and elixirs are made using the dried berries and are a great way to get a daily dose of whole food Vitamin C, promote a healthy immune system, combat fatigue, alleviate allergy symptoms, help with inflammation and support healthy digestion. Elderberries have been clinically shown to kill the flu virus and speed up recovery from illness. What’s not to love about this amazing superberry?! 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN STORE BOUGHT ELDERBERRY PRODUCTS VERSUS RADIANT MAMA ELDERBERRY PRODUCTS? 

There are some very distinct differences between conventional, store bought products versus handmade, whole food elderberry products like Radiant Mama. Here’s a list of some key differences between the two types of products:

Store Bought Elderberry
  • Made in a factory, without mindful intent  
  • Unhealthy sweetneers - fructose, cane sugar, corn syrup, pasteurized honey, etc...
  • Misleading ingredient lists - ex: claiming to be sweetened with honey but actually using cane sugar, etc...
  • Pasteurized to increase shelf life, reducing nutritional value 
  • Goopy, thick consistency that is not very palatable. 
  • Use elderberry extracts, not actually elderberries - less potency 
  • Questionable, low quality ingredients- citric acid, malic acid, "natural flavors", "proprietary blend", etc...
  • Price versus value doesn't add up - leading brand Gaia elderberry syrup = $4/ounce 
  • Elderberry Gummies - high in unhealthy sugars, ineffective = bad investment
Radiant Mama Elderberry 
  • Made by hand, with love 
  • Sweetened with raw, local honey 
  • Full disclosure ingredient list 
  • Unpasteurized, retaining health benefits of whole food, plant based ingredients 
  • Thin, juice like consistency that is easily taken straight or added to favorite beverages – customers claim it taste like “Christmas in a cup”
  • Use whole, dried elderberries in recipes 
  • Organic, high quality ingredients to increase potency - berries, roots, herbs, spices 
  • Price versus value adds up - Radiant Mama 32 oz Elderberry = $1.87/ounce

IS ELDERBERRY SAFE FOR CHILDREN?

Yes! Radiant Mama Kid’s Elderberry Syrup is specially formulated for children 5 and under and is honey-free making it safe for babies approximately 6 months and up (on solids).

CAN KIDS TAKE THE HERBAL SPICE COUGH SYRUP? 

Yes, children 1 and up can take this product. It has sweet orange cinnamon honey flavor that most kids love!

SHOULD I TAKE ELDERBERRY IF I’M ON MEDICATIONS?

We always recommend consulting with your primary care physician before adding any new supplement to your daily routine if there are concerns. Generally safe practice regarding taking both plant-based dietary supplements and prescription medications is to separate dosing for each by at least one hour.

IS ELDERBERRY SAFE DURING PREGNANCY/BREAST FEEDING?

We always recommend consulting with your primary care physician before adding any new supplement to your daily routine if there are concerns. However, we do have several pregnant and breastfeeding mamas who safely enjoy our products.

HOW DO I DOSE ELDERBERRY AND HOW OFTEN SHOULD I TAKE?

Our elderberry products are all made using different plant-based ingredients which means that dosing can vary from one product to the next.

Recommended preventative dosing for the Original Elderberry Syrup and the Immunity Plus Elixir : 2 – 4 tablespoons (1 oz.) for adults and 1 – 3 teaspoons (1 Tbsp.) for children.

Recommended dosing upon first signs of symptoms : 1-2 ounces for adults and 1 – 2 tablespoons for children every 2-3 hours until symptoms improve, then taper back to every 4-6 hours until you are back at the preventative dose.

CAN I TAKE ELDERBERRY YEAR ROUND?

Yes! In fact, many Radiant Mama customers enjoy the health benefits of our elderberry products year round to build their immunity, help with allergies, provide natural energy, combat inflammation and more! Check out our shop for more information on each product.

WHERE ARE YOUR PRODUCTS MADE? 

We handmake all of our products from our commercial where our cold pressed juice and smoothie bar is located in Bastrop, TX.

WHAT IS THE SHELF LIFE ON THE ELDERBERRY PRODUCTS?

Syrups and Elixirs: 30-60 days after opening - up to 6 months unopened - frozen in a freezer friendly container up to one year. Tinctures: one year after opening, shelf stable – keep in a cool, dry place.

HOW MUCH ELDERBERRY DO WE NEED?

We offer 4 convenient sizes (8,16, & 32 oz) and these are our general recommendations based on daily, consistent preventative doses for one month.

  • ONE ADULT: 16 oz
  • ONE CHILD: 8 oz
  • TWO ADULTS: 32 oz
  • ONE ADULT, ONE CHILD: 16 oz + 8 oz
  • TWO ADULTS, ONE CHILD: 32 oz + 8 oz
  • TWO ADULTS, TWO CHILDREN: 32 oz + 16 oz
  • FAMILY OF 5 OR MORE: 2 x 32 oz

HOW MANY SERVINGS ARE IN EACH JAR?

That depends on what dosage you decide to take daily and/or which elixir you are taking. 8 oz jars will last approximately 1-2 weeks, 16 oz jars will last approximately 2-4 weeks, 32 oz jars will last approx. 4-8 weeks.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE SUPER IMMUNITY TINCTURE AND THE OTHER ELDERBERRY PRODUCTS? 

Our Super Immunity Tincture features all of the ingredients found in our Original Elderberry Syrup recipe along with some ingredients from our other recipes like our Allergy Relief Elixir, Immunity Plus Elixir and Sleep Aid Elixir. One key difference is that is a convenient travel size and does not need refrigeration. Shelf life is also an entire year and dosage is only 1mL/ 1-3 day so it is more concentrated in nature since it is a tincture. Our Super Immunity Tincture infuses for 6 weeks before we bottle it for you to enjoy!