Friday, May 7, 2010

Review: Beeyoutiful's Berry Well

How I wish I knew what I know now concerning health and natural remedies when my kids were younger. Our early days were filled with doctor's visits and antibiotics. If only I had known how to boost the immune system naturally, before a virus could really take hold and cause problems.

A little education goes a long way. My kids haven't been sick enough to go to the doctor in a long time simply from few little preventive steps whenever I see signs of illness. There is so much out there I don't know, though, and I'm always being introduced to new resources and products, such as Beeyoutiful.

Beeyoutiful sells a variety of natural health products for men, women, and children. Members of the TOS Crew were offered a choice from a selection of products to review. I selected Berry Well, a natural immune booster.

Berry Well is an herbal dietary supplement designed to boost the immune system. See below for a picture of the label with ingredients as it appears on the bottle. It is meant for ages 2-adult to take at the first sign of illness, or more regularly for general immune system maintenance.

Our family has used elderberries to fight off viruses before, but never in a syrup form. I had also heard of the benefits of honey, echinacea and apple cider vinegar, but I've never used these ingredients in one concoction.

My Berry Well arrived at a very appropriate time. My daughter had the beginnings of a cold and was just three days away from traveling across the country by plane to Colorado. This time of the year she is prone to barky coughs that threaten to drop to the lungs and develop into bronchitis, which was the last thing she needed when away from home for several days. I started her on Berry Well immediately. The label did not indicate how often to take the product, but the website indicated "every 3 hours as needed". I initially started with less frequency, but increased the number of dosages after I visited the website.

There are 16 servings in the bottle. By the time of the flight for her trip, my daughter had consumed almost the entire bottle. Before I share our results, please understand that I am not a medical doctor and our experiences our purely anecdotal. We have not used this product with any consistency nor under a variety of circumstances to determine its effectiveness.

First of all, many may be wondering how this syrup tastes. Of course, it isn't really about the taste, but if you can't get it down your children (or you!), it can't really do what it is meant to do. It can be taken straight from a spoon or mixed with water. We took it straight from the spoon. The consistency was a bit thicker than a cough syrup. I wouldn't call the taste yummy, but it isn't awful either. I personally didn't care for the hint of the apple cider vinegar taste, but my daughter didn't complain.

As far as how it worked, it is hard to say. Her cold did not worsen and started to improve slight. She still had the sniffles when she boarded her plane to Colorado. Since the recirculating air in a plane full of people can be a germ-fest, I was a bit concerned. When I picked her up three days later, I noticed her cough was back and she had quite a bark. I wasn't surprised, since she left home sniffling and her event in Colorado kept her up late most nights. I was considering a trip to the doctor's office next day before it turned into bronchitis. However, the next day, she didn't sound as bad. She continued to improve over the next few days after getting more rest.

Berry Well may have boosted my daughter's immunity enough to keep her out of the doctor's office, but it really is hard to say. I would, however, give this remedy a try again as it certainly didn't seem to hurt.

Berry Well sells for $18 a bottle. You can find this product, as well as variety of other products for healthy living, at the Beeyoutiful website.

Visit the TOS Homeschool Crew's blog to read more reviews on this product and others.

Disclaimer: This review was provided as a result in my participation in The Old Schoolhouse Magazine Crew. I was provided the product free of charge in exchange for my honest review. I strive to give a balanced overview of each product, detailing my opinion of both pros and cons and how the product worked for my family. What works for one family may not work for another. I encourage you to read reviews of other Crew members and research sufficiently to determine if any product will be a benefit to your homeschool.

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