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Sunday, February 19, 2017

How To Make Elderberry Syrup as a Natural Medicinal Remedy



Elderberry syrup has been a staple in my home in terms of natural remedies to ease cold and flu symptoms. Its effectiveness in shortening the duration of colds and flu is extremely impressive. I have many successful experiences with it. The most successful experience I've had was when my son was lethargic with the flu, I made elderberry tea and gave him 1/2 a cup of it. By the day's end, he was full of energy and playful again.

There are many ways to utilize elderberries as a natural medicine. You can drink it as a tea. Make a tincture of it or make it into a syrup. My preferred way to use elderberry as cold-fighter is a syrup. I have made a tincture of it and didn't it find it quite as effective as the syrup. I'm not sure why. It could be possible that the alcohol breaks down some of the vital components in the berries. My regimen involves utilizing elderberry syrup when a cold and flu is in full force and not necessarily as a way to prevent cold symptoms from evolving. Echinacea, I've discovered, works best as a preventative measure. (Taken at the first hint of symptoms) Elderberry syrup works wonderfully if used consistently throughout a 24/48 hour period.

Related post: Build Your Natural Medicine Cabine With Herbal Tinctures


HEALTH BENEFITS OF ELDERBERRY

Elderberry (Sambucus Nigra) is an immune booster, rich in antioxidants and polyphenols. It is anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial. Sambucus Nigra has been shown to be effective against several strains of the flu. (1) Elderberry stimulates the production of immune cytokines. Cytokines are messengers in the immune system that help regulate the immune response.

BUDGETING - HOME MADE vs. STORE BOUGHT

I've never purchased elderberry syrup. The only store-bought elderberry syrup I experienced, was given to me. The elderberry syrup brand I was given was 8-ounces and required a teaspoon every hour during colds/flu or twice daily for immune support. Eight ounces of elderberry syrup would last half a day in my home if that, so purchasing elderberry syrup isn't conducive to my budget. It makes more sense to make a batch of 32 ounces (or more) for LESS than the price of an 8 ounce, store-bought syrup. The ingredients to make elderberry syrup are ridiculously simple.

Honey.....Water.... and Elderberries!

The essential factor that motivates me to make most of my remedies/meals from scratch is quality control. Especially when you're trying to recover from being sick, keeping the ingredient list whole and clean is vital.

BASIC RECIPE WITH HONEY
What you will need...

1/4 cup of dried elderberries
6 cups of water
2 cups of Honey (more or less to taste)
A pot
Bowl (glass or mixing bowl of some sort)
Potato masher or a sturdy fork
Jar, preferably glass with a tight-fitting lid

INSTRUCTIONS
Add the berries to the water and bring to a good boil. Let the berries simmer for half an hour uncovered. Using a fork or a potato masher, mash the berries in the pot. Strain the berries from the liquid into the bowl. Use caution as the liquid will be HOT. Add the honey (more or less to taste). Drain the liquid into a jar and let it cool. Lid it and refrigerate! The consistency will be thin, similar to "simple syrup". If you'd like a thicker syrup, use cane sugar instead. Keep reading for the recipe.

MY TRIALS AND ERRORS
The honey acts as a preservative, so you'll need to have enough in the mixture to keep the syrup's refrigeration life for the next two months or so. I didn't add enough honey in my first batch and it fermented within two weeks!

BASIC RECIPE WITH UNREFINED CANE SUGAR
You can use unrefined, non-GMO cane sugar (not sugar beets) in place of honey. Simply replace the same amount of sugar with honey. I've used both. Both recipes are effective. For a thicker consistency, follow the recipe above and replace the honey with cane sugar. Return the hot mixture back into the pot and allow it to simmer and reduce to half.

MINT ELDERBERRY SYRUP
Mint is a wonderful respiratory aid when dealing with congestion. Using the same equipment and directions above. Add 1/4 c. of fresh mint leaves to the last ten/fifteen minutes of cooking time. Works wonderfully with honey or cane sugar. You can reduce the syrup for thicker consistency with this recipe as well.

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Fulvic acids are a powerful electrochemical transporter of nutrients, chelators of metallic minerals, and they aid in the absorption of minerals and nutrients. Add two teaspoons of Fulvic Acids to your final product would boost the activity of your remedy! Learn more about fulvic acids and check out the infographic.



HOW TO TO USE
Keep your elderberry syrup refrigerated! It should keep for at least two months in this condition. Freeze for longer storage periods. You can freeze in ice cubes or mason jars. During colds, give 2 tsp every one to two hours. For immune support 2 tsp. three times a day. Double the amounts for adults.


Where In the World Are The Berries??

I purchase my certified organic elderberries in bulk from Mountain Rose Herbs. I've been a happy customer with them for many, many years. I'm not an affiliate with them in any way and am happy to recommend them here. www.mountainroseherbs.com



Have you made elderberry syrup? Share your experience.


Disclaimer:
TheOliveParent site should not be used to diagnose, cure or treat any diseases. Information is presented on an informative and testimonial basis. The reader is encouraged to research and verify all information presented in this post. 


Sources:
1 - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11399518







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Monday, May 23, 2016

Nettles for Pregnancy, Postpartum & #Breastfeeding



"Stinging nettle or common nettle, Urtica dioica, is a herbaceous perennial flowering plant, native to Europe, Asia, northern Africa, and North America, and is the best-known member of the nettle genus Urtica. The plant has many hollow stinging hairs called trichomes on its leaves and stems, which act like hypodermic needles that inject histamine and other chemicals that produce a stinging sensation when contacted by humans and other animals.[1] The plant has a long history of use as a medicine and as a food source. – Wikipedia"
Nettles are nourishing herbs. Nourishing herbs are the safest of all herbs and rarely have any side effects. Nourishing herbs act in the body as food and provide nutrients.  
When cooked, Stinging Nettle loses its sting. Stinging Nettle is considered a super food and is high in iron and Vitamin K. It also contains vitamins D, A and C. Along with calcium, potassium, phosphorus and sulfur as minerals. Stinging Nettle is said to have more chlorophyll than any other herb.
Midwives and herbalists often recommend it for pregnancy, labor, and lactation.

Drinking it as a tea throughout pregnancy could be very helpful if you’re planning a home birth.   Drinking infused Nettles can build up vitamin K. And if you’re low in iron, it’s a natural way to increase iron intake.


Nettles are also considered helpful with...

~ Reducing postpartum bleeding.
~ Breastmilk production.
~ Easing  muscle and leg cramps
~ Reducing hemorrhoids
~ Diminishing pain during and after birth 

How to Infuse Nettles

Dried Nettles

I drank infused Nettles during my pregnancies with no problems at all and it’s no more work than making a cup of tea.

2 to 3 Tablespoons of dried Nettles added to a 32 oz Mason jar or fill the jar with fresh nettles if you have some it.

Fill the jar with boiling water, about four cups. Cover. Let it steep for four hours on your kitchen counter. Steeping in a closed jar prevents water-soluble vitamins from escaping with the steam.

Once cooled, keep your infusion in the fridge and drink it within 48 hours.

The infusion should be deep and dark green in color and have a rich, herbaceous flavor.

It goes nicely with raw sugar or creamed honey. I preferred creamed honey with this infusion.

Additionally, you can also add Nettles to dishes. I usually use it in my spaghetti sauces, or in my salad dressings.  It's great with homemade chicken soup! Especially during cold and flu season, it can boost the nutritional benefit of the soup. Add fresh or dried nettles during the last 10 - 15 minutes of the simmering phase. The herbs can be a just a bit fibrous, but lends a hearty flavor to meals. Be mindful of overcooking. Cook long enough until the color brightens. If the herbs are limp, it is likely over cooked. However, if nettles are cooked in a soup, the nutrients end up in the liquid.

Tip: if you purchase dried Nettles, transfer it in an airtight glass jar and store it out of direct sunlight and away from heat for a longer shelf life.

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This wonderful herb is a part of the DeepGreen Superfood formula. It is married with Spirulina, Chlorella, Kale, Barley, Collard greens and more, for a potent alkalizing focus perfect for lactating and gestating women. If you're looking for a high-end whole food supplement, without fuss and work, it is super easy to take in a certified organic powdered form.





Disclaimer: This post is presented on an informative basis only and should not be substituted for a qualified diagnosis. I am not a medical expert, nor a herbalist. All experiences shared here are my own. All opinions stated are my own. The reader is encouraged to conduct their own personal research.

Sources:
Wise Woman Herbal: Childbearing Year by Susun Weed
LearningHerbs.com
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stinging_nettle

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