Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Monday, March 17, 2014
Saturday, March 15, 2014
I blog for Ivy’s school and realized I those posts should be here as well. so here is one of them…...
In my quest to heal my family and stay healthy using natural remedies, I discovered the ELDERBERRY. Cooked elderberries (raw, unripe elderberries can be poisonous) have been used for medicine for hundreds of years. It is believed that elderberries can help with the flu, alleviate allergies, and boost overall respiratory health. (source) Elderberries are an excellent source of Vitamins A and C and a good source of calcium, iron, and Vitamin B6. (source) I came across one study showed that “symptoms of the flu were relieved on average, four days earlier and the use of rescue medication was significantly less in those receiving elderberry extract compared with placebo." (source)
So, how do you incorporate elderberries in your medicine cabinet? One of the most common ways to take elderberries is by making an elderberry syrup. You can purchase the syrup already made, however….. making your own is so easy! I used this recipe. There are a few out there, but they only seem to differ with the measurement of ingredients.
Making your own syrup:
2/3 cup elderberries (I buy my elderberries here) which you can order here:
3 ½ cups water,
2 T fresh or dried ginger root,
1 tsp cinnamon powder,
½ tsp cloves or clove powder,
1 cup raw honey. (I use raw local honey from the house down the street from the school. Local honey has all kinds of extra benefits, plus I love supporting local businesses - and it is delicious!)
Pour water, eldberries, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves into a medium saucepan
Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer for 45 minutes to an hour. The amount of liquid in the plan will be reduced by about half.
Remove from the heat and let the mixture cool.
Pour through a strainer into a glass bowl.
Discard the berries. Let the liquid cool to lukewarm and then add the honey and stir.
The standard dose is ½ tsp to 1 tsp for kids and ½ TBS- 1 TBS for adults per day. When you feel any flu symptoms coming on, you can increase the amount by taking the same dosage but taking it 2-3 times per day.
I have come across some information says you shouldn’t take elderberries for more than 5 days at a time, while I know that others take elderberries every day to prevent the flu during the entire flu season. You just need to do what feels right for you. We take it about once a week and my kids LOVE it, which is always a bonus.
Friday, March 14, 2014
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Thursday, February 20, 2014
She is a character. In fact, Angie and I even call her character. She is teeny tiny, hardly has any hair, talks up a storm, and is full of sass, even at 2 and almost a 1/2.
Last night we were lying in bed with the other two kids. They had fallen asleep a few minutes earlier and I was sooo tired. I kept begging her to lie down and go to sleep. She on the other hand, kept turning my lamp on and off, on and off. At one point I said, “Autumn, turn the light off, I don’t want it on”. To which she replied, “Well, I do” and turned it on again. I tried to stay stern but her little sassy words made me laugh. I kept falling asleep and would wake up to click, click, click. When I didn’t respond I heard a little voice and could hear the smile on her face as she said slowly, “Look what I am doing”. Click Click Click.
And it isn’t just me she loves to torture.
The other day Owen was holding something that was clearly his and she wanted it. She was following him around the house crying, with Ivy by her side. He started crying, cause she is so big and mean of course, saying that it was his and she was trying to take it. He stopped in the kitchen to tell me what was going on and while we were talking, her small sleuth like self snatched the toy out of Owen’s hand and then she raced over to Ivy with a look of sheer joy on her face and proudly said, “Ivy, I got it!”. Ivy looked so pleased with her. I turned back and looked at Owen, crying, empty-handed. It all happened so suddenly. Owen causes them grief, but I am beginning to realize that one day (maybe a day not so far away), he will need as much protection from them as they do from him (and maybe more, those girls as a team may be serious trouble).