December 10, 2010
Some of my friends are feeling crummy; sore throat or body aches, chills- Well, it is cold/virus season, the weather is freeeeezing here in Connecticut, and it is easy to get run down. It’s a stressful time of year physically and emotionally and we need to take care of ourselves. When the sun sets so early, I just want to put on my pajamas and snuggle down with a book. It’s dark and cold and I wish I could just hybernate but I’ve had to do a lot of running around and now I’m feeling crummy, too. I really don’t want to get sick because then my good friend, Teresa won’t want to come over for tea.
So, I have boiled up one of my favorite and yummy natural home remedies.
Loaded with antioxidant quercetin, elderberry has antihistamine and anti-inflammatory properties.
You can find elderberry in jams, teas and black elderberry syrup. It’s sweet and great for sick children (and grownups, too). Take 1 to 2 teaspoons four times a day for three to four days when feeling sick. Sipping elderberry tea can also soothe flu symptoms. From Oodora.com
Also, from healthandnutritiontips.com:
“The tea is made from the dried flowers of the plant. To brew tea you need about 5 grams (2/10 of an ounce) of dried flowers per cup of water. The flowers should be steeped in boiling water for at least 10, and preferably 15, minutes. Unless you don’t mind flower petals between your teeth, the liquid should be strained before consuming, or simply place the petals in a tea strainer. If you pick your own flowers, do so when they are in full bloom, and let them dry in the sun. They will store well in an airtight bag or other airtight container. Some elderberry tea drinkers like to mix it with peppermint tea. Otherwise you can add honey or lemon to taste.”
I like to boil the dried berries: 1/2 cup berries boiled with some ginger in 6 cups of water for 20 minutes. Sweeten to taste. YUM!
Next summer I will have my own Elderberries to pick. And, as my kids say: BOOM!
February 26, 2009
Healthy me, sick in bed with the flu. Just last week I was smugly telling myself in the mirror that I was so strong and healthy and had beat this winter’s illnesses. Whack! Take that, Ms. Spear. Pride is an illness and I’ll never smile at the flu again, I promise.
Perhaps taking Oscillococcinum at the first sign of illness helped lessen the severity of my symptoms, but I’ve still been down for 5 days and don’t think I’ll be out dancing tomorrow. I also consistently took Elderberry syrup until I finished the bottle, yummy, sweet and sticky. Vitamin C, an expectorant cough syrup for my unproductive, hacking cough and lots of water, tea. Hot baths with epsom salt felt great on those achey joints. Beautiful essential oils for congestion and breathing easy. Nikken’s Greenzymes and lactoferrin for my digestion. And, I’m still here in bed. Boohoo.
A friend commented that maybe I’m supposed to be goofing off for a few days. Well, I’ve caught up on Lost and MadMen, what else do you suggest? I welcome your comments and well wishes.