Homemade fresh Elderberry Syrup with Vitamin C

I used to buy Elderberry syrup every three weeks, especially when my kids started going to school.  I realized I was spending a lot of money when I could just make this myself. I also wanted to experiment to add more beneficial nutrients plus, local raw honey and see how this helped.

During the time my kids are in school, they get this every single day with their morning “vitamin” juice. Us parents take shots of this.  It’s a huge immune booster and I sincerely believe has been key to my kids not getting sick at school in the past year.

Studies that show benefits of elderberry syrup and colds/flus/sinus infections: 
Pub Med Study #1
Pub Med Study #2
PMC Study #3
BioMedCentral Study #4

IMG_6102Ingredients:

  • 3.5 cups of filtered water
  • 2/3 cup Organic black elderberry or dried elderberries.
  • 2 tsp of raw organic ginger root (or ginger powder if you are in a pinch)
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon or 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp of cloves
  • 2 tbsp of raw whole peppercorns (good for respiratory health)
  • Optional: 1 tsp of Oregano
  • Optional: 1 tsp of Turmeric root or powder
  • Optional: 1 tsp of echinacea
  • Optional: 2 crushed garlic cloves  (I do this all the time but some kids don’t like)
  • 1/2-1 cup of Raw unfiltered honey
  • 2 tbsp of Organic powdered Vitamin C. (to be added at the very end with the honey)

Here’s another place that has elderberries in case Amazon runs out. Florida Herb House

Steps:

0. Sanitize the mason jar you will be using to pour the elderberry juice into.
1. Pour water into a medium sauce pan and add elderberries, cinnamon, cloves, ginger root, turmeric, oregano, echinacea, peppercorns & garlic
2. Bring to a boil, cover and let simmer for 30-45 minutes or until the liquid has been reduced by almost half. Stirring occasionally. (I have found that if you don’t the elderberries stick to the bottom).
3. Pour through a strainer into a glass mason jar. Squeeze the elderberries through the strainer to get as much liquid out as possible.
4. Let the juice cool down to room temperature and then add 1/2-1 cup of honey and stir. I found that 1/2 was sufficient but some like it a little sweeter.
4a. If you are making some for a baby not yet 1 year of age, do all of the above and save a small amount in a tincture bottle for the baby without any honey.
5. Add 2 tbsp of raw vitamin C and stir very well.
6. Put into a tincture bottle for yourself and family and remainder kept in the mason jar in the fridge. (Make sure to shake the jars before use as the key immune boosting ingredients tend to sink to the bottom)

Enjoy!

How to administer to a toddler:

Put it on a piece of toast
Put it in applesauce
Give directly on a spoon w/cod liver oil
Put it in yogurt
Make it into a drink for them
Add to their daily vitamin cup/bottle

How to administer to a baby:

Take a small syringe and slowly squeeze on the inside of the cheek. Start with 1.5ml

 

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5 things I am passionate about…

Five things I am passionate about, will talk passionately about, may annoy others about how passionate I am about it and you can be just as passionate and tell me you’ve heard enough:

1. Health and key underlying causes to ailments and addressing these naturally (this includes the incorrectly drugging of babies and children and adults with psychotropic drugs instead of finding what diet deficiencies they have. My Running also fits into the “health” category).

2. Alternatives to avoid taking antibiotics and cold hard truth about what the  antibiotics do you to your body/gut due to excessive use.  The fact that probiotics and cod liver oil are foreign to so many people I’ve met as to how effective they are for your babies and yourself.

3. Vaccines, the truth about them and that I believe an alternative schedule from the 1980ies is much safer than today. I am a firm believer that due to the combo and excessive shots given in today’s schedule, autism has become more prominent.

4. Proper schools and education that have DIVERSITY for our children. Not stuck in a mold and tons of home economics, space, sports and crafts…(whatever happened to sewing, crochet, cooking, wood shops, welding & setting a table back when we were young?)

5. Our children raised with love but also with their exchange in with the household. Learn how to make money, produce and exchange with the household so when they turn 18 they know how to live in the world outside.  My girls love helping me clean up when I make it fun, cook, sweep and of course decorate the house during the holidays.  Push contribution, you will have happier child.

There I said it. I hope you all have a Happy Holidays!!!!

You are welcome to answer passionately about what you are passionate about!

Britt

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Thanks, Pharma. You created the “anti-vaccine movement”.

My sentiments exactly. Couldn’t have written this better. Please share.

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Fevers, coughs, colds & ear infections – how I avoided antibiotics

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Thursday:

I get my first “sick call” from my daughter’s school.  My daughter just started 4 days earlier so I was kind of shocked. Earlier that morning Riley had a funny cough but I figured maybe it was pollen related due to allergies to the tree pollen. Oh and of course, I was giving her dairy in her sippy cup and in her lunch box. Duh!?

Sure enough, Riley had a 101.7 fever and was extremely lethargic, coughing really bad, running nose and just wanted to lay down and watch shows or go to sleep. We came home and I was non stop Nurse from Thursday afternoon to Sunday night at 9pm….the illness of bad enough that Jordyn then got the illness. She was just 1 day behind Riley.

Friday:

I was super worried about Riley’s cough and congestion and tried to put my ear to her back to hear if there was any liquid in her lungs. I decided it best to be safe to go to Dr when she said her ear was hurting.

So, off to the Dr I went. Dr Cano at Suncoast Pediatrics never fails. Love that guy. He’s a bit deadpan and a total conservative. Looks at Riley, everything is great but says she’s just got a mid ear infection, mostly caused from the extreme congestion she has. Said he doesn’t advise antibiotics unless it gets out of control, gave me a prescription as a back up in case it go out of hand, said wait 48 hours and continue to administer garlic mullein oil in her ears.  I proceeded to cut out all dairy, loaded her up with immune boosting vitamins and fruit and several baths daily to clean out the congestion.  And I gave in and started giving her Motrin because she was so miserable.

Saturday:

As if the sleepless two nights were bad with Riley, the next two nights with Jordyn were even worse. I was up every 10-15 minutes with Jordyn who was vomiting green mucus and also had a bad fever.  And then it started taking a toll on me. I got a bit congested. only. Thank god.

Jordyn hated and refused any immune boosting vitamins unless it was a juice and Riley was taking Motrin 2 times a day. Her fever was going up and down. Always right back at 101.7 or a bit higher.

Sunday:

My husband got desperate and went out to buy more fruit and get antibiotics for Riley who looked like hell. The pharmacy was closed?!! Was that a sign?  I kinda felt it was. I knew the Motrin was causing a false break in the fever and decided despite how miserable Riley was to take Motrin out of daily the routine today and just let the fever, ear ache run it’s course.  Sure enough the fever slowly dropped from 101 down to 98.6 by 9pm.  The Motrin while helping with the pain, was delaying her getting better.

Jordyn on the other hand had another bad night of tossing and turning and gross coughs. I gave her a bath at 2:30am despite her begging me to not.  Finally 3:30am-6:30am she slept straight through.

From 6-9pm the girls both slept on me on their glider.

Monday:

Riley woke up totally back to normal with no ear ache, slight congestion and a small cough.  Jordyn woke up with a little worse but both back in great spirits and playing and laughing again. Yay I was so happy my girls were back. And they ate a whole apple. Prior to that they would eat small bits and drink 8 ounces roughly of liquid.

4 sheer days of hell and I made it out alive without the use of antibiotics. My apparent success:

1. Probiotics – find one with more than 5 strains, super important. I used this one 
2. Tons of fruit made available (bananas, apples, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries).
3. Liquid juice of some kind, either Ultima electrolytes or apple juice mixed with water, probiotics and Elderberry syrup mix.
4. Smoothie fruit with garlic, vitamin C and elderberry syrup.
5. I syringed elderberry syrup, 1000 mg of powdered vitamin C and some maple syrup and probiotics 2-3 times a day, always after some food.
6. Frequent baths to clean out the congestion
7. Garlic mullein oil in the ears 2 times a day, sometimes 3
8. Thieves oil applied in the bath, on their bodies, and around the house. Loved this article that my friend sent to me.
9. Humidifier, head elevated on pillows and small drops of eucalyptus oil in the bed.
10. Thieves oil on the body as described in #8.
11. Assists; the Body Comm, was amazing with Riley.

I am writing this because while it’s unbelievably painful and was draining on both myself and my husband, I would’ve rather suffered this way than to give my girls antibiotics that would then further destroy their gut and cause other attendant problems that I wasn’t willing to endure, one being fast relapse of illness and other allergies created from it.

I learned something from this, that while antibiotics are a must for some, you can avoid it. And it’s better to avoid it. This article really gave me great insight on why I avoid it at any cost.

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Delicious organic homemade pickles -preservative free

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Delicious Dill Pickles: 

Ingredients: Big glass Mason jar, Two 12 inch long cucumbers (you can also use baby cucumbers), fresh dill twigs, mustard seeds, whole black/colored peppercorn, Kosher salt, White wine vinegar, water, Coriander (optional) , Anise seed (optional), garlic cloves, Bay leaves. 

0. Sterilize the jars: Take a big pot of hot water and bring to a boil. Then take your mason jar/s and sterilize them inside and out including the lids. Extremely important to avoid bad bacteria and germs.

1. Prep cucumbers: Take your cucumbers, cut off the ends (super important). Then cut into spears. See photo for details.

2. Pickling brine: Take 2 cups of water and 2 cups of white wine vinegar, and two tablespoons of pickling/kosher salt and put into a pot and bring to a boil. Stir to make sure all salt is fully melted. (adjust amount of water and vinegar based on size of jar. My jar required 3 cups of both).

3. Add spices to the jar: While the water is coming to a boil, take these spices and put at the bottom of the jar: 1 bay leave, 3 crushed garlic cloves, 1 tbsp of peppercorn, 1 tsp of mustard seed, 1 dill twig, a pinch of coriander (optional) and a pinch of Anise seed (optional). 

4. Add cucumbers & more spices: Take all of your cucumbers and stuff them into the jar as much as you can.  Then add 1 tsp of peppercorn, 1 bay leave, 1 tsp of mustard seeds, 1 dill twig and 3 more crush garlic cloves to the top. 

5. Pour in the brine: (salt, vinegar and water) over the pickles and make sure the pickles are fully submerged. Put the lid on and let sit until it gets to room temperature (generally 2-3 hours). If you want crunchier pickles, leave out for only 1 hour and then put into the fridge.

6. Stick it in the fridge for 18-24 hours and you will have delicious pickles!

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Paleo Crock-pot Stews that are delicious

I’ve been wanting to write this out and just been really busy.  This recipe can be used for any other type of meat. I prefer 8 hours on low in crockpot or 4 hours on high if you are strapped for time.  8 hours always tastes just a bit better.  I’ve done this recipe with filet mignon, tri-steak (cut into perfect stew pieces) and meatballs. If I have other produce about to go bad in the fridge (tomatoes, spinach, asparagus, onions, parsley, cilantro and the like) I will add those too.

Ingredients: 4 carrots, 4 celery sticks, 1 sweet yellow onion, garlic, paprika, pepper flakes, fresh tomatoes, salt, pepper, chicken stock, raw butter or grassfed and almond flour.  You can add butter or oil to the crock-pot if you like that but I have had great success leaving it out.

1. Take 1/4 cup of fine almond flour in a mixing bowl and add a tsp of salt and pepper.

2. Take 1lb of grassfed or organic ground beef and mix it in the bowl until it’s fully covered and soaked up.

3. Take 4 carrots and peel them and then chop them and put into crock-pot

4. Take 4 celery sticks and cut off ends and then chop and put into crock-pot

5. Take 1 large sweet onion and put it either in the blender until it’s finely chopped or chop yourself and put into crock-pot

6. Take 2 tomatoes and put in blender until it’s a puree and put into crock-pot.

7. Take 3 garlic cloves and press them and put the pressed garlic into the crock-pot with the others.

8. Add 1/4-1/2 of chicken stock and add to the crock-pot, if you don’t have it, just add water. You may need to add more salt.

9. Take 1/4 tsp of Paprika, salt, pepper and pepper flakes and add to the crock-pot. If you like hot/spicy like we do, I add a tad bit more pepper flakes and it’s delicious.

10. Get a large saucepan and put it on medium heat. Add butter just enough to coat the pan.

11. While pan is heating up, take the meat and roll it into little balls and then put them into the medium saucepan and put a lid on them. The intention is just to brown the outer edges and makes them taste amazing. Shouldn’t be longer than 3 minutes.

12. Take the saucepan and add to the crock-pot, be sure to scrape off all oil from the pan and add to the crock-pot.

13. Take spoon and mix all ingredients together. Put crock-pot on low for 8 hours for a dinner or on High for 4 hours for lunch.

Chicken Enchiladas Stew: Paleo Omg

I love, love, love this recipe. I take NO credit for this recipe because I didn’t make it. The only thing I’ve changed is added butter or tablespoon of olive oil.  I didn’t like the sweet taste the coconut oil left. Whenever I have excluded oil the chicken was extremely chewy. So don’t eliminate.

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Update

Well, it’s been a long time since I was last on.  I just added a section on Bottle Weening/Sleep Training.  I know I will be adding more to this. This was just a rough draft and I plan to finalize it over the next couple of days! Thanks for reading! 

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Happy Valentine’s Day and more!

Well, I haven’t been on here much other than to post up pages on my blog to help friends out who have questions or need some better direction on things.

I am now 9 months pregnant and due to delivery my second baby March 11th. My Dr says it’s probably going to happen sooner, but we’ll see!

As a mom, we all tend to get information thrown at us. The purpose of this blog is only to help lessen the amount of information being thrown at you and you being able to gather the information you need to make the best decisions for yourself. Each mom and baby is a separate set of situations and conclusions, so I am a firm believer that the mama finds out for herself and sees if it’s applicable to them!

VALENTINES DAY 🙂

My husband went out of town to Monterey, CA for a Convention with CALSA (California Association of Latin Super-Attendants). He’s been going for the past three years.  To surprise him for Valentines Day I had photographer, Kristy Mann take some maternity photos as well as photos of my daughter. I am so pleased with the outcome and I am eager to show my husband!

We are heading down to Santa Monica to enjoy some great food at “The Ivy by the Sea” and then go to the Cirque du Soliel show, “Ovo” across the street.

Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours!

Here’s a couple of photos for you

 

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starting this blog!

Hey there!

I am starting my own personal blog and going to document my experiences with health, running and raising my first daughter, Riley Aria.

I hope to have more stuff up here son as I am just starting!

I was fortunate to work with my mom who ran a nursery for over 10 years and I learned how to make formula, how to handle babies and how to raise healthy babies.

Britt

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