Sunday, February 12, 2017

elderberry syrup

Have you heard of the amazing benefits of elderberry syrup??
Looking for a natural remedy that has a very long history of medicinal use? 

There’s evidence that the elderberry may have been cultivated by prehistoric man. There are also recipes for elderberry-based medications dating back to Ancient Egypt. However, most historians typically trace its healing abilities back to Hippocrates, the ancient Greek known as the “father of medicine,” who described the plant as his “medicine chest” because of the wide array of health concerns it seemed to cure. Whether we’re talking cavemen, ancient Egyptians or ancient Greeks, this natural remedy definitely goes way back, so it’s no wonder it’s known as one of the top antiviral herbs on the planet.
Health benefits of the elder plant include naturally improving colds, the flu, sinus issues, nerve pain, inflammation, chronic fatigue, allergies, constipation and even cancer. When used within the first 48 hours of onset of symptoms, the extract has actually been found to reduce the duration of the flu with symptoms being relieved on an average of four days earlier. During the 1995 Panama flu epidemic, the government actually employed the use of the elderberry to fight the flu.
It gets better. When it comes antioxidant power, elderberry is higher in flavonoids than blueberries, cranberries, goji berries and blackberries. 

I’m sure you’re getting the picture that this medicinal berry is a real powerhouse for good health.
And this syrup is incredibly easy and yummy to boot!
Our boys love it!
Hope you do too!

Elderberry Syrup
Makes about a quart.

Add 2/3 cup dried elderberries to a small saucepan.
Add 3 1/2 cups water and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon.

Add a knob of fresh ginger.
*about one inch long...or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger*

Bring to a boil then simmer for about 45-60 minutes.
Pour through a strainer into a container.
Mash berries until all the juice is squeezed through.

Add 1 cup raw honey.
Mix well.

Keep in fridge and take 1 teaspoon a day (1/2 teaspoon for kiddos) for cold/flu prevention.
Take double the dose for a bad cold and triple the dose (per day) for flu.

Try to only take 4-5 days out of the week and take the last 2-3 days off.
Similarly, only take during cold and flu season and then take the summer months off unless a cold crops up.
Elderberries are strong so you definitely need to regulate your doses.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

homeschool wrap-up: january!

jack is already getting started on next years' christmas list :)
but i'm impressed with his penmanship! 

jurassic quest came to shreveport and we took all four boys to go see it!
they were thrilled out of their minds.

N week!

practicing his numbers

pre-writing practice for gabriel

winter crafts!

poetry tea time!

felt unit on the solar system

the promise of boy dress-up is the only thing that got us through this day...

poems on poop! ha!

geography practice with daddy

o is for octopus!

we had a lot of sick days this month...
and this is what they looked like.
nursing the baby while the boys did a few worksheets on the floor...

more sick day activities

textile O's

suffix work


more winter crafting!

woolly mammoth poems!

spanish lessons

getting some spelling work in while writing thank yous

color of the month!

green stamping

money numbers.

this was my second cup of coffee.
he gets addition, subtraction, number sequences but how many pennies in a dime?!

more pre-tracing work

so proud of my four year old!
he's doing excellent with his reading!


we do poetry tea time on wednesday and that's usually what i take a picture of.
(i like food.)
but mondays are for yoga!

our unit this month was italy!

figuring out da vinci's code :)

felt stories on the gladiators

gondola art!

map tracing practice

lasagna noodle flags!

mosaic art!

so this was my mom's (really good!) idea.
let's coat the boys in lotion, then flour, then have them pose as italian sculptures!
but, it was freezing cold (we totally thought 70's would be warm enough!) and the wind kept blowing the flour into their eyes.
and the flour wasn't white enough.
but hey, mama and nanny had a greaaaaaat time!

hahahaha, real life.

leaning tower of pisa!

lots of yummy italian food all week!

tortellini, bolognese, focaccia, and "real" wine (grape juice) in a real wine bottle and real wine glasses.
the boys felt so fancy.

p for peacock!

play snow

counting lessons

poetry tea time baking class!

we were sick for cc one week so we reviewed in bed!

plugging away at our math

more spanish review

this kid.
he's just turned 4, wouldn't even be in prek-4 if enrolled in "real" school, and already done with his accredited, Abeka workbook.
so, i moved him up to kindergarten and he's loving it!!!

in cc, we had a fun review day!
which involved marshmallows...

and we've been learning about vibrations and frequency...

rembrant study in art

bottle organ experiment

covering the major artists in art class

another great month in school!

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