How To Use Elderflowers To Reduce Fever

You may have read my post on using elderberries as an excellent immune booster.  Do you know you can use the elderflowers as well?
Besides helping sinusitis and pollen allergies, elderflowers can also reduce fevers.
A few weeks ago, my baby ran a fever of 102.  In the past, I’ve always given tylenol if the fever got this high – you know, that’s what we’re taught, isn’t it?  It was embedded in my brain!  Work with the fever as long as it doesn’t get over 102.  This time, however, I was determined to bring her soaring fever down naturally.
Outside I went to grab some elderflowers.  I washed them, pulled the tiny flowers off the stem
and steeped them in hot water.  Be sure you don’t boil the delicate flowers and kill many of their healthy properties.  I brought one cup of water to a boil and let it sit off the burner for a few minutes before adding the flowers.  Let it steep for 5-10 minutes.
How many flowers do you add?
Typically you use 1-2 tsp. of dried herbs per cup of water, so you would double that amount for fresh herbs.  Use 2-4 tsp. of fresh herb per cup of water.
Elderflowers generally only bloom for 3 weeks in the month of June, sometimes they bloom in May if the weather turns warmer earlier than normal {like it did this year!}.  You can dry elderflowers to have them on hand all year round for fevers and other ailments.If you don’t have any elderberry bushes nearby, you can purchase dried elderflowers here.

Dosage:
The suggested dosage for adults in drinking medicinal tea is 1 cup 3 times a day.  The dosage is cut in half for children, and for the baby, I gave her 1/4 cup at a time.  I’m happy to say that the elderflowers worked with her fever to help bring it down and fight the sickness in her little body!
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Now the tylenol issue ~ that’s a post of necessity for the near future.  Tylenol is not mama’s best friend like we’ve thought!!


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  1. says

    Thank you for this great post!

    I gave up on Tylenol a few years ago when I finally felt comfortable enough with my herbs and homeopathic remedies to quit relying upon it. Now I rarely every use it for my children. Can’t wait for your post!

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