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.

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!
(photo credit)

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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How To Make Elderberry Syrup

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Click here to read the reasons I don’t get a flu shot.
Elderberry syrup is what I call my homemade flu medicine. Elderberries are a great immune booster and are good for bronchitis, colds, coughing and especially the flu. They contain compounds that inhibit the flu from penetrating cell membranes and invading respiratory tract cells. You can take the elderberry syrup daily to help prevent the flu, or every hour if you have come down with the flu (or a cold, etc.)  This syrup is very beneficial to your health and it tastes great too!!!

How To Make Elderberry Syrup

1/2 cup dried elderberries
3 cups water
1 cup raw honey
Bring berries and water to a boil and simmer for about 30 minutes.  Mash berries and strain through a cheesecloth or a fine strainer.  Stir in honey and pour into jar.  Store in the refrigerator for 3 months.

Elderberry Syrup Oxymel

(Adding apple cider vinegar to this syrup turns it into an oxymel.  Apple cider vinegar gives extra benefits, but the recipe above with only honey is great too!)
2 cups dried elderberries
4 cups water
3 cups raw honey
Follow the same instructions as the recipe above.  This recipe lasts for 6 months in the fridge.
For both recipes:
Child – take 1 tsp. daily
Adults – take 1 tbsp. daily
(Or hourly if sick)

Watch a video of me making elderberry syrup!

Don’t know where to buy dried elderberries? You can buy organic dried elderberries here.
Though it does save a lot of money to make your own syrup, if you would like to buy some, you can.  This elderberry syrup is a good quality to buy.
Enjoy making this healthy, easy syrup for you and your family. 🙂

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Elderberries & Laura Ingalls Wilder Farmhouse

Yesterday was a very exciting day for me!  I went with my mom, my friend Erin and our children to the Laura Ingalls Wilder farmhouse and museum!  This was not the area in Minnesota or the town in South Dakota where Laura grew up as a girl.  This is the place that Laura and Almanzo moved to when Rose was a small child – the “land of the big red apple” ~ Mansfield, Missouri!

Not only do I have a passion for herbs and home remedies, I’m a HUGE lover of history and antiques as well ~ especially from the 1800’s and early 1900’s.  Let’s just say it was like heaven on earth for me!I didn’t just browse through the museum, enjoying Almanzo and Laura’s memorabilia, I like to read every detail and letter written.  The museum contained Pa’s original fiddle that he passed down to Laura.  His playing helped them survive The Long Winter.  There were items made by Almanzo for Laura and things given and made by friends and her sisters.  Do you know Nellie “Oleson’s” last name was really “Owens”?  There are only two names that Laura changed in her books, and Nellie was one of them – probably because they weren’t exactly good things said about her. 🙂  Laura has a name card that Nellie gave her in school, plus several others from her classmates.  It was a popular thing in her school days to make name cards and exchange them! 

I’ve read the whole series that Laura wrote, plus most of the books written by Roger Lea Macbride about Rose.  I enjoy reading the books to my girls, too.  Laura had some great character qualities about her that she learned from her mom and passed on to Rose.  
Here’s a quote from Laura:

 “It is best to be honest and truthful, to make the most of what we have, to be happy with simple pleasures and to be cheerful and have courage when things go wrong.”
It was amazing to see these things that I’ve read about!  The farmhouse was very neat (they wouldn’t let us take indoor pictures :'( ).  It was left just as Almanzo and Laura left it when they died.  The original kitchen, living room/bedroom, and stairs to the loft where Rose slept are still there.  Laura was only 4 feet 11 inches, so Almanzo made the counters, sink and baking cabinet extra low for her.  I would have to bend over to prepare food on them!  (I’m 5’7″)  There were also more rooms added later in their life as their farm prospered and they could afford it.  Needless to say, I was the last one out of the house, and the worker was at my heels wanting to lock things up until the next tour – I could have stayed in there a lot longer – maybe I can make another trip? I really think they should give us more tour time.  I did have unlimited time in the museum. 🙂 
The front of the farm house
The back of the house.  The top row of windows is where Rose’s loft was.
My girls and one of their friends.
Chatting on the front porch
Me and my baby in the yard where Rose played all those years…
Me and my girlies on the front porch.  My oldest and a few of her friends dressed in pioneer dresses ~ it was so fun for them! 🙂  My other 2 older ones dressed in prairie-like clothes too.
The rock house that Rose purchased for her parents about 1/4 a mile from the farmhouse.  Almanzo & Laura lived here for 8 years and then returned to the farmhouse. 
I’m thankful for a patient mother that watched the children outside, and for Erin that enjoys pouring over every detail like I do! 🙂  We were at the farmhouse, museum and gift store for 5 hours!  We then visited the cemetery and Rock House.  I LOVED taking a trip back in time!  It was a long and lovely day! 🙂
Have you not read the books about Laura’s and Rose’ life?  You SHOULD!  Their story is much different than the t.v. series, and they are real life happenings!  I enjoy them a lot!  Here’s the first book in the Laura series written by Laura herself:
Here’s the first book in The Rose Years by Macbride:
Would you like to visit this historical place in Missouri?  Click here for the website and directions.
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Now, what does this trip have to do with Elderberry?  Why did I include this in my title?
Sorry about the poor picture quality – it’s hard to take a good picture as you’re whizzing down the road! 🙂
On the trip, I saw DOZENS of elderberry plants growing along the road (have I mentioned that I have some in the back woods? I’m very excited about that!)  Elderberry flowers and berries have anti-inflammatory, antiviral and anticancer properties.  It’s a great immune booster and has been used for different sicknesses.  I love this plant and plan on posting in the future as I use it in my family’s lives!

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