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The trees (& god knows what else) are pollinating in St. Louis, & we have all of our windows open to let in the fresh spring air, but unfortunately for me, that means allergies. I’ve had them my entire life, as does my mom & as did my gramma, & they bring with them a tendency towards lung issues. I’ve resolved the chronic lung issues I had by deleting gluten & grains, legumes, dairy, & sugar from my eating, & the side benefit of that has been no more arthritis, tendonitis, & other inflammatory problems as well. But I still have allergies.Bring on the Nettles! This is the best natural anti-histamine I’ve found, & I’ll be drinking a lot of it to keep myself functional. My formula:
1 heaping Tb + mug of hot water X just let it steep awhile then drink it.
AND, because 1 cup might not cut it:
1/4 cup leaf + 1 Qt of hot water X let it steep until cool, drink a cup, put the jar in the frig & strain as needed throughout the day. Make a fresh Qt every morning.
The effect of Nettles is not cumulative. I usually notice an improvement within hours. The down side of this is that if I don’t drink it every day (& I do get tired of drinking it), the symptoms come right back. So I’ll be drinking a lot of it again this year, starting today.
This is my 2nd cup of the day. Sometimes I like my Elder Berry straight, sometimes I like it with rose, cinnamon, & stevia. This is a gently sweet blend, with a short ingredient list! The Elder Berry is the prominent note, with it’s tart & bright flavor & slightly musky, almost Valerian-like scent. The roses add a soothing quality, the cinnamon brings some depth, & the Stevia sweetens the cup & pulls all the flavors together.
Drinking my daily cup of Elderberry. I went by Cheryl’s yesterday to restock, & I have to say, this is the best Elderberry I’ve ever had!! Although the berries are dried, they have a juicy fruitiness to the aroma & taste, I feel like I’m Anne of Greene Gables, drinking a cordial. The brew is rich, sweet, & thick with flavor, & I think I’m gonna have to buy a lb of these this year!
It’s a rare treat when ‘medicine’ tastes so good that I look forward to my next cup!
Cheryl’s Herbs is a shop less than 5 minutes from my house. Cheryl is an awesome internationally known (at least in herbalist circles) Herbalist. She really knows her stuff regarding herbs, aromatherapy, & many other holistic arts. She sells any herb from anywhere that you might want or need (all of the highest quality), makes custom formulas, hosts all kinds of workshops & classes at her shop (from aromatherapy to Wild Fermentation featuring Sandor KatZ), AND she’s a professional French Horn player! If she looks at me when I’m in the store & says, "Terri, I think you need to drink (insert herb here), I’ll do it, cuz she knows. Needless to say, I get my herbs & tinctures from her…& my veggie culturing supplies…and the replacement filter for my water purifier… And essential oils…
So, this is real elderberries! not some blend with a berry or 2 in it. It is the best tea I can drink when there are virals floating around. It is a potent anti-viral that actually tastes pretty good too, especially lightly sweetened. I like to steep 1 TB in 8oz for about 10 minutes, add a pinch of sweet, & enjoy! Kids will usually drink it too, even adult children, which is why this is a sipdown.
But I won’t even bother to remove it from my cupboard, because I’ll restock today.
I’m feeling a little bit like I might be coming down with something, although it may just be another allergen in the air. To play it safe I’m drinking cups of Elderberry, which has proven to me over the years to be an excellent anti-viral. I’m also using this sinus spray called Boogey Buster, which is made with thyme oil & other things. It burns like hell, I hate it, but it really helps to keep the head open.
I’m taking a very strong cup of this to sip in bed while I read a bit. I’ve had a bit of a headache on & off today, & am feeling some achey sensations, & my ribcage is feeling heavy. That’s usually a sign that I’m fighting viral, & since elderberry is such an awesome antiviral, I’m drinking some.
I don’t often drink tea at night, because tea = pee = no sleep for me, but tonight I’m making an exception.
Today is another crazy-busy gig day for me. I’ll play at Schnucks grocery store from 11am – 3pm, then bring my electric harp & sound system home, grab a bite to eat & more tea, & go back to the church I played at last night for our final performance. My acoustic harp is already there, & I’ll bring it home after the gig.
I feel like my body is fighting something off. I started noticing it yesterday. I’ve had really good results in the past with Elderberries, especially in the realm of viral illnesses, so I’m drinking a few strong infusions of it, because getting sick isn’t really an option right now. When Harp players get sick, they have to show up anyway, because the show must go on, and it’s not like you can send a replacement!
It’s been a long day. I got up early, played a bridal fair all day, & I should probably be in bed, but I’m not because of Cardinals Baseball!
In case you didn’t know, St. Louis is serious about baseball & we love our team! I’ve never actually been to a baseball game, as I don’t care much for crowds unless I’m performing, & the view is always way better from my TV screen. I also don’t watch much TV, but baseball is one exception! We’re currently leading, 6 to 4. Keeping fingers crossed…
My taste buds are gradually starting to function. My main taste is still ‘sweet’, & I’m having this ongoing obsession to eat apple slices sauteed in coconut oil with cinnamon. I’ve been eating them for a few weeks, I just can’t get enough of them! I ate some steamed broccoli & tasted it’s mild bitterness, that was very exciting! I’m thinking I might start the day tomorrow with a creamy frothy Matcha (not flavored).
Everyone in my house is drinking Elderberry like it’s going out of style. In another exciting moment, I can taste the tartness of this tea today! Yay! Things are looking up! Now if we can just win this dam game!
I started the day with a cup of Elder Berry Tea, from Cheryl’s Herbs, an herb shop here in St. Louis that sells all kinds of medicinal herbs, tinctures, essential oils, etc. http://www.cherylsherbs.com/
I always drink Elder Berry in the Fall, Winter, & Spring. When I’m having allergies, my immune system gets low, and Elder Berry has wonderful antiviral properties, and other beneficial qualities.
It’s not a tea I drink for pleasure, but it isn’t really objectionable either. The smell is, of course, berry like, but with overtones of Valerian (another of my favorite herbs). The taste is slightly sweet & tart. I usually use 1 T for a cup of hot tea, sometimes stronger if I’m under the weather, & sometimes with a pinch of stevia. I have a tendency to lung ailments in the Fall, & I’ve seen this tea make a big difference, so I drink it often!
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Mmmmm I’ve been feeling like I’ve been fighting something for a bit now so I pulled these out of my cupboard to have tonight. I know nothing about herbs and the like but Terri told me to drink these if I felt like I was coming down with something, so here I am! Good thing I like the taste too – esp with a pinch of honey :)
i figured i would have a cup of this tonight since it’s not really tea. Not to mention that my allergies are acting up AND the last thing i want is to get sick next week before vacation. Terri sent this my way and i haven’t had a chance to try it yet. On the whole this isn’t a bad cup of…drink? haha it’s got a sweet taste to it but with a bit of zing that makes me smile. If there is any truth to the medicinal properties, i could drink this all the time! :)