Elderberry Syrup- Homeopathic for Flu, Cold and Virus and more...




Elderberry Syrup- Homeopathic for Flu, Cold and Virus

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I love Elderberry season! Last year I shared with you how to make Elderberry Elixir.  This year, it’s Elderberry Syrup.  Elderberry packs a POWERFUL health punch! If you don’t have access to fresh Elderberry, you can use dried. Scientific studies are finding Elderberry to inhibit several strains of the flu and cold.   Helps in reduction of coughing by helping to inhibit excess mucus and helps fight sinus infections by reducing mucus.  It has traditionally been used to relive pain and for inflammation.  Elderberry helps strengthen the immune system so you don’t get these dreadful sicknesses to begin with.  The berries contain powerful flavonoids and antioxidants.  Studies at preliminary stages are indicating that Elderberry may also be beneficial to those suffering from HIV and the herpes virus.

The recipe is super easy and the flavor delightful.  Take a teaspoon twice a day for preventive care.  Take three teaspoons four times a day if exposed or if sick.  Enjoy your health!  Last year I was repeatedly exposed to sickness and not once got anything.

Elderberry Syrup

1 cup organic elderberries

3 cups of water

1 cup RAW honey

1. Take berries off stems.  Stems are poisonous. Rinse berries and make sure there are no unripe berries in your batch.

2. In a pot add rinsed berries and water. Bring to boil.  Lower heat to simmer. Simmer for 30 mins.

3. Take off heat. Mash berries in water and let sit ’til liquid is room temperature.

4. Strain through cheesecloth or fine meshing.  Squeezing all the  goodness out of the berries.

5. Stir raw honey into strained Elderberry juice.  Make sure the juice is no higher than 100 degrees.  If it is it will kill the live enzymes in the honey.  The live enzymes will keep the Elderberry syrup preserved longer.

6. Stir whole batch and then pour into jars.  I keep one in the refrigerator and others go in the freezer.  Elderberry elixir is never frozen.  Mine from last year is still good.

Elderberries on the bush

Elderberries on the bush

Unripe elderberries

Unripe elderberries

Stems removed and ready to be rinsed

Stems removed and ready to be rinsed. This batch was made with 6 cups of Elderberries

I put all the berries in a a big pot and pour water over top the berries. All the stuff you don't want in the berries floats to the top-upripe ones, dirt, leaves, stems

I put all the berries in a a big pot and pour water over top the berries to rinse. All the stuff you don’t want  floats to the top; unripe berries, dirt, leaves, stems. Dump water out.

Cook the berries in water for 30 min's simmering, then crush the berries in the water- let rest for an hour till temperature is 100 or below.

Cook the berries in the water for 30 min’s simmering.  Then crush the berries in the water.  Let rest for an hour till temperature is 100 or below.

Strain

Strain

Squeeze all the goodness out of the berries

Squeeze all the goodness out of the berries.

Strain the berries over cheese clothe or netting. My is a yogurt straining net that I bought years ago from Stonyfield

Strain the berries over cheese clothe or netting. Mine is a yogurt straining net that I bought years ago from Stonyfield.

After all the berries are smashed and squeezed, this is what's left

After all the berries are smashed and squeezed, this is what’s left…

Too hot to add the honey

Too hot to add the honey. It would kill the beneficial live enzymes.

Perfect- now I can add the honey and it won't kill the live enzymes

Perfect. Now I can add the honey and it won’t kill the  enzymes.

Spilled elderberry juice stain

Spilled elderberry juice stain

Only use RAW HONEY- never heated. Not liquid honey

Only use RAW HONEY- never heated.

This jar amazingly powerful syrup with go in my refrigerator. It will be good for months. The only way for it to last is using raw honey. If you use heated honey the syrup could mold in a month

This jar of amazingly powerful syrup with go in my refrigerator. It will be good for many months. The only way for it to last is using raw honey. If you use heated honey the syrup could mold in a month.

Vintage jar from late 1800 holds elderberry syrup

Vintage jar from late 1800 holds elderberry syrup.

The rest of the jars will go into the freezer to use over the winter. I've had very sick people appear at my door asking for my elderberry elixir and syrup. They got well. . .

The rest of the jars will go into the freezer to use over the winter. I’ve had very sick people appear at my door asking for my elderberry elixir and syrup. I gave  some and prayed for them and they got well. . .

     
 

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Rose of Sharon: 10 Recipe Ideas, Health & Nutrition Facts

Rose of Sharon buds chopped thin make excellent decoration on cakes

Rose of Sharon buds chopped thin make excellent decoration on cakes

  • Medicinally, Rose of Sharon’s flower buds contain mucilage, a gooey medicinal compound made of polysaccharides, found in most species of the mallow family.  Mucilage can be used to heal burns, wounds, gastric ulcers and internal and external inflammation and irritation, such as sore throats or urinary tract infections.

2. Every part of The Rose of Sharon is edible leaves, blossoms and bark- it contains vitamin C and, Anthocyanins which are antioxidants.

3. Current studies are showing promising results with the root bark for inhibiting the proliferation of lung cancer. The root bark is used by the Chinese as an anti fungal remedy. It is also said to calm the nerves.
4. Use flowers and leaves in salads-Chop the blossoms or use whole flowers.

5. Make a tea from the leaves and flowers and drink as an antioxidant.

6. Add flowers and leaves to soups and quiche.

7. Chopped blossoms make beautiful decoration on cakes and the mild flavor blends well.

8. Opened blossoms make great dip holders- dip idea below.

9. Rose of Sharon water can be enjoyed with raw honey or used for making tea.

10.  Song of Solomon 2:1 The bride speaks, describing herself as a humble meadow flower (Rose of Sharon) unfit to be in such a luxurious place as that in which she now finds herself  in Solomon replies.

Rose of Sharon is South Korea’s national flower. It’s called Rose Mallow in the United Kingdom and St. Joseph’s Rod in Italy. It’s a deciduous shrub native to Asia and the name comes from Palestinian Valley named Sharon.

We have white, pink and purple Rose of Sharon bushes

 Rose of Sharon blooms most of our summer. It’s beautiful, healthy and it’s a perennial! PERFECT addition to your yard and health. 

Rose of Sharon attracts Humming Birds, Honey Bees and Bumble Bees

 Rose of Sharon attracts Humming Birds, Honey Bees and Bumble Bees- food for your bees

The Bee is covered! I love it!

The Bee is covered! I love it!

Kept in water until dinner

Kept in water until dinner

Rose of Sharon makes colorful, nutritious and yummy salad

 Rose of Sharon makes colorful, nutritious and yummy salad- who wouldn’t want to eat this? The roses have a mild flavor, doesn’t taste medicinal

Dehydrate for winter tea

 Dehydrate for winter tea

1 cup of Rose of Sharon pressed down,  add  2 cups of shimmering water and let steep for 40 mins

 1 cup of Rose of Sharon pressed down, add 2 cups of shimmering water and let steep for 40 mins

 

Take roses out of water and gently squeeze- Rose of Sharon medicinal water

Take roses out of water and gently squeeze- Rose of Sharon medicinal water

Omelet with chopped Rose of Sharon buds and chopped Rose of Sharon leaves. Organic, homegrown tomatoes are superior to anything you get in the store and chopped fresh herbs

 Pizza- Crust is egg, chopped Rose of Sharon buds, chopped Rose of Sharon leaves. Organic, homegrown tomatoes, fresh herbs

Omlete with raw cheese

 Omlete with raw cheese and rose of Sharon

Bone Broth with Rose of Sharon added to broth. Rose of Sharon also is a thickener

 Bone Broth with Rose of Sharon added to broth. Rose of Sharon also is a thickener

Fermenting Rose of Sharon- fermented soft items must be eaten within 30 days

 Fermenting Rose of Sharon- fermented soft items must be eaten within 30 days

Opened blossom makes a great dip holder. This one holds homemade yogurt with raw honey and cinnamon to be used today with our homegrown blackberries, raspberries. . .

 Opened blossom makes a great dip holder. This one holds homemade yogurt with raw honey and cinnamon to be used today with our homegrown blackberries, raspberries. . .

 

Rose of Sharon buds chopped thin make excellent decoration on cakes

Rose of Sharon buds chopped thin make excellent decoration on cakes.  Frosting was colored with our raspberries, crushed. The cupcakes are still warm, hence the frosting drooling over the side. Rose of Sharon is so mild, it doesn’t interrupt flavor

     
 

A Wrecked Marriage–Saved Over Lunch

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If you’re joining me from P31 Devotions today, welcome!

“I can’t STAND my husband. I’ve had enough. It’s over. I’m so finished

with this marriage, Sharon. I’m DONE… DONE!” She screamed as I held

the phone away from my ear. She started sobbing. I waited. I could hear

her kids fighting in the background and a baby screaming. She said,

“Sharon, can the kids and I come over right now? I need your help. I don’t

know what to do with my life.”

Everything in me wanted to say, “NO!” It was lunch time. Her kids plus

mine would be a miniature army to feed. We were renovating our house

and the kitchen was out of service. I was using my bedroom as a makeshift

kitchen. We didn’t even have running water! I couldn’t imagine feeding

her crew and mine, much less have enough ingredients for a lunch.

Without thinking further I said, “Get the kids in the van and get over here!

We’ll talk over lunch while the kids play.” I heard her phone disconnect

before I even finished the sentence.

I rummaged through a box and found oatmeal, walnuts, maple syrup and

water bottles. That’s it, I thought. We’re eating oatmeal for lunch. That’s

all I’ve got! I made it on one of those table top burners. It was the biggest

pot of oatmeal you’ve ever seen.

The bowls and spoons were covered in dust from the construction. I wiped

’em clean. A little dirt never hurt anybody, I thought to myself. My kids

came in and asked why I had so many bowls. I said, company’s coming.

Your FRIENDS! They squealed with delight.

15 bowls of piping hot oatmeal topped with butter, walnuts, milk and

drizzled maple syrup were ready! I ran outside. Pulled 15 apples off the

apple tree and sat one next to every bowl.

The house was a wreck but I don’t think she ever saw it. She had tunnel

vision. All she could see was her doomed marriage. Everyone got their

bowl of oatmeal- including the construction workers.

We all sat down on the dusty floor, bowed our heads in prayer, ate, and

talked. The kids talked. The construction workers talked. My friend and I

talked.

As she told me her story, I thought to myself, “Oh my GOODNESS! I can’t

imagine being married to this man-either!” But I wasn’t about to say it! I

let her talk for over an hour without saying a word. At the end of it all, she

looked at me and said, “Well, what do you think?”

Within my spirit I prayed and asked God to help me say only what He

wanted me to say. My flesh wrestled with my spirit- BIG TIME! Lord?!

This guys a jerk! A total JERK!

I looked into her eyes and said, “Let’s pray and ask what He thinks.”

Words rolled out of my mouth that I hadn’t planned or thought. So much

better than what my thoughts were.

The prayer was finished and she looked at me and said, “I’m going to need

a lot of prayer to get through this Sharon. Everything you said really

convicted me today. I do love him and I believe more than ever after

coming here, that God is going to turn this around and use it for our good.

She hollered for her kids. Hauled them into the van and off they went. She

went back home to her husband, the kids’ dad, the family united. They

started to love each other again…

What did I do?

Served 15 bowls of piping hot oatmeal in 15 dusty bowls on a dusty floor

and barely said a word of my own. Listened. Kept my mouth closed and

invited the Lord through prayer to lead our thoughts. He is faithful and boy

did He answer.

“Ask and you shall receive. Seek and you shall find. Knock and the door will

be opened to you.”

Do you have a friend who’s going through a hard time with money,

marriage, kids, or their health? One you should invite over but haven’t

because your house isn’t in order? It doesn’t matter what your house looks

like or what you serve ’em! They need your help!

In the comment section below, tell me who you need to invite in one word.

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Marriage is Like Farming- It Must be Cultivated

A magical marriage

The grain bag was almost empty, so I reached deeply into the dark bag to get a scoop for my chickens… Suddenly something scurried up my arm sleeve! You would have thought an anaconda was in my shirt the way I jumped and screamed! Within 10 seconds a mouse jumped right out of the top of my shirt! I’m surprised we didn’t both roll over and die right there!

People love farms. I think it’s inborn. You know an innate desire deep within for “that” farm- where the grass is always green, the animals are always content and luscious organic food grows effortlessly.

Ahhh… but what people don’t see is what it takes to make “that” farm.

A diligent farmer never, ever goes a single day without working and laboring by the sweat of his brow on behalf of the farm. You have to fight for it. YOU DO! You protect its borders, maintain the fences… love and cherish it, in sickness and in health- till death do you part.

Only a farmer with this mentally has “that” beautiful, “magical” farm.

You must be willing to fight predators single handedly who come to steal, kill and destroy; like snakes eating our breakfast, foxes dragging off the chickens, or coyote’s stealing our newborn kids (baby goats).

The work doesn’t stop there. There’s poop to scoop, fields to mow, poisonous vines to annihilate, goats to milk in 0-100 degree temperatures. . .  Left unattended for just a short while and you wouldn’t want the farm!

People love looking at our goats, chickens, and turkeys strutting about the farm. They love watching the fireflies dance about over the open field at night… roaming the nature paths… With dreamy eyes many say to me, “Oh this place is magical! I want a farm, just like it.” I smile and nod, thinking to myself, if they only knew the labor. Would they really want it?

A good marriage is just like a good farm.

People love good marriages, it’s innate. Everyone desires “true love.” Oh, it’s breathtaking. People flock to movies to see a powerful love story about a couple who would do anything for love. They sit with popcorn in hand, tears streaming and wish their love story was “that” one.

Just like a farm, marriages have predators that threaten “true love.” You know what I’m talking about… Something or someone that seeks to destroy you and/or devour your marriage. You’ve got to FIGHT for your marriage! YOU DO! Protect the borders. Maintain the fences. Love and cherish it in sickness and in health- till death do you part.

The work doesn’t stop there. There’s stinky messes to clean,  poisonous vines (words that destroy) to annihilate… love to be lavished sacrificially. . .left unattended for one season and you wouldn’t want the marriage.

Yep… There are moments that I don’t want to farm anymore; like when a mouse runs up my sleeve and out the top of my shirt. I’m finished, I am! But in the grand scheme of things a mouse in my shirt is the very least of the costs of having “that” farm. Some things you just got to get over no matter how unnerving and press on toward the prize of the high calling.

A good marriage is like a good farm. It is a work in process that can never be left unattended- not even for one day. Luscious fruit doesn’t grow effortlessly. You’ve got fight for it. YOU DO.

I always dreamt of living on a farm. Never, ever did I think it would be so hard. But we’ve got “that” farm- where the grass is green and the animals are content. Actually, it is magical to live here but we work hard at it.

Our marriage is magical too, but we work really hard at it.

Gen 3:18-19

“Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; And you will eat the plants of the field; By the sweat of your face You will eat bread, Till you return to the ground…”

Gen 2:22-24 “Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman, ‘ for she was taken out of man.” For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.”

Edward when he was born

Edward when he was born.

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Edward our French Alpine buck.  He’s famous on The Glasgow Farm.

chickens

Sparky and chickens

 

Snake eating our breakfast

Yep a black snake in the chicken coop- eating our breakfast! He never came back for another egg after this day.

Edward

A content animal.

Turkey's

Every night before dusk we have to put the Turkey’s in their house or the foxes come looking for them.

Sparky and cat

Trolly unloading people

Trolly unloading people onto our farm for a wedding- 2 hours before they arrived. Edward knocked down his fence that led straight to where the trolly is parked. Dale worked hard to mend the fence before 200 people arrived!

 

Ground hogs- every year Dale secures the garden. He built a wooden fence to the ground with chicken wire around it.  They've dug under, climbed over. . . I've turned around while weeding before and seen one looking me straight in the eyes! You've got to fight for your garden!

Ground hogs.  Every year Dale secures the garden. He built a wooden fence to the ground with chicken wire around it. They’ve dug under, climbed over. . . I’ve turned around while weeding before and seen one looking me straight in the eyes! You’ve got to fight for your garden! They love anything with blossoms, especially zucchini, cucumbers and squash.

Fence and gate

Deer  jump over and  foxes crawl under  fences to  get to what they want- it’s up to us to protect within our border.
     
 
 
   
 

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