From The Herbal Corner/ Creating Elderberry Syrup
Autumn has arrived here in New England, and winter is not far behind, So I am sharing an old folk remedy that goes back:
Now that fall is upon us and winter will be arriving, it is the time of year to create some good Old Fashion Elderberry syrup.
- This fruit is low in calories and consists of dietary fiber.
- Elderberry syrup is made from the berries of the Sambucus tree.
- We know that one cup of elderberries is packed full of vitamin C and antioxidants. So, you must be sure to cook your elderberries well.
- Please note that the seeds, stem, even the leaf can be toxic.
- Never give honey to children one year of age or younger.
- I never recommend the use of non-stick cookware.
- Two cups dried organic elderberries.
- Four cups of cold water (spring water, distilled, purified, or spring water works best)
- 1.5 tablespoon organic dried ginger root
- 1-1.5 organic cinnamon stick
- One cup of raw or local honey, or you may substitute agave or maple syrup in place of honey. If you desire to strengthen the shelf life by doubling the amount of honey or adult use, you can add a cup of brandy or vodka as (this will increase the shelf-life of your syrup.
- Place berries, cinnamon, and ginger in cold water and bring it to a boil.
- Lower the heat and allow herbs to simmer for 30 to 40 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let steep for 1 hour.
- Strain berries and herbs using a strainer or cheesecloth (double the cheesecloth) and squeeze out liquid (Remember the liquid is hot, so be careful.) Discard used herbs in compost.
- Once the liquid has cooled to just above room temperature, add honey/and alcohol if you are using it and mix well. And stir to incorporate.
- Bottle in sterilized glass and store in the refrigerator.
- Remember to add half of the honey amount to your liquid. If you have three cups of liquid, you will want to add at least 1.5 cups of honey. slightly, and you want to make sure you
- Shelf Life: The goal here is to prevent bacteria, so make it in small batches and refrigerate.
General Anxiety Disorder:
October 7, 2021
Like many things in life, a one-size-fits-all is not always practical, even regarding mental health-related issues. Unfortunately, it is not always practical, and in my experience, the same holds for Anxiety.
In mental health, General Anxiety Disorder is referred to as free-floating Anxiety and consists of psychological and physical symptoms.
- Heart palpations
- Stomach upset
- Difficulty sleeping
- Nausea or diarrhea
- Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
- A sense or feeling that something awful will happen
- Feeling edgy\General Anxiety can have a period of calm
- A person can have thoughts of doom about the individual, or family members can also be present.
- Generalized Anxiety can have periods when Anxiety is not present.
An example of this involves a client I worked with. This client presented all the physical and psychological symptoms. One night he had intense panic attacks at 2:00 in the morning with rapid heart palpations. He found it challenging to keep still, unable to focus, and expressed that he felt like he would die. He had 1-3 triggered thoughts that would do him in every time. He was too frightened by these thoughts. His brain would freeze and cycle in on these negative thoughts for several months-but this time was different; he was able to learn to step out of the thoughts of his mind and knew to look at himself panicking while at the same time standing outside of himself not panicking and followed practice the techniques I gave him. He was able to free himself of something that had held him hostage.
So, in this case, the client was given several different treatment modalities to assist the client, which allowed him to receive relief. Therefore, it was a two-fold process utilizing modalities that addressed the mind (pre-frontal cortex), the parasympathetic, and the sympathetic nervous system. The client’s willingness to practice these techniques commit to the process assisted him with his healing.