...herb for the service of man...

"He causeth the grass to grow for food, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth a man's heart." ~Psalm 104: 14-15

Monday, September 24, 2012

An Easy remedy for my colds: Drink Elderberry Kombucha and Teas from BHS!

Have you, like me, wondered "What to drink when sick?" Now I've my answer; Kombucha made with elderberries, ginger or mint!



Ginger Kombucha and Elderberry Kombucha


I've often read about herbal remedies and just plain healthy foods that help restore health when used abundantly when just starting to get sick. But I hadn't ever succeeded in using them enough or at the right time to actually benefit with a quicker recovery. (Think raw garlic, echinacea tincture...)

That is, until this year's colds started to come on. Now I've finally found something that works for me! I can just grab and drink, no prep needed! :]  Plus it's something tasty, and I like having something to drink besides just water when I get sore throats anyway!

The first happened sort of accidentally really. I had started 3 different flavors of kombucha on their second "ferment"(or when "bottling") the day I started to get sick. So I strained them, tasted them, and drank profusely of the elderberry variety. It shouldn't have surprised me that I started to recover nearly as soon as I started to feel the cold come on! But the real proof to me of the helpful healing power that God has put in this neat little berry was that it didn't develop into a cough-at all! Anyone who's been around me much in the last 3 years could tell you, I get coughs. That hang on. For months. Well, not this time! I first learned about the wonders of kombucha from Mexican Wildflower. *Now called Nourishing Simplicity*

 And I haven't even started to tell you about the summer cold and what helped then. It was teas from Bulk Herb Store that helped with the almost the same results! Lemon Drop Tea, Dr. Cinnamon, and Double-E Immune Booster. I drank those, some more kombucha, and raw milk back in July when I started to get sick. Again, no lingering cough! Yay!

 There are so many other drinks that you can make simply at home: Mexican Wildflower has a post about tea, Keeper of the Home has this post about making drinks (you can even turn juice into a good soda!), a friend named Lizzy always just puts lemons in her water, and I think an interesting option (added to water) is cucumbers or strawberries with mint!  *Now find over 100 cold drink links on my pin board: 100+ Cold Drinks You Can Make on Hot Days!*

What do you drink when you're sick ~ Have you tried kombucha? What flavors have your made? Any helpful hints you've found?


*You can click on the links above to go to Bulk Herb Store to find the berries and teas I mentioned at, or you can use my affiliate link here - which would give me a small commission without effecting your price at all: Dried Elderberries.*


Shared on Homemaking Mondays Link-Up...

5 comments:

  1. Where do you get your elderberries?

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    1. Laura, I added another link at the end. I get mine from Bulk Herb Store! They're a neat little company in Tennessee. :)

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  2. This looks interesting... A few questions... When did you add the dried elderberries to your kombucha batch? And to what ratio? Did you add them when you made the tea or did you seep them with your hot black tea (and strain them out)? Thanks for your help (and for linking up with us last week)...

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  3. I'm not about to answer everything just now (don't have a charger with me!), but will get back to your questions this week! Sorry. Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. *oops! meant to say "not able to" :}
      OK, for flavoring kombucha, I like to follow Katie Mae's method of adding in fruit/berries/flavors after bottling up the almost finished beverage. (There's a link there for "the Wonders of Kombucha" where she explains that. It's after removing the SCOPY and poring it up to "ferment" again.) She suggests leaving it in about 2 days. I added in a handful or so, enough to cover the top (you can kinda see it in the first photo). Not very scientific about it! Also, Since I wasn't feeling well that day, I started drinking my kombucha the same day I'd "bottled" it (that quote above talks about using juices, and she has specific ratios-much more scientific). :) Hope that helps! I love joining your link ups JES! Lots of people click through from your blog! :D

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