Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Our First Homeschool How-To Class

A friend of mine and I discussed having a day where we learn how to make herbal remedies, salves and such. We had our first lesson yesterday and it went over really well.
We started out easy and used something that I already knew how to do.
Elderberry Syrup
I printed out some facts about Elderberries and what they are good for... why they would be good for a homemade medicine.
We believe God designed everything we need. Certain herbs are good for certain troubles. Being that we are going into cold/cough/flu scene we thought something that would be good for boosting immune systems and helping with a nasty cough would be the perfect first project.
We started off by using 3 cups of water and 1 cup of berries.
After an hour of cooking, we strained the berries and added 1 1/2 cup honey to the juice.
Simmer the mixture until honey is completely dissolved.
Add 1 tablespoon of brandy or vodka to make it shelf stable, or omit the alcohol and keep in fridge.

Pour into your own container, make a groovy label and your ready to keep the cold and flu season at bay!

Here are some in action pictures...

We are very much looking forward to our next class, stay tuned!

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