Sometimes there is just too much BAD news. I caught myself with tears streaming down my face, more than once this week while watching world news at noon. (I’ve long ago stopped watching evening news!) Yesterday, I burst into tears watching the current UNICEF commercial. I think it’s time for a break. It’s time to pull away from all this bad news and make myself some herbal helpers. Heart’s Ease Syrup is not going to remove the upsetting or heart-wrenching issues of the day but it just may help me to strengthen and find more peace, personally.
Do you watch the news? Is it like a see-saw of wanting to know what’s happening versus self-care? Do you find it more and more difficult at times to enjoy a peaceful day?
I remember years ago, many years ago ~ I stopped my weekly 2 newspapers ‘cover to cover’ habit and pulled the plug on my newscast watching. I was dealing with my father’s lung cancer experience and emotionally raw ~ without adding the horrors of the world around me to take me down. I decided my energy was best spent supporting my mom and dad and finding my way along this scary pathway without all the additional drama. It was an extremely difficult time. I needed to focus all of my available energy on self-care so I could function and support my family and my parents. I didn’t need the news.. it had to go…. for a long while..
We can take charge of our time.. even in small ways.
This is an effective rejuvenating formula to support yourself through grief. It’s simple to make and tastes wonderful. Take 1-2 teaspoons daily to support your immune system and soothe your heart during times of heartache and sadness. Heck.. this is good. We can all use this. Herbal hugs like this one can make an enormous difference in your life. (Kids love this syrup too!)
- Combine herbs with pure water in a pot and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and allow herbs to simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.
- Remove from heat and mash the berries with the back of a wooden spoon.
- Strain the herbs through some cheesecloth and reserve the juice.
- Pour the liquid into a glass measuring cup and add an equal amount of raw honey.
- Pour back into the pot.
- Heat the honey and juice for a few minutes on low heat until well combined
- Note: LOW heat. Do not boil!
- Stir in the tincture (or brandy if using)
- Pour into a sterilized glass bottle or jar.
- Label and keep refrigerated for up to 6 months.
- You can drizzle it over pancakes, sherbet, frozen yogurt, ice cream or just sip it by the spoonful.
This Heart’s Ease syrup won’t make our sadness go away, or make our grief disappear but it can help us to feel stronger and make it all more manageable. The syrup is delicious taken by the spoonful but can also be mixed with a little Seltzer water or Perrier and sipped throughout the day.
I frequently add Bach Remedies to my herbal concoctions and have long believed that these remedies are deep emotional healers.** In this case, I add “Star of Bethlehem” for grief. Just a couple of drops to my small glass of “Heart’s Ease Syrup”.
Bach Original Flower Essences, Star of Bethlehem, 20 ml
This syrup and in fact this herbal tea recipe can help with any kind of loss or grief one may experience.
- Keep the immune system supported
- Support your digestion.
- Get enough rest (and ideally 6+ hours of sleep nightly)
- Find someone to talk to. Learn to listen.
Elderberries (Sambucus nigra) are beloved for recipe making and other herbal creations; they support healthy immune system functioning*. I write about elderberries and elderflower remedies at this time or year. Here’s a post featuring Elder medicine and also my longtime friend Elderberry Syrup as well as another wonderful herbal formula (thanks Rosemary Gladstar) for dealing with fevers here.
Hawthorn Berries (Crataegus monogyna ) are recommended by my friend and mentor/herbalist Rosemary Gladstar. Hawthorn supports healthy cardiovascular functioning, so why not give it a chance? These berries have antioxidants and taste nice too. Here’s a post about Hawthorn for you.
Rosehips (Rosa spp) are the fruits produced by roses. They provide one of the highest concentrations of vitamin C in the plant world, even boasting levels many times higher than citrus fruit. I love the tart flavour. Here’s a post from a while back featuring Rosehips medicine.
I make my own tinctures and grew Skullcap this year successfully (yay!) Here’s a reputable online source for tinctures. Herb Pharm has been creating wonderful medicine for many years on the west coast.
(I make lots of herbal syrups. This one? Inspired by one from Rosemary Gladstar and from Mountain Rose Herbs)
**I often add Bach Flower essences to my herbal medicine. I trained with Bach Centre folks long ago and use the Bach Remedies as much as I use herbal medicine. It’s time to share more about that and I’ll get busy and do just that.. Stay tuned!
May your life be filled with joy. May you find happiness all around you. May the bumps in the road…
… be small and of small number. For times when you need some extra support, may you have trusted friends and family to speak with and lean on.. All of this I wish for you.
I hope that you’ll make this sweet heart healthy syrup to have on hand for moments when support from the green kingdom can truly make a difference in your day. This stuff works.
with Green Blessings, and only good wishes for your health ~ Carol