• Berry Herbal Brew: A Natural Fertility Secret

    by  • January 31, 2013 • Natural Fertility Series, Natural Remedies, Recipes • 11 Comments

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    This month has been fun learning about a few ins and outs of natural fertility. But it just wouldn’t be complete without a wise momma’s fertility recipe, now would it? 😉

    You all know how much I love Bulk Herb Store and I am always curious to try their herbal blends… this month I got to try a very special blend that was created by Shoshanna’s (owner of BHS) very own momma. Shoshanna and her husband used this special herbal blend while trying to conceive their latest little one… and obviously, it worked! {Shoshanna shares their story in the Making Babies set}

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    Berry Herbal Brew is a unique blend of specially formulated ingredients that meld together during the fermentation process to release their healthful benefits, including antiviral, antimicrobial, and very high antioxidant properties. The antioxidant properties are the key to this blend. Antioxidants prevent cellular damage from occurring while protecting precious eggs and sperm.  Considering the fact that many women are delaying childbearing until later in life, protecting egg cells from the aging process is vital for increased rates of conception and subsequent healthy offspring.

    Here’s a look at all the ingredients that make up this powerhouse of antioxidants:

    Indian Gooseberries: What an important ingredient to this herbal blend. Indian Gooseberries (also known as Amalaki) have been shown to produce a synergistic antioxidant effect when blended with other juices and extracts. These give an antioxidant boost to other ingredients and are high in vitamins C and E.

    Blueberries: Remember the list of fertility foods? Blueberries were listed for their top-rated antioxidant properties, properties that are boosted when joined to the Indian Gooseberries. By raising hemoglobin and oxygen levels in the blood, blueberries are quite an immune builder.

    Bilberries: These nutritious berries are a good source of vitamin E and C, bringing even more antioxidants to the mix (which are boosted by the Indian Gooseberries). Bilberries act both as an anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. You can actually benefit from both the fruit and the leaves of the bilberry plant.

    Image Courtesy of Bulk Herb Store

    Image Courtesy of Bulk Herb Store

    Grapes: The seeds of the grapes are a great source of beneficial compounds that contribute to the antioxidant actions along with concentrated Vitamin E, flavonoids, linoleic acid and tannins. These are found in lower concentrations in the grape skin and juice along with resveratrol, another form of antioxidant. Grape leaves help reduce inflammation and pain.

    Pomegranates: Yet another fruit that is chocked full of antioxidants. Studies have shown pomegranate’s effectiveness in reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, prostate cancer and heart disease. In some cases, the fruit seems to replace the need for prescription estrogen. Additionally, the oil from pomegranate seeds has anti-cancer properties.

    Fig leaves are known for their astringent properties. They are considered a digestive aid and the plant as a whole is considered to have anti-cancer properties.

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    It was super easy to make my Berry Herbal Brew mix. In fact, I think it’s time to make another batch! I used red seeded grapes and organic frozen blueberries in my brew. You could even use a berry mix if you needed to. Here are the basic steps to making this fermented, antioxidant drink:

    1.  Add 1 part of Berry Herbal Brew mix to a glass gallon jar.
    2. Pour 3 parts warm (not hot) water over brew mix. With a clean hand, combine thoroughly.
    3. Cover jar with a cloth and let sit until dried herbs are hydrated (3 to 5 hours).
    4. In a food processor or blender, put 2 parts fresh or thawed concord or red grapes with seeds, 1 part fresh or thawed blueberries, and 1 1/2 parts sugar. Add enough Berry Herbal Brew liquid mixture (about 1 1/2 to 2 parts) to mix the berries and sugar together well and blend for about 1 minute. Put blended mixture to gallon jug, cover with a tight cloth and rubber band over the mouth of the jar to keep fruit flies out.BHB PHOTO
    5. Near the end of the first week, mix Berry Herbal Brew once with clean hands for about 2 minutes. After mixing, cover the jar again. Set jar in cool, dark place for 3 weeks (can be months). You can expect a small amount of mold to form on top, which is a good sign that the fermenting process is taking place. This is not harmful to your brew and can be skimmed and discarded.
    6. LATER…(after 3 weeks or longer)… In a clean glass gallon jug, drape a thin cloth (cheese cloth works great) down in mouth of jar. Slowly pour brew through cloth to strain into clean jar.
    7. When it stops straining, use clean hands to twist the cloth together (keeping herbs inside) to squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Discard the remaining herb mixture. You can then pour the strained liquid into an old wine bottle or whatever you choose.Whatever glass container you use, remember that the Brew will keep fermenting, so you will want to use something like a cork to seal it. This will keep it from exploding in the container you are storing it in or when you open it. If you do decide to use a regular lid, you will want to open it every once in a while to release the pressure.
    8. Keep Berry Herbal Brew in a cool, dark place – a cabinet works great.

    I have been sipping on this brew for the last few days right before bed. I am curious to see what might happen after diligent consumption :) This blend is great for both men and women, especially because everyone can use an extra antioxidant booster.

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    You can get started on your own batch of Berry Herbal Brew by heading over to Bulk Herb Store… They have just about everything you would need including the cheesecloth to strain the herbs out and great Moresca bottles to keep your finished product in!

    About

    Jasmine is a God-fearing, always-learning, stay-at-home-wife to the best husband in the world! In the past couple of years, her new found loves have become herbal fix ‘ems and things “all natural”! She is continually learning to slow down, enjoying the important, simple things in life…like naturally taking care of her home, husband and health. She really enjoys creating things “home-made” and showing others how to do the same! You can also connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.

    http://www.thymeandtimber.com

    11 Responses to Berry Herbal Brew: A Natural Fertility Secret

    1. Char
      February 1, 2013 at 1:51 am

      Sounds like it would taste good with the berries!

    2. Lara W.
      February 5, 2013 at 9:16 pm

      I would like to try the Rise and Shine Tea at the Bulk Herb Store. thank u!

    3. Theresa Hoff
      February 6, 2013 at 10:16 am

      I love their Cinnamon Tea :) I have ordered many items on their site, awesome products all around!

    4. February 6, 2013 at 10:32 am

      I have been interested in trying the berry mix.

    5. Rochelle L. E.
      February 6, 2013 at 10:50 am

      I love their liver cleanse and their pumpkin spice tea!

    6. Sherri
      February 6, 2013 at 10:58 am

      I would like to try the black spice chai tea.

    7. February 6, 2013 at 11:44 am

      Only one item?!! There are too many! Everything…… Since I’m almost out I’d say elderberries.

    8. Sarah D
      February 6, 2013 at 12:22 pm

      I have seen SO many things I love at Bulk Herb Store. I’m currently looking for something for nursing, but I love watching Shoshanna’s YouTube instructional videos. She inspired me to get a nice blender so I can make smoothies and nut milk and all that. It’s great!

    9. A
      February 6, 2013 at 2:54 pm

      I had never noticed this tea on their website before….It looks great!

    10. Ghada
      February 6, 2013 at 7:53 pm

      I never tried any thing from them but would like to try their resolution tea mix!

    11. Jessica Young
      February 6, 2013 at 10:38 pm

      Eden salve! :)

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