Herb of the Month

Elderberry

Sambucus nigra

The elder berry has an extensive history of use and folklore in traditional western practices. For centuries, elderberries have been used to make preserves, wines, cordials, herbal infusions, and elderberry syrup. Its flowers and berries have a long history of use in traditional European medicine. Elderberries have also been used for making preserves, wines, winter cordials, and for adding flavor and color to other wines. Most commonly, the flowers or berries of elder are employed for their healthful benefits.

Immune Health
Antioxidants
Anti-Inflammatory
Constipation
Fevers
Cold/Flu Symptoms

A simple, easy recipe to enjoy this fall favorite is Elderberry Syrup. There are many different variations to this recipe, so go with your intuition when adding other herbs to your unique recipe. 

6 cups of fresh berries or 3 cups of dried berries
6 Cups of water
2 ½ cups of water

If you’re using fresh berries, discard stems. Add the berries and the water to a pot and simmer over medium to low heat until the water is reduced by half. Strain out berries. It is a good idea to squeeze out the berries to get all the goodness out of them, and discard into your compost or flower bed. Add honey while the syrup is hot and stir really well. Pour into a glass jar and seal. Once it is cool, refrigerate it for up to 6 months.

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