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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

I Heart Herbs~Elderberry Syrup

*Please note - The information provided is collected from my various herbal books, classes, and personal research. I am not a doctor. Always, always, always consult your physician or qualified healthcare provider before beginning any new treatment. Do your own research and think for yourself. Don't believe everything you read. Questions are good!

Elderberry

Elderberry Latin Name: Sambucus nigra

Elderberry syrup is excellent to get you through
the winter months.

It helps with colds, flus, coughs, and all things winter sickness.

Benefits of Elderberry
soothes sore throats and coughs

fights the flu and viral infections

decreases mucous production during colds

stimulates the immune system

decreases the length of sickness

improves heart health

lowers cholesterol

improves vision

antioxidant

anti-viral

contains vitamin A, B, & C



How to Make Elderberry Syrup
You need:
1 cup fresh or 1/2 dried elderberries
3 cups of water
1 cup of honey

Place berries in a pot.

Cover with water.

Bring to a boil.

Reduce heat and simmer over low for 30-45 minutes.

Remove from heat.

Smash berries and strain.

Add one cup of honey. (for taste and health)

If you would like a preservative, add 1 tablespoon of brandy.

Bottle and keep refrigerated.

Keeps 3-6 months.




Peace, Inspiration, & Love,
~Amy
The Magick Muse


Amy Riddle is an empowerment coach, crafter of sorts, writer,
herbalist, reverend, and all out muse.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Alternative Medicine with an emphasis on herbs. 
She is a certified professional life coach with the Life Coach Institute of Orange County. 
Amy craves to inspire others to be healthy and whole in body, mind, and spirit. 
She has an affinity for striped socks, stinging nettle, and all things faery.