Hey there,

creative gal!

You’ve landed on a post I wrote a few years ago -
back when I was known as The Dabblist and was exploring all sorts of ways I could create beautiful things with my hands. It was a powerful time for me — awakening my creativity after suppressing it for so long — but this space has since evolved to reflect the woman I’m becoming.

I have a new ingredient obsession, and it's the elderberry.

Elderberries have a long history in European medicine as a remedy for flu and cold symptoms. They contain high levels of antioxidants, Vitamins A, B, and C, potassium, and calcium. When combined with other healing herbs and raw honey, elderberry syrup is formed. You can take it to ward off cold and flu symptoms during those icky months, or use it in foods (drizzling it over yogurt or ice cream) to enjoy its flavor and immune boosting properties.

I love making this syrup. It's so much cheaper than the over the counter versions, and tastes like pie. Seriously, whenever I cook it up, Tim thinks I'm making a berry pie. And I just love that. Food is medicine.

Homemade Elderberry Syrup 

Combine the elderberries, water, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger in a saucepan. Do not add the honey! Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer until it is reduced by half and has a syrupy texture (about 30-45 mins).

Strain berry mixture, being sure to smash the berries down to release all the juice. Compost the berries.

Let the strained liquid cool to room temperature, and then stir in the honey. Now you've made your syrup! Store the syrup in the fridge, and it will last up to 2 months.

Take 2-3 times a week to boost your immunity. Adult dosage is 1 tbsp, and child dosage is 1 tsp. If experiencing flu symptoms, take a normal dose every 2-3 hours.

 

 

 

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