How to Make Elderberry Syrup for Immune Health

Each year as winter approaches, I reliably find my patients asking me about the best herbal remedies to use during the cold weather months. One of the most common questions I encounter is, “What nutritional preparations can I use to help keep my family strong and healthy throughout the sniffle season?”. There's a wide array … Continue reading How to Make Elderberry Syrup for Immune Health

Beloved Elder – Ally for Healing from the Flu and Much More

My first plant ally was the elder tree or, as I like to call her, my beloved elder. It was one month before I formally became a herbal-medicine apprentice, so this was before I knew that a plant ally is a plant or tree that you choose (and are chosen by) for a lifelong relationship. As your … Continue reading Beloved Elder – Ally for Healing from the Flu and Much More

Elderberry Syrup Cockaigne Recipe

The name of this recipe is a homage to one of my go-to cookbooks, The Joy of Cooking, where the extra-special recipes have the moniker “Cockaigne” added. The word comes from a middle-English fable meaning “luxurious and idle paradise;” or abundance! Feel free to add other delicious herbs to the recipe such as organic Vanilla Beans, Hibiscus, Allspice, Star Anise, and more! … Continue reading Elderberry Syrup Cockaigne Recipe

Ginger Cinnamon Elderberry Syrup ~ Immune System Support

The elder tree is known to many herbalists as a sacred tree. While we’re sure it has its own stories to tell, there’s already an abundance of recorded folklore. In Scandinavian and Danish myths, this tree was thought to be guarded by a forest spirit named Hyldemoer, also known as Elder Mother. Before anything was … Continue reading Ginger Cinnamon Elderberry Syrup ~ Immune System Support

Herbs To Have In Your Medicine Cabinet This Fall

It’s the time of year, where more often than not we are turning to our medicine cupboard to support our bodies and our families. An abundance of tea herbs, honey, and lemon, fresh herbs like ginger, turmeric, cayenne, and garlic are all great to have on hand throughout the winter. A few herbal tinctures also … Continue reading Herbs To Have In Your Medicine Cabinet This Fall

Medicinal Trees: Elder

Elder {Sambucus nigra} Also, Known As: Bourtree Elder Elder-berry Elder-flower European Elder Pipe Tree The plant called the elder is used to describe a bushy shrub like plant that can reach a few feet in height as shrub-like forms normally do or it may be referring to a tree reaching up to fifty feet in … Continue reading Medicinal Trees: Elder

DIY Ginger Cinnamon Elderberry Syrup

The elder tree is known to many herbalists as a sacred tree. While we’re sure it has its own stories to tell, there’s already an abundance of recorded folklore. In Scandinavian and Danish myths, this tree was thought to be guarded by a forest spirit named Hyldemoer, also known as Elder Mother. Before anything was … Continue reading DIY Ginger Cinnamon Elderberry Syrup