elderberries, cinnamon, and ginger

Scientific name: Sambucus
Family: Adoxaceae

  • Cooling and drying

Flower and berries help with:

  • Nervine
  • Diuretic (lowers blood pressure)
  • Immune enhancing
  • Antiviral
  • Diaphoretic (induce sweating)
  • Skin supportive
  • Improves vision
  • Shorten duration of sickness
  • Nutritious (potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C)

Elderflower Tea

2 cups boiling water
1/4 cup dried Elderflower
1 tablespoon dried Yarrow (leaf and flower)
1 tablespoon dried Peppermint or Spearmint
1 tablespoon Stevia leaves
1 tablespoon dried Rose hips

Cover for 15 minutes before sipping.

If a cold or flu hits, start drinking immediately to support the fever stages.

Elderberry Syrup

2/3 Cup Elderberries

3 1/2 Cups water
2 tablespoons fresh or dried ginger
2 tablespoons Cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup honey
(Optional) a pinch of rose hips

Pour water into a medium sized pot and add Elderberries, Ginger, Cinnamon, and Cloves (don't add the honey yet). Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to create just a simmer for about an hour... liquid will reduce by almost half. Remove from heat. Let it cool down enough to be handled. Pour through cheesecloth into a sterilized glass jar. Once slightly cooled, stir in the honey. Store in the fridge and take to boost your immune system - 1 teaspoon for kids and 1 tablespoon for adults. NOT FOR BABIES. Up your intake when sick!

elderberry syrup in a jar surrounded by elderberries

Elderberry syrup

rosehips on display


Heads up:
The bark, roots, leaves, and (in some individuals) the uncooked berries can cause vomiting.