We see Elderberry all over the internet especially during cold and flu season. So what is elderberry exactly? Scientists know it by the name of Sambucus Canadensis. This shrub consists of beautiful, delicate cream-colored flowers arranged in a cluster. The dark blackberry-like fruit hangs from shrub and both the flower and berry are edible. The flowers bloom in spring, producing small black, dark blue, or red berries. The leaves are pinnate and have serrated margins. The native shrub grows in North and South America, Australia, Europe, Northern Africa, and Tasmania. Did you know that the berries are known as “The medicine chest of the country people” and here is why?
Health in Elder
Elder takes care of you when you are feeling under the weather. It is berries enhance your immune system and help it in fighting viruses. These berries are rich in vitamin C, iron, and anthocyanin. Being rich in antioxidants, it is beneficial against inflammation.
An Elder Tonic
I prepare my Elderberries with Rosehips to make this delicious syrup. Unlike cough medicines, which suppress your immune system, Elderberries are an immune system tonic!
Rosehips are a rich source of beta carotene, flavonoids, lycopene, calcium, iron, magnesium, and vitamin C. It has been proven beneficial in boosting immunity.
I also add warming spices to enhance such as Ginger, cinnamon and clove as well as citrus to enhance the healing benefits and for an overall balanced flavor. Instead of sugar, which is common in products on the shelves, I use raw, local honey.
Because it contains honey, it is not suitable for children under 2 years old due to choking hazard.
Use it as a tonic to keep your body healthy. If your feeling like your catching a bug, this can also help support your immune system to fight it.
I make it in small batches to order, so if you would like your own jar, contact me and I can add you to the waiting list for the next batch. 😊
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