Black Elderberry (Sambucus nigra)
You can make herbal medicine with the flowers and fruits of the Black Elderberry bush/shrub. According to Gaia herbs, elderberry, ‘the bush has been referred to as “the medicine tree of the common people“.’ The berries offer antiviral and immune stimulating properties during these winter months plus elderberry syrup tastes divine! My son Soren loves it!!!!
Last night I began preparations for todays Elderberry syrup making. I am following a recipe by Richo Cech of Horizon Herbs. Here are pictures of my own experience making Elderberry syrup.
Simmering the elderberry mix: will simmer for about 1-2 hours until I have just over 1 1/2 cups. Then we will move on to the next step.Here is our final images for the Elderberry syrup making.
Removing Elderberry syrup from pan after reducing to half (it ended up a little more than half reduced)
I hope you enjoy making this wonderful delicious immune supportive syrup this winter! If you need dried elderberries you can order them from Mtn Rose Herbs at: http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/
You can learn more about Elderberry here:
Gaia Herbs About Black Elderberry
For those of you who don’t wish to make Elderberry syrup, I highly recommend purchasing it from Gaia Herbs at: http://www.gaiaherbs.com/products/detail/95/Black-Elderberry-Syrup-
Great picture of the berries http://www.panoramio.com/photo/12531256
Another way to make the syrup with John Gallagher and Learning Herbs at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOYzWyFGkqM