Elderberry Vinegar Honey Caramels Recipe {+video}

Elderberries and apple cider vinegar combine with honey, butter, and vanilla to make these delicious antiviral elderberry vinegar honey caramels. We’ve made elderberry syrup and elderberry tincture, now it’s time for elderberry vinegar! I’ll also show you how to turn that vinegar into a delicious honey caramel treat with an antiviral boost.   Step 1: Make the Elderberry Vinegar Fill a jar about 1/2 way with fresh elderberries, or 1/4 with dried. Add herbs if you’d … Continue reading

Elderberry Tincture {with herbs}

Bottles of Elderberry Tincture with Basket of Fresh Elderberries

Elderberries (Sambucus nigra) are a fantastic home remedy for colds and flu and are backed by both science and traditional use. They’re often turned into a sweet and tasty syrup, like my homemade elderberry syrup made with honey, but can also be preserved and dosed in other ways, including this elderberry tincture. I chose to add a handful of herbs to my elderberry tincture to give it an added antiviral boost, but they’re completely optional. Antiviral … Continue reading

Elderflower & Rosehip Salve

Elderflower & Rosehip Salve Recipe

This salve features elder flowers, which are an old-fashioned remedy for softer, more evenly toned skin. Elder flowers are also traditionally used to heal scrapes, scratches and wounds, and as a treatment for dry skin. I like to include rosehip seed oil in this salve, for its well known effectiveness against scarring, wrinkles and signs of aging. The rosehip seed oil is optional though; if you don’t have any or don’t want to include it, just use more … Continue reading

How to Harvest and Dry Flowers & Herbs From Your Garden

Drying Flowers

Learn how to easily harvest & dry flowers and herbs from the garden. Also included is a list of common flowers and herbs along with ideas for using them! I often get questions about how to best harvest and dry flowers and herbs from the garden, so today I thought I’d write up a little article detailing how I do it. It might not be the fanciest system out there, but it’s worked for me for … Continue reading

Chamomile & Elder Sensitive Skin Lotion Recipe

Gentle Chamomile & Elder Lotion Recipe for Sensitive Skin

This gentle unscented lotion is perfect for those with sensitive skin. I chose avocado oil and avocado butter for this recipe because of how useful they can be for smoothing rough skin. Avocado oil contains essential fatty acids and vitamins A and E, has been studied in a cream for psoriasis (source) and is also a great choice for those with tree nut allergies. If you don’t have the oil and/or butter on hand, or prefer something different, you can … Continue reading

Homemade Elderberry Syrup

How to Make Homemade Elderberry Syrup for Cold & Flu Season

Over the past week or two, I’ve been harvesting from my elder bushes, making: Elderberry Syrup, excellent for treating colds and flu, Elder Leaf Salve, for bruises, muscle strains and old injuries (recipe HERE), Elderberry Tincture, more concentrated than syrup, plus sugar/honey-free (recipe HERE) Elderberry Syrup is the best thing ever and I couldn’t imagine facing cold/flu season without it! There are quite a few studies on its effectiveness against influenza, like THIS ONE (“Patients received 15 ml of elderberry … Continue reading