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

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

Peppermint Elderberry Lip Balm Recipe

Peppermint Elderberry Lip Balm

I’m not a lipstick-wearing type of lady. I think it tastes weird and I’m really hesitant about putting something with a giant list of unpronounceable chemicals directly on my lips. I do however, absolutely love this lightly tinted peppermint elderberry lip balm I make using all natural and organic ingredients. The rosy color is provided by a combination of dried elderberries and alkanet root powder, infused in olive or sweet almond oil. I keep a … Continue reading