Elderflowers

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..beside the bee hives the elder tree boughs in bloom.
With its history steeped in folklore legends, Elder remains today one of natures impressive medicine chests .

Elderflowers have been used in herbal medicine for many ailments including hay fever even sniffing the flowers have been known to relieve symptoms. With its drying qualities it can reduce phlegm and therefore has an affinity for the nose, mouth and lungs. But this is not all !!! The flowers taken as a tea can be a sedative, placed on the skin can relieve sunburn and used as a toner can be added to beauty lotions. Along with all of this it is simply delicious and a must to try !

Some recipes for you:
Elder flower water: just place 4 flower heads in COLD water leave for half an hour and drink ! the same water can be used as a facial toner TRY IT ! Cold infusions are remarkable you will see.

Elder flower cordial: 20 heads of elderflower, 1.8kg granulated sugar, or caster sugar, 1.2 litres water, 2 unwaxed lemons, 75g citric acid. —
Add sugar in a pan and bring water to the boil until sugar is dissolved.

Place elderflowers in a large bowl add the zest of the lemons and skins of lemons in slices.

Pour the boiling syrup over flowers and lemons and add in the citric acid.

Leave and cover for 24 hours. Strain and bottle. Makes 1.5 litres

Elderflower champagne: 6 heads of elderflowers, 1 and a half pounds of sugar, 2tbs of white wine vinegar, 1 gallon of cold water and 2 lemons.

Put the elderflowers, sugar, and vinegar and lemons in a bowl, cut the lemon skins in quarters and add.
Leave for 24-48 hours, strain and bottle it will be ready in a week , leave it longer will be stronger !!!

Sara Jane

Categories News | Tags: | Posted on June 12, 2010

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