Elderberry & honey, what more do you want!
This year we gathered an astounding 50 pounds of honey from our Urban bee hive in Kemptown and still left 50 pounds of honey in the hive for the bees this winter.
As a traditional western herbalist what better way to use honey, wax and propalis than in medicines, creams and Mead!
Elderberry Rob -This simple recipe will aim to keep you strong and well this season. Elderberry Rob (syrup) is a delicious way of boosting your immune system along side giving you plenty of Vitamin C and antioxidants. Native Americans believed it to aid respiratory ailments as the berries resembled the lungs. Elderberries in traditional western verbalism are considered a blood cleanser and tonic therefore a perfect autumnal medicine don’t you think.
Simmer 3 cups of stripped elderberries in water ( 3 cups of water) for 30 mins. Leave the lid off so water can reduce to half. Let it cool and strain . Add equal amounts of honey to the liquid and stir until disolved. Bottle and store in the fridge. this can be kept for up to a year ! for additions you can add ginger, cloves, cinnamon and herbs to the simmering water- the recipe is endless and all yours to experiment with -enjoy