lderberry, Ginger, Garlic, & other immune boosting herbs can help you and your family stay healthy this winter season. The berries and flowers from the genus Sambucus have been used for hundreds of years. Specifically the Elder berries have been used as flavoring in wines, syrups, and other deserts. Sambucus Nigra, or Black Elderberry, has historically been used in folk medicine and by herbalists to treat bronchitis, cough, upper respiratory cold infections, and fever. I personally use this powerful immune booster as a preventative medicine. My family and I begin taking Elderberry Syrup daily in the beginning of Flu season and remain flu-free. We will also start taking doses if one of us shows signs or symptoms of other sickness, such as a common cold. The Elderberry alone is a wonderful addition to any natural medicine cabinet - but pared with other healing herbs such as ginger and garlic, it can not be beat. With M A M A B E E ' S DIY Potion Kits you get the magic and nostalgia of creating your own potions with the convenience of everything you need shipped straight to you in one box. The kit includes a beautifully designed recipe card, all the herbs needed for the recipe, and a glass amber apothecary jar for the syrup. The only thing you will need that are not included is honey (which has its own beneficial medicinal properties, including the soothing of sore throats), water for extracting medicinal properties of the herbs, and a strainer to extract the plant material from the final liquid.
Elderberries, the dark purple berry from the European Elder tree; Sambucus Ebulus; are magical in and of themselves with the powerful immune-boosting plant spirit they gift us with. Elderberries have a long history of medicinal use and are still widely used today for flu prevention (and similar sicknesses), for boosting the immune system of those with HIV/Aids, for joint, muscle, and nerve pain, and for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Also used purely as a food flavoring, they have the added pleasure of making great-tasting medicinal syrups. Folklore surrounding this amazing plant claims that a powerful Grandmother-esque spirit known as Elder Mother resides in the tree and protects it from being chopped down - and undoubtedly lends her nurturing Grandmother nature in her beneficial and delicious fruit. I think there's also something to be said of the nature of preparation for the plant concerning the spirit of the Elder Mother, because the sticks, leaves, un-cooked, and un-ripe berries can be poisonous if ingested. Although the Elderberries do seem to get all the credit in this recipe, I'd be lying if I said any other herb was my favorite medicinal plant other than Garlic. I talk about, praise, eat, steep, drink, sprinkle, and plant Garlic so much I'm pretty sure I've already turned into a clove. I seriously can not say enough about the incredible affects of Garlic on all things - medicinally, magically, spiritually, etc. The beneficial compounds and medicinal uses of Garlic are extensive so I won't list them all, but relative to this recipe specifically Garlic has the ability to treat cold & cough. It contains phytonutrients that have the ability to reduce oxidative stress and protect against DNA damage, which in turn greatly strengthens the immune system. Garlic is also antibacterial and is a wonderful way to treat all sorts of infections - from ear to stomach. Garlic and Elderberry, combined with other immune-boosting supportive herbs, make this recipe a necessity in my own house. It works fast and well, making it a truly magical potion.