THE HOLY GRAIL – CERTIFIED ORGANIC ELDERBERRY SYRUP WITH ADAPTOGENIC BOTANICALS
Made by Temptress Apothecary & Plants + Passion
Here’s the scene: In series of trivial taunts, a French guard (played by John Cleese) yells down at King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table: ‘Your mother was a hamster, and your father smelled of elderberries!’ In fact, when I mentioned elderberries to a dear friend, she responded, ‘Oh, they’re a real fruit? I thought they were just from ‘Monty Python.’ Yes, Elderberries are very much real and we love working with these beautiful majestic berries. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
If one can fall in love with a plant, ours would definitely be Elder ie. Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) so named by Native American herbalists who regarded her as a wise ‘elder’ plant, and with such notoriety she spread her roots throughout human culture and history, mythology, music, woodcraft, horticulture, medicines, beverages and cuisine. Folklore says that you should always ask permission before cutting elder wood, and if you don’t, she may take revenge and haunt the project or object in which she was cut down for. Some tales also say that if you burn elder, you will bring the devil into your house; others that if you plant an elder near your door, your house will be will be forever protected. If you think this is all a load of nonsense, Elder simply offers generous amounts of fragrant flowers and rich dark fruits that provide a panacea of big plant medicine, offering relief from influenza, colds, coughs, bronchitis, sore throat, headache, scarlet fever, measles, bruises, inflammation, rheumatisms, and sciatica. What more can one possibly ask from a beloved?
Elder immune support is in fact well researched. For starters Elderberry is full of flavonoids including anthocyanins, quercetin and rutin, which perform some of the most important immunological protective forces against invasive pathogens. You see, in order for an immune challenge to take hold, it must penetrate your cells. Elderberry flavonoids become something like defensive ninjas for our cells, binding with foreign invaders and preventing them from entering. Flavonoids also support a healthy inflammation response, which can offer comfort during immune challenges. Elderberry also activates the body’s non-specific, or innate, immune response. This why Elderberry can take effect in a short period of time when you start to feel under the weather. In addition to providing a short-term immune boost, Elderberry can also be taken at a lower dose (once a day) to build resistance all winter long.
There are so many reasons to love this humble, yet potent remedy. Our Elder syrup offers a generous amount of her rich dark fruits that provide a panacea of big plant medicine, particularly flavonoids and antioxidants. In addition, we add in a host of adaptogen herbs, replenishing roots, and comforting spices: Echinacea, local Honey, Ginger, Liquorice, Rosehip, Hibiscus, Cinnamon, Cloves and Davidson plum, which go a long way to getting you through the cold and flu season, or a kick-arse all-year round tonic.
Designed for all ages, including pregnant and breastfeeding women. This recipe is also exceptionally palatable for even crabby sick people, both big and small. Adults: 1 tbsp three times a day. Children: 1 tsp three times a day.
Ingredients*: Elderberries (Sambucas nigra), Honey, Apple Cider Vinegar, Davidsons Plum, Echinacea, fresh Ginger, Ginger Root, Liquorice Root, Cinnamon, Hibiscus, Rosehip, Cloves.
Other serving suggestions: Can also be used for flavouring fermented beverages and sparkling water, gummy snacks, in tea and smoothies, ice-blocks, and drizzled over desserts.
*Our products are Australian Certified Organic (ACO) No. 13040