Home Remedies for Elder and Elderberries

Elderberry Blossom Tea

Elderberry tea is very effective for cold and sore throats, and the flavor is not bad either.

This is how you make it:

What you will need:

  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoon of dried elderberry blossom.
  • A cup of boiling water.
  • A thin slice of lemon.
  • Sugar for taste.

Instructions:

  • Place the dried elderberry in a teapot.
  • Now add the boiling water.
  • Let it steep for a few minutes.
  • Strain with a cheesecloth.
  • Add the lemon and sugar.
  • Enjoy while it is warm.

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Elderberry Pie Recipe

This is a delicious pie that can be enjoyed together in a Sunday evening or any other day. Apart from the mouth-watering taste, the pie contains a lot of vitamins and minerals that would keep you healthy and at the same time satisfy your taste buds. And it is a good idea to bake with a foil at the bottom.

What you will need:

  • A normal recipe pastry for a double crust, 9 inch pie.
  • 4 cups of elderberries
  • 3 tablespoon of corn-starch
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Mix the cornstarch in a small amount of water and then add the sugar and the berries.
  • Cook it, stirring until you get the thickness you desire. You can add extra cornstarch if you need to thicken it more.
  • Add the lemon juice.
  • Pour the mixture to the bottom layer.
  • Dot it with butter.
  • Now put on the top crust.
  • Bake for around 40 minutes until it becomes brown.

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Elderberry Wine Recipe

Elderberry wine is just as tasty and effective as any other wine (blackberry, plums, etc.) which, in fact, can be prepared using the same recipe.

So here it goes.

What you will need:

  • Around 11lbs of elderberry without stem.
  • 10 quarts of water.
  • 4.5 lbs sugar.
  • Tartaric acid.
  • 1.5 teaspoon of pectic enzyme.
  • 3 teaspoon of yeast nutrient.
  • Wine yeast.

Instructions:

  • Break the berries by crushing them by hand, or pulse in a food processor in batches. Do not squeeze and make them liquid.
  • Pour the crushed berries into a large pot with 10 quarts of water. Add the sugar. Turn off the heat when it is shimmering.
  • Pour the juice in a large bucket and let it cool down to room temperature. Taste the juice for sugar and acid.
  • Add another kilogram of sugar and maybe also some tartaric acid if the acidity and sugar is low. There should be about 1.5 teaspoons of acid in per liter of juice.
  • Add the enzyme, and cool to below 50°F in the fridge or with ice packs. Lay a sheet of plastic wrap on the juice to keep out air.
  • Keep the juice covered and maintain this temperature for up to 3 days. The longer you cold soak, the more flavor you get.
  • On the last day, bring the juice back up to normal temperature.
  • Now add half of the yeast nutrient while the juice warms up.
  • Once it is in room temperature, let your yeast hydrate and add in the juice.
  • Now let it ferment.

The elder plant is not just another plant in your garden, but it is one of the most useful herbs that is available to us. It does not restrict its greatness to just the field of tasty berries, but also has a great impact on the medical field.

Elder has been, for centuries, used as a common cure for an awful lot of disease, illness, cuts and bruises and colds.

The natives in the woods preferred elderberry for their medicine and, though shunned by the introduction of modern medicine at one point, the elderberry, along with other herbs, are regaining popularity and are proving to a gift from mother nature.

It is being extensively researched and the results we had so far are promising that this herb has yet many potentials that will benefit mankind for a very long time.

Why not try our homemade elder herbal cleansing lotion.

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