Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Elderberry Tea Recipe

Hello everyone! It's been a while since I've posted or even been online. The reason for my absence was a horrible flu-like virus that knocked the stuffing out of me. There was a few days where I was too sick to even watch tv or read a book. Thankfully I am getting better now, although I'm still not quite recovered.

I'm really not used to getting the flu or even colds. I attribute that mainly to the wonder plant that is Elder. When I was at university, I was sick quite often until I started consuming elderberry tea or syrup. I'm no medical professional, but this stuff really works. I went from almost always having a cold to almost never having one!

I love making my own blend of teas and often use my own herbs from the garden. Below is my favorite elderberry tea recipe. Elderberries can be a little difficult to find, but Mountain Rose Herbs sells some good ones online. I've bought them in health-food stores as well, but be warned that some have a bit of an after taste. You can use either catmint or peppermint for the tea. I like catmint for it's soothing properties, but peppermint is better if you are congested and may be easier to find in stores.


Elderberry Tea
Ingredients:
1 Teaspoon of (dried) Elderberries
1 Teaspoon of Catmint or Peppermint 
1/2 Teaspoon Rosehips
1/2 Teaspoon Elderflowers (optional)

Combine the herbs and brew as you would loose tea. Steep at least 15 minutes for maximum effect. 

4 comments:

  1. Oh goodness, sweet dear, I'm very sorry to hear that you've been so ill. There's something, I swear, about the end of winter/start of spring that unleashes some of, if not "the", harshest viruses of the year.

    Fingers firmly crossed that you'll soon be feeling totally ship shape once more.

    Healing hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Thanks for the kind words. I am thankfully starting to feel back to normal :)

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  2. I love this idea to make tea, im very sorry to hear you were so sick and I am glad you are on the mend
    retro rover

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