Beyond Elderberry! Legend & Lore of the Elder Shrubbery

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Ah, elegant Elder, the shrubbery with so much to give. Elderberry syrup is certainly a hot topic these days and rightfully so! Not only is this stuff is a powerhouse when it comes to boosting your immune system and fighting off viruses, it’s delicious too. I mean, with cold and flu season plus a global pandemic, it’s refreshing to have a medicine even the kids are happy to take.

But Elder is so much more than just berries for syrup. Even outside its clinical, medicinal properties, there is an abundance of history and lore surrounding the plant. It’s been presumed a conduit to the realms of fairies and the underworld; and these legends span across multiple cultures. Maybe that’s because this plant is exceptionally useful and it is EVERYWHERE. North America, Europe, Western Asia, Africa, New Zealand, Australia, and many pacific islands. It’s almost as if mother nature is begging us to use this plant!

Elder is a veritable “medicine Cabinet” ready for immediate use. From its roots to the stems, leaves, flowers, barks, and berries, there was always a way you could get medicinal benefits from Elder. It’s a shrubbery I love to see winter, spring, summer, and fall. It makes great medicine no matter the time of the year.

Excited to make your own? Click here to get a free download of my favorite Elderberry Syrup Recipe. It’s easier than ever to start making medicine at home with the help of Mountain Mel’s DIY Elderberry Syrup Kit. For even more punch, pick up the Lung Lovin'! Immune Boostin'! Bundle which includes the Syrup Kit plus Mountain Mel’s Immuni-tea & Respiratory Rescue herbal teas. Add these teas to your syrup to give it a boost or drink on their own (to give yourself a boost).

And please click on over and join our new Herbalist's Path Facebook Group where we can share ideas, information, and our creations. Let’s inspire a movement where there’s an herbalist in every home...again! Together we can make herbalism #spreadlikewildflowers

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