Our May Plant Allies Box arrives in perfect timing as we stock our self-care shelves with plant-powered wellness.
In this box you'll find New Moon Tea Co's DIY Elderberry Tonic which features an all-star lineup of elderberry, cloves, ginger & cinnamon for a daily dose of antioxidants & immune building nutrients.
Christine Riediger, owner of New Moon Tea Co., is here to share more about the benefits of elderberry, how to make your own syrup and easy recipes you can try as you add this magical tonic into your daily wellness routine.
Elder is one of the most commonly used medicinal plants in the world. Both the flowers and berries from Sambucus nigra, or black elder, are most commonly used to support immunity and respiratory function.
Today, elderberries are brewed into a syrup that contains vitamin B and lots of Vitamin C other important nutrients like vitamin A, potassium, iron, B6, fiber, and beta-carotene.
Our Elderberry Tonic (featured in the May Goddess Provisions Box) makes a delicious syrup to use on a daily basis to boost your immune system, increase your vitamin intake and to help you ward off viruses and colds.
All you need your Elderberry Tonic kit, a stove, pot and container. I like to use a mason jar.
Elderberry Syrup Instructions
- Before opening, shake the bag well to mix ingredients.
- In a pot on the stove, bring two cups of water to a boil.
- Add 1/3 cup of elderberry mixture to the hot water and turn down to a rolling simmer.
- Once reduced down to 1 cup of liquid (~20 mins), strain. The dried berries will absorb the water as it simmers so to get the most out of the berries we suggest you use a fine strainer, cheesecloth or muslin bag to catch the berries and then, once cool squeeze, as much of the remaining juice out as possible.
Notes on usage & dosage:
*Please consult your healthcare provider with any concerns before taking herbs or supplements.
- For Immunity - Adults take ½ - 1 Tablespoon daily. Children under six take ½ - 1 teaspoon daily
- For Cold and Flu - Adults, use one tablespoon of elderberry syrup every 2-3 hours. Children under six, use 1 tsp every 2-3 hours.
Tips for Storage:
Store your syrup in a labeled glass jar in the refrigerator. It keeps for up to 3 weeks (the sugar acts as a natural preservative).
I’ve tried and tested the mocktail recipe below and it is delicious! It might just be my new go to for how I drink my daily syrup.
3-Ingredient Elderberry Soda
Vegan Elderberry Gummies
If, like me, you sometimes have difficulty getting your kids to drink Elderberry Tonic, why not try and make it fun for them. Gummies are a treat, right? Your kids will gobble them up!
- ½ cup elderberry syrup
- ½ cup juice (like pomegranate)
- 3 tsp unrefined sugar
- 2 ¼ tsp Agar
- Add the juice and agar to ½ cup of syrup and stir well.
- Turn on the heat and gently heat to a simmer.
- Add sugar and continue to heat for 5-10 minutes.
- When the mixture takes on a slightly thicker and less grainy appearance, remove from the heat.
- Pour the mixture into the molds.
- Cool slightly on the counter and then transfer to the refrigerator to cool completely.
- After 30 minutes, un mold and place gummies in a storage container.
- Store in the refrigerator.
With deep reverence to Christine and the plant allies she works with, we thank New Moon Tea Co.
Christine Riediger is the creator, blender, artist and dreamer behind all of the teas and products that New Moon Tea Co has to offer.
Inspired by the earth and plants around us and the ancient traditions which were used as prevention, maintenance and restoration, she embarked on a journey to learn the ancient art of herbalism. Through New Moon Tea Co., she invites you to come along on a clean, fair, healthy and hand-crafted tea journey, one cup at a time.