Making Elderberry Syrup

Making elderberry syrup is simple.

Making Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry syrup is often compared to Tamiflu. I discovered it last year when I caught a coughing virus that lasted three weeks. I was looking for something more natural to take. Cough syrup is not all that desired in the taste department. I’m not a doctor or herbalists but I love this stuff. Every time I make a batch I end up sharing some with my family and friends. It is something that everyone should try. So far almost everyone loves it. However, I have had a couple of people, not like it. So I recommend buying a bottle and trying it first before investing the money in buying everything that is needed to create your own syrup.

Jars and honey is ready

Elderberry syrup is expensive to buy. It is much cheaper and easy to make yourself. It is around ten dollars for 4 ounces buying it at a store. And it comes out to be less than five dollars for a pint of it when making your own. I bought mine pre-made the first time I used it. But quickly learned how good it is and wanted to learn to make my own.  I believe it is worth the effort to make it yourself. Especially if you have family and friends. Because once they discover how great it works. You will be sharing the elderberry syrup with them every time you make a batch. 

Adding cinnamon, ginger and clove

Elderberry syrup has a sweet honey taste. One of its main ingredients is honey. It can be taken once a day as a preventative. Or 3-4 times a day when sick. Adults can use a tablespoon serving. And children use teaspoon servings. When using it as a preventative make sure and take the weekends off. Because you don’t want to develop a tolerance. I personally only use the daily doses when around kids and during the flu season.

Cheese cloth for straining

Elderberries can never be eaten raw. They are extremely dangerous without cooking them first. Once you learn how to prepare the berries for consumption, the rest is pretty easy. Elderberry has a long history of culinary and medicinal uses.

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Cup full of elderberries

Juniper Berry Tea

I grow a lot of herbs in the back yard. My favorite thing to do with the herbs that I grow is to make tea! There are so many health benefits involved with simply having a glass of tea. The plus side of this healthy liquid is simple. Tea is pretty delicious. I just love the idea that I am drinking the juices of a plant. I read somewhere that juniper tea was really good and had a lot of health benefits. So I wanted to give it a try. But I don’t grow that in my back yard. And finding organic juniper berry tea in the local store was a bit difficult. But lucky for me I already knew an amazing place to purchase organic teas. 

Buddha Teas is a place I trust. I mean it is not walking in the back yard and harvesting your own fresh pot of tea. But when you don’t grow it and want to enjoy it. Buddha is the way to go. They offer the convenience of purchasing tea at your fingertips. So I ordered a box of Organic Juniper Berry Tea. And I had a cup. It was tasty. And it was full of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. My body was very grateful for that cup of liquid love. The more I research about this wonderful herb the more greatness is revealed to me. So thank you to whoever peeked my interest in Organic Juniper Berry Tea. I love it!

Did you know that juniper berry is the main flavoring agent in gin? If you enjoy gin maybe it time to thank a juniper tree for being alive. I am certainly grateful they are alive! 





To learn more about Juniper click on the link!

Mother of Thousands Succulent

This succulent can resist drought, but she will perform better when regularly watered. She does need good drainage and is best potted in a commercial cactus soil mix. The succulent needs sunlight but avoid growing in the full sun. Propagators will love this plant but it can get out of control if not tended to on a regular basis. Mother of Thousands forms tiny plants on the edges of its leaves that drop off and root new little plants.  more

Mother of Thousands succulent
Mother of Thousands

New Surreal Gardening web

Welcome to our updated design, have a look around and please be patient while we learn the new system. We will be posting all plant related stuff, depending on what we are doing. Sometimes its herbs and oils, but it might be tea or succulents. We are just gardeners who love growing plants of all kinds.   Surreal Gardening