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How to Make Elderberry Syrup Posted on 11 Dec 18:30 , 1 comment

We make quite a few organic herbal remedies here including tinctures, salves and herbal syrups.  Today we made more Organic Elderberry Syrup using organic dry elderberry.  *One of the benefits of making syrup is that it's ready to consume in a few minutes to an hour compared to making tincture which can take 3 to 8 weeks to "brew."
ELDERBERRY


First, let's talk about Elderberry.  From Dr. Axe,

"Health benefits of the elder plant include naturally improving colds, the flu, sinus issues, nerve pain, inflammation, chronic fatigue, allergies, constipation and even cancer. (2) When used within the first 48 hours of onset of symptoms, the extract has actually been found to reduce the duration of the flu with symptoms being relieved on an average of four days earlier. (3) During the 1995 Panama flu epidemic, the government actually employed the use of the elderberry to fight the flu.

It gets better. When it comes antioxidant power, elderberry is higher in flavonoids than blueberries, cranberries, goji berries and blackberries. (4) I’m sure you’re getting the picture that this medicinal berry is a real powerhouse for good health. Let’s examine exactly why."

Dr. Axe lists the many benefits of Elderberry including

1. Major Cold and Flu relief

2. Sinus Infection Aid

3. Lower Blood Sugar

4.Natural Diuretic

5. Natural Laxative

6. Encourage Healthy Skin

7. Ease Allergies

8. May Prevent Cancer


Elderberry syrup can be used to flavor other homemade concoctions, as an herbal tonic or even drizzled over toast or yogurt. 


Make Your Own Organic Elderberry Syrup for Flu Prevention

Ingredients:

2/3 cup organic dry black elderberry (about 3 ounces)

3 1/2 cups filtered water

1-3 tablespoons fresh or dried organic ginger
1 teaspoon organic cinnamon powder

1 teaspoon cloves or clove powder

**If you have whole cloves, use 2 cloves**

1 cup of raw honey


Instructions

Pour water into medium saucepan and add elderberries, ginger, cinnamon and cloves (do not add honey!)

Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour until the liquid has reduced by almost half. At that point, remove from heat and let cool enough to be handled.  Mash the berries carefully using a spoon or other flat utensil. Pour through a strainer into a glass jar or bowl.

Discard the elderberries (or compost them!) and let the liquid cool to lukewarm. When it is no longer hot, add 1 cup of honey and stir well.

When honey is well mixed into the elderberry mixture, pour the syrup into a pint sized mason jar or 16 ounce glass bottle of some kind.

That's it! You just made homemade elderberry syrup! Store in the fridge and take daily for its immune boosting properties. 

Standard dose is ½ tsp to 1 tsp for kids and ½ Tbsp to 1 Tbsp for adults. If the flu does strike, take the normal dose every 2-3 hours instead of once a day until symptoms disappear.

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BACKYARD GARDEN STARTER KITS & SEEDS Posted on 09 Dec 07:58 , 0 comments

We offer so many amazing Seed Combo Packs and Starter Kits at Mary's Heirloom Seeds.

However, we recently asked on our fb page what our customers would like to see in a combo pack.  Several stated that smaller combo packs and starter kits would be appreciated... So we added MORE!

Check out these NEW Kits!!!

BEGINNER STARTER PACK #2
For those of you just getting started and looking for guidance, we have created a special "kit" just for you.  This starter pack includes PRINTED instructions from some of our more popular articles and tutorials as well as seeds, germination supplies, organic pest control and organic soil amendments
Includes SEEDS from Mary's Garden Pack,
Companion Seeds: Borage, Nasturtium, Marigold Basil
Choose from 50 or 100 coconut coir pellets
10 plant markers
2 ounces Organic Neem Oil
1 pound Mary's Organic Plant Food
1 pound Azomite

2 GARDEN TOOLS:
CULTIVATOR IS 9" LONG --- SPADE IS 10" LONG
WOOD HANDLES & A HANDY LEATHER LOOP TO HANG ON PEGBOARD HOOK


EASY STARTER KIT
Looking to start a garden but not sure where to start?  Looking for a fun gift idea for just about any age?
You choose the seed combination using the drop down menu.
Each stater kit includes:
-SEEDS
-12 Coconut Coir Pellets
-Plant Markers
-Basic planting instructions with detailed instructions available on our GROWING TIPS & VIDEOS page
SEEDS OPTIONS:
1. Mortgage Lifter Tomato, Large Leaf Basil & Black Beauty Zucchini
2. Cal Wonder Bell Pepper, Large Leaf Basil & Tom Thumb Lettuce
3. Black Beauty Eggplant, Pink Icicle Tomato & Large Leaf Basil


BERRY COMBO PACK
 3 pack of Berry varieties for your backyard garden or homestead.  Individually packaged seeds.

One packet of each:
Indian Strawberry (100), Mountain Cranberry (50) and Blueberry (20)



PIZZA GARDEN COMBO

Make wonderful homemade Pizza fresh from the garden!
 One packet of each.  Includes:
   -Thessaloniki Tomato
   -Cal Wonder Bell Pepper
   -Oregano
   -Basil

Option 1: Seeds only
Option 2: Starter Kit
Starter kit Includes 16 starter pellets, plant markers and 2 garden tools
CULTIVATOR IS 9" LONG --- SPADE IS 10" LONG
WOOD HANDLES & A HANDY LEATHER LOOP TO HANG ON PEGBOARD HOOK


Not new but should be mentioned are the original starter kits

BUTTERFLY GARDEN STARTER KIT

HERB GARDEN STARTER KIT

SALAD GARDEN STARTER KIT
Each kit includes
-SeedS
-20 coconut Coir Pellets
-Plant Markers
-Sowing and Growing Tips included


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