How to Make Elderberry Syrup

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How to Make Homemade Elderberry Syrup - Natural Flu and Cold Home Remedy

Black elderberries have been used for hundreds of years for their medicinal value in treating colds, the flu, allergies and to boost overall respiratory health. Found along rivers, forests and even roadsides, this common botanical yields ripe berries that are rich in antioxidants, potassium, beta carotene, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin C. Elderberry syrup is a simple and tasty way to ingest the nutrients offered by elderberries. It’s believed that taken daily, it can help to prevent flu and colds as well as aid in the recovery of an existing illness such as the flu, colds, excessive mucus and even a sore throat.

For my homemade elderberry syrup I purchased a little DIY Elderberry Syrup Kit from Jes of Good 4 You Herbals. (Be sure to check out Jes’ DIY for making your own custom herbal tea blends.) However, you can also find all the ingredients you need for this elderberry syrup recipe at Mountain Rose Herbs. Spice this recipe up by also adding cinnamon sticks, organic cloves and organic ginger root.

Don’t have time to make your own? You can also buy Elderberry Syrup. Keep reading to learn how to make elderberry syrup for your family.

Homemade Elderberry Syrup Recipe


1 1/2 oz. organic elderberries
1 1/2 cups filtered water
1/2 cup raw honey


amber or cobalt blue glass bottles with droppers
digital kitchen scale
large pyrex measuring cup
large cotton muslin bag
small funnel
small sauce pan


Start by weighing out the elder berries, then place in a large cotton muslin bag (optional.) Pour your filtered  tap water into a small saucepan on the stove, turn the heat on high and add the bag of elderberries.

How to Make Natural Homemade Elderberry Syrup - Natural Flu and Cold Home Remedy

Bring the water to a boil.

Homemade Elderberry Syrup Recipe - How to Make a Natural Elderberry Syrup Home Remedy for Flu and Colds

Then reduce heat and allow to simmer for twenty minutes or until the water is reduced to half.

Homemade Elderberry Syrup Recipe - How to Make a Natural Elderberry Syrup Home Remedy for Flu and Colds

Now remove the elderberries from the water and press firmly to squeeze out all of the remaining juice from the berries. If you did not use a mesh bag, strain the berries from the water.

Combine the water with the raw honey – I bought local clover honey from my Farmer’s Market – in the glass pyrex measuring cup and stir to combine thoroughly. (Keep in mind raw honey is not recommended to children under two years of age.)

Natural Flu and Cold Home Remedy - DIY Elderberry Syrup Recipe

Finally, using a funnel, slowly fill your amber glass bottles. Don’t fill them too full or the syrup will spill out of the edges when you place the lids with the droppers on them. Label as desired.

Store in the fridge for 2-3 months

You can store your elderberry syrup in the fridge where it will keep for 2-3 months. To use, take one Tablespoon daily to help prevent illness. If you have an existing cold or flu, take one teaspoon every 2-3 hours while ill.

Want to teach your children about the benefits of natural herbs and botanicals? Check out the book, A Kids Herb Book, by Lesley Tierra! It’s packed with beautiful illustrations, charming herb facts, coloring pages, herb checklists, funny stories, herbal bedtime stories, a “how to make” section, herbal mythology written for kids, as well as a plethora of engaging herbal information for the young ones.

What are some of your favorite home remedies?


Natural Allergy Relief from Stinging Nettles

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Stinging Nettle Leaf Can Help with Allergies and Also Aid In Treating Other Illnesses and Conditions - Natural Herbal Home Remedy for AllergiesAllergy season seems to be especially bad this spring with more and more people suffering from allergies even while on allergy medications that are supposed to block symptoms and offer relief. So I decided to do a little bit of research to find alternative methods that are said to offer relief from seasonal allergies. One particularly interesting home remedy that I discovered and plan to try is stinging nettles. Nettle leaves can be steamed and eaten in salads and pastas or used in teas. Folklore has long praised their healing powers. Due to the natural composition of nettle, drinking stinging nettle tea can actually relieve allergic reactions to common pollen as well as relieve hives caused by allergic reactions to plants. Stinging nettles tea is often used to treat respiratory and urinary problems as well as aid in the recovery of conditions such as eczema, asthma, sinusitis and rhinitis and can help to diminish susceptibility to the common cold.

To create a tea comprised of stinging nettle leaves, prepare as you would any other herbal or loose leaf tea and pour 6-8 oz. of boiling water over one Tablespoon of dried organic nettle leaves. Allow to steep 10-15 minutes, sweeten if desired and enjoy. To create an infusion, boil one quart of water and pour over 1oz. of dried nettle leaves allowing to steep four hours to overnight, then strain and consume. Alternately, you can also purchase a natural nettle extract made with a 2:1 ratio from fresh nettle leaves. Or you can buy nettle leaf capsules if you dislike the taste of stinging nettle.

Even more interesting than helping to reduce nasal allergies, is the assumption that nettles can also help to naturally prevent osteoporosis. It’s believed that the silicone naturally present in stinging nettle helps to increase bone density. Crafting a hand blended tea using equal parts horsetail, oat straw, alfalfa and stinging nettle and drinking a cup everyday can offer preventative care. Simply steep one Tablespoon of blended herbs in 6-8 oz. of boiling water for 10 – 15 minutes, strain, sweeten if desired – I love the natural sweetness of the stevia plant – and drink.

Overall however, nettle leaves are rich in nutrients our bodies need and contain many essential minerals including iron, calcium, potassium and magnesium. Nettle is approved by the German Commission E for internal and external use in the support of inflammation. It is prized for it’s diuretic properties and it’s support of the lower urinary tract and can help to prevent and treat urinary tract infections. However, as with any herb, you should avoid stinging nettles if pregnant. As stinging nettle does act as a diuretic and can lower blood pressure, you should consult a doctor before using stinging nettle if you are taking diuretics or other drugs meant to lower blood pressure.

Also be sure to try my natural home remedy for nasal congestion by crafting your own natural Breathe Easier Salve.

What are some of your favorite natural home remedies for allergies and nasal congestion that you find really do work?

Simple DIY Breathe Easier Salve Recipe for Sinus Congestion with Printable Labels

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How to Make a Simple Salve for Sinus Congestion - DIY Homemade Breathe Easy Salve Recipe and Printable Labels

Have sinus congestion from the common cold or nasal allergies? Then try out this simple diy recipe for creating your own homemade salve to help you breathe easier. It’s made with a combination of 100% pure Peppermint, Rosemary, Lemon and Eucalyptus essential oils that come pre-mixed for you ready to use! Simply apply the finished salve under your nose to help clear nasal passages.

Homemade Cold and Chest Congestion Recipes - A Simple DIY Breathe Easy Salve Recipe

Homemade Breathe Easy Salve Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen


1 oz. Beeswax Pastilles
2 oz. Sweet Almond Oil
.15 oz. Eden’s Garden Breathe Easy Synergy Blend Essential Oil


Using a digital kitchen scale weigh out the beeswax pastilles in a glass measuring cup. Melt beeswax in the microwave. Once thoroughly melted, carefully remove from the microwave using a pot holder and place back on the scale. Measure out the sweet almond oil and mix well. Finally stir in the the essential oil blend.

Now slowly pour the salve into containers of your choice. This recipe will yield approximately ten 1/3 oz. lip balm pots. (As with any product, do not use if you are sensitive or allergic to any of the ingredients and discontinue use immediately if irritation occurs.)

How to Make a Simple Salve for Sinus Congestion - DIY Homemade Breathe Easy Salve Recipe and Printable Labels

Since listing ingredients on smaller containers is difficult, I opted to package my salve inside 3″ x 4″ Clear Zipper Poly Bags which are much easier to label. I then hand drew my own labels to add a special handmade touch, printed them onto sticker paper and then affixed them to the bags and tucked the salve inside each one.

How to Make a Simple Salve for Sinus Congestion - DIY Homemade Breathe Easy Salve Recipe and Printable Labels

You can print your own labels for this project by downloading my printable PDF label sheet and the salve recipe here. My printable labels are free of any branding so it makes them perfect for gifting to someone you know who may be sick or suffering from allergies. Include them in Christmas stockings or gift in a “get well” basket!


Natural Bath and Beauty Recipes for Your Lazy Sunday

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It’s spring, and while I’m not spring cleaning today, I did manage to clean out my drawers and closets yesterday. Now I have two bags full of clothing for The Rescue Mission. Of course today’s weather – hello, snow?! – doesn’t really have me in a spring cleaning sort of mood. Though I did find a diy floor wood polish recipe that I’m hoping to try out here before long. Because of the snow, today feels like more of a stay in and craft day, so I’m planning on working on a salve recipe. But first I wanted to share a few fun diy bath & beauty recipes I’ve come across lately.

DIY Homemade Easter Egg Bath Bomb Recipe and Other Fun DIY Bath and Beauty Projects

Next Sunday is Easter so I thought it only fitting to share these DIY Easter Egg Bath Bombs from Henry Happened. Not only are they fun to make but the kids will have a blast watching them fizz in the tub.

DIY Homemade Lemon Poppy Seed Kitchen Soap Recipe and Other Fun DIY Bath and Beauty Projects

If you find you’re spending more time in the kitchen lately than you really would like to, at least make your work a little brighter. These DIY Homemade Lemon Poppy Seed Kitchen Soaps will make washing your hands a joy. They are simply crafted with a melt and pour goat milk soap base, poppy seeds, lemon verbena fragrance oil, and color in a massage bar shaped soap mold. Personally, I’d substitute the fragrance oil for lemongrass essential oil since it’s not only natural but also smells equally amazing. And since lemongrass essential oil will naturally tint your soaps yellow, there’s no need to add additional color. You can find the tutorial over at Rustic Essentials.

DIY Homemade Warming Chest Rub Recipe and Other Natural Cold Care Recipes

As this past winter seems to have been hard on almost everyone health wise – so many people I know got upper respiratory infections and the flu sometimes two and three times around – and I hear that allergy season is priming up to be especially brutal this year, you may want to keep this recipe for a DIY Warming Chest Rub on hand. This homemade chest rub recipe comes from The Dabblist, a really excellent blog I only just discovered today. Some of the other great diy recipes from this blog you may want to try include a Natural Fire Cider Recipe for colds and congestion, Natural Homemade Peppermint Mouth Wash, Herbal Tired Eye Soother, and After Shower Spritzing Oil. There’s also a recipe for Homemade Cough Syrup which includes marshmallow root powder. I bought some of this last year when I had an especially bad cough and mixed into tea and really does work.

How to Make Herbal Oil Infusions and Other DIY Bath and Body Skin Care Recipes and Tutorials

Whispering Earth has a really excellent Tutorial on How to Make Herbal Infused Oils. The information is very thorough and there are also recipes for making a Comfrey Salve and a Simple St. John’s Wort Lip Balm for Cold Sores.

DIY Homemade Natural Sleep Salve Recipe crafted with natural lavender, tangerine, sandalwood and rosewood essential oils plus other natural diy bath and beauty recipes

If you’re looking for a more restful sleep, then try out this DIY Homemade Sleep Salve Recipe over at Design Sponge. It contains lavender, tangerine, sandalwood, and rosewood essential oils to help you relax your way into dreamland.

And, just in case your weather is on the warmer side of things – I actually got sunburned over St. Patrick’s Day weekend when temps were in the 70’s in stark contrast to the freezing temps and snow we have today – The Beauty Department has a tutorial for using tea to soothe a sunburn.

If you like these recipes, be sure to check out some of my own recipes I’ve crafted lately including my Homemade Lavender Patchouli Deodorant – this one has printable labels you can use, my moisturizing Pink Grapefruit Scented Solid Salt Scrub Cubes, and my Natural Cream Eye Shadow Recipe. Also be sure to check out my DIY Bath and Body Board on Pinterest and follow along for fabulous new recipes every week!


Cold Comfort Bath Soak for relief of seasonal allergies.

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If you enjoy a long soak in the bath, then you’re going to love the DIY bath and body recipes made with natural herbs and botanicals from The Herb Companion. Each natural skin care recipe has been created with a long luxurious soak in mind and includes recipes for bath soaks, salts and scrubs.

My favorite recipe is for the Cold Comfort Bath Soak Recipe. While it’s late spring now and not exactly cold season, this handmade bath soak recipe is also perfect if you’re suffering from seasonal allergies and nasal congestion.

Cold Comfort Bath Soak Recipe

Yield: 31/2 ounces


2 tablespoons dried lavender flowers and leaves
2 tablespoons dried rosemary leaves
1 tablespoon dried ginger root powder
2 tablespoons dried eucalyptus leaves
Fresh eucalyptus leaves, rosemary leaves to float in bathwater (optional)


To make this cold comfort bath soap recipe, begin by mixing the dried herbs together in a glass bowl.

Next, place them inside a square of natural fabric or a metal tea ball.

Secure your bundle by tying the ends with a bit of sting.


To use your cold comfort bath soap, hang the herb bag under your water tap. Fill the tub with warm (not too hot) water, letting the water flow through the herbs. Get in the bath, squeeze out your herb bag and place it behind your neck as you bathe. You also may use it to scrub your body with a bit of soap.

To see the rest of the bath recipes available from The Herb Companion, check out their blog post, Soak and Scrub Your Cares Away. The available recipes include Myrna Loy Bath, Cold Comfort Bath, Honey Bath Tablets, English Lavender Bath, Superwoman Bath, Sunflower Soak, Fresh Ginger Root Bath, Bath Salts, Southwest Scrub, and Geranium Petal Body Scrub.