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Health & Wellness Private Yoga Instructor Santa Monica Los Angeles Elderberry Tonic

Published on May 27th, 2024 | by Catherine Tingey

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Elderberry Tonic

Elderberry Tonic

I’ve always liked Elderberry as an immune booster but it can be difficult to find a product that isn’t loaded with sugar.

For years, I took this one by Gaia herbs because they have transparent sourcing and high quality ingredients, but it’s so sickeningly sweet, I finally decided to make my own.

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I call this a tonic because it is thicker than water, but not the viscosity of a syrup.

It’s aromatic and you can lightly sweeten it with local, seasonal honey if you have allergies.

When I build my homestead, elderberries are one of the first plants I plan on growing. I also intend to grow a climbing vine, Gynostemma Pentaphyllum/Jiaogulan (Poor Man’s Ginseng) which is a longevity, adaptogen super herb.

Until then, I have to buy my superfoods from someone else.

I tried a few brands of organic elderberries and this one by Frontier Co-Op was the best. Strong FRESH aroma upon opening, very few twigs and/or dud berries.

You can read all about the amazing benefits of elderberries on the internet. In my opinion, a plant that Hippocrates [460 – 370 BC] called ‘The Medicine Chest,’ is one I want to know about.

ELDERBERRY TONIC (makes ~6 C)

  • 2 C dried organic elderberries

  • 8 C filtered water

  • 3 cinnamon sticks

  • 2 TSP ground ginger

  • 2 TSP ground cloves

  • Zest of 1/2 organic orange

  • 1/3  – 1/2 C raw local honey

Bring all ingredients, except honey, to a boil.

Cover and simmer for 90 min, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.

Strain, cool and once cool, blend in honey.

Bottle and store in refrigerator.

Shelf life ~2 months

DOSAGE

1-3 TBSP adult for maintenance

3-5 TBSP adult for healing

MORE IMMUNE BOOSTING IDEAS here and here and here.

Namaste,

Catherine & Satya

P.S. The next batch I make, I’m going to experiment with pureeing some/all of the fruit, straining it again, and then adding it to the mixture. I think there are nutrients being tossed when I throw away the spent fruit.

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Entrepreneur, yogini, designer, award-winning filmmaker, personal trainer and former marathon runner. She left a career in finance to start her own business and along the way, became a yoga teacher. She has been practicing yoga for 31 years and teaching privately for 11 years.

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Entrepreneur, yogini, designer, award-winning filmmaker, personal trainer and former marathon runner. She left a career in finance to start her own business and along the way, became a yoga teacher. She has been practicing yoga for 31 years and teaching privately for 11 years.



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