Elderflower typically grows at the edge of forest and has long been associated with health and wellness. Dating back to the ancient Egyptians, who used the plant and its flower to reduce wrinkles and bring the beauty of the flower to their bodies.
These flowers have stopping power – their beauty has the ability to stop passers-by and when used medicinally, the elderflower has the ability to slow the aging process. Funny name for a flower that reverses the look of aging.
Are You Sure You’re an Elder-flower?
When you start using these recipes people will be asking if you’re really as old as you say you are. It will show easily through your wisdom however, because you’ll be offering everyone a taste of your elderberry recipes.
These 10 recipes won’t just relieve runny noses, they’ll impress your friends and family because they are natural, holistic solution to common problems. Whether you want to reduce wrinkles or stop sore throats, you’re in luck.
30 oz of water
4-5 elderberry umbels, stems mostly removed
Bring the water to a boil and remove from heat.
Add your elderberry to the water, cover, and let stand for several (6-7) hours.
Strain the flowers and measure the remaining water before returning it to a clean pot.
Add the same amount of sugar as you have liquid and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes.
Remove from heat.
This leaves you with a syrupy mixture. Add to sparkling water, or drizzle on pancakes or in cake mixes as sweetener.
Elderflowers and fritters go together like homemade natural peanut butter and organic jelly. With simple ingredients this recipe is bound to deliver a unique taste that your fritters have never seen. Make your favorite pancake recipe, or grab a “just-add-water” variety, and some fresh elderflowers to get going.
All you’ve got to do is dip the flower in the batter, holding on to the stem. Using a mild oil, fry the battered flowers. Allow to cool before tasting. Do not eat the stems, as they contain alkaloids. The flower is where all the benefits (and flavors) come from.
This one will take a while but it’s worth it. Plus you can use this vinegar in other elderflower recipes, elixirs, and salves.
4 cups vinegar – apple cider vinegar is a great option.
2 cups elderflowers
1 spring onion, chopped
2 bay leaves
2 to 3 garlic cloves, chopped
20 sprigs of flowering thyme
15 sprigs of savory
black peppercorns (to taste)
Place all the ingredients in a glass jar, fill with vinegar, and cover. Let sit for 6 weeks to fully infuse. Strain (if desired) and transfer to a bottle with a cork. Keep in a cool, dark place. The vinegar should last a year – when new elderflowers are in bloom.
Elder Flower Evening Beverage
5 fresh elder flowers
Peels from 1 lemon
A few sprigs of lemon balm
Stem the elderflowers and put in glass jar with lemon balm and peel. Cover with vodka and let sit for 2 weeks. Strain flowers and add simple syrup to taste. Let sit for another 2-3 weeks. Serve over ice.
This cold and flu remedy combines 5 common plants and gets them working together against your illness. Elderflower is an astringent and relieves nasal ways of excess mucus. The elderflower is also an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and nervine, meaning it will help calm anxiety associated with cold and flu.
True winemakers are upset at the elderberry’s light refreshing taste, and the elderflower’s wonderful color. Lesser wines often use elderflower extract to enhance the color of their wine, without even considering what the flower could do for them health-wise.
The link shows more than one wine, but elderflower tops the list for taste and health-benefits. Let us know which is your favorite.
Taking a walk through the forest is a great way to clear and ease your mind. If you come across elderflower you’re in for a treat. Harvest as much as you can, and prepare to enjoy an amazing, homemade tea.
This vinegar is actually supposed to be a topical rub, to refresh and cool your irritated skin. But, it can also be used as an aromatic, or even ingested to calm a worried mind. The ingredients are basic enough: lavender buds, rose petals, elderflowers, and apple cider vinegar.
You can probably already imagine just how lovely it smells.
A great after-dinner digestif, this sorbet has an easy and refreshing taste.
2 cups ripe gooseberries (you can use strawberries instead)
1 cup elder flowers
zest of 1 lemon (or orange – depending on taste)
1 cup water
natural organic honey
one ripe banana
Bring water to a boil and place elderflowers and lemon zest in a jar, and cover with water. Let stand overnight and strain. Add honey to taste. Add the liquid to a blender and blend with fruit. Pour mixture in a freezer-safe container and put in freezer. When it starts to freeze around the edges, stir with a fork and place back in freezer repeating the process until sorbet is completely frozen.
With Age Comes Wisdom
Elderflower and its berries have a wonderful look and help your skin look wonderful too. And besides, the flowers have a ton of medicinal properties that will keep you feeling as young as you look. If nothing else, try the elderflower tea next time you’re able to get your hands on fresh elderflowers, and let us know how good it tastes, and how good it makes you feel.