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  • Chocolate Elderberry Syrup

    Wondering what else you can use your Elderberries for apart from tea and healing syrup?
    Here's a fabulous old recipe that is ridiculously tasty and good for you too!
    It's nutrient rich and full of anti-oxidents.

    Ingredients

     

    1/2 cup of organic elderberries
    1/2 cup of organic rose hips
    2 cups of water
    2 Tablespoons of organic raw cacao powder

    1 teaspoon of cinnamon
    pinch of freshly grated nutmeg

    1 teaspoon of local / Manuka honey

     

    Method

    * Simmer the elderberries and rose hips in 2 cups of water for 20 minutes.

    * Strain well.

    * Whisk in the cinnamon, nutmeg and cacao.

    * Add honey to taste while the mixture is still warm.

    * Mix well and enjoy over pancakes, ice cream, strawberries and other treats!

  • Aroma Essentials Workshop

    The Aroma Essentials workshop is a great introduction to Aromatherapy and how it can benefit your personal, family and professional life.

    Our workshops are informative, fun, personal and nurturing - and best of all hosted by a qualified aromatherapist of nearly 20 years!

    Topics include:

    * Introduction to Aromatherapy
    * Essential Oil Profiles
    * Using oils safely and effectively
    * Blending Essential Oils
    * Creating a massage blend
    * Creating a hydrosol

    This will be an interactive workshop so that you can understand the basics of using essential oils safely and effectively as well as making a few gorgeous products of your own to take home and use with yourself, family and friends.

    Light refreshments will be provided.

    All participants will get 10% off all Harriet Herbery products and essential oils on the day ❤️

    The workshop will be held in the beautiful upper area of the Eco Learning Centre at The Briars, Mt Martha. Sweeping views and a lovely balcony to enjoy a refreshment. Feel free to stay after and mingle �
  • Elderberry Syrup - The Flu Fighter

    One of my favourite things to make in my little Harriet Herbery Apothecary is Elderberry Syrup! It's an amazing age old recipe to enhance the immune system and is particularly good during times of colds and flus. Best of all, it's safe for kids!

    Black Elderberries (Sambucus Nigra) have been shown to prevent flu and speed recovery in those who have flu. Elderberries contain high levels of A, B and C and stimulate the immune system.

    Elderberries are immune enhancing, antiviral and antioxidant and they are suitable for children in influenza, colds and other acute viral infections. So basically, they're a must for every parent in the first aid kit!

    This is a really tasty recipe. My 2.5 year old actually asks for it and then says "more please"!

    • 1 cup black elderberries

    • 3½ cups of water

    • 2 Tablespoons fresh or dried ginger root

    • 1 -2 cinnamon sticks

    • ½ teaspoon cloves

    • 1 cup raw honey (I get mine from my local beekeeper)

    • If you're in Australia, you can find out where your local beekeeper is here: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zzplKTnSjGhs.k8sAyx_T0CJE

     

    Instructions

    1. Pour the water into a saucepan and add elderberries, ginger, cinnamon and cloves

    2. 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.

    3. Remove from the heat and let the liquid cool enough so you can handle it.

    4. Mash the berries using a wooden spoon or other flat utensil. Pour through a strainer into a glass jar or bowl.

    5. Discard the elderberries (we compost them) and let the liquid cool to lukewarm.

    6. When it's cooled down, add 1 cup of honey and stir well.

    7. When honey is well mixed into the mixture, pour the syrup into a mason jar and screw on the lid.

    8. Store in the fridge and take daily for its immune boosting properties.

    9. Standard dose is ½ tsp to 1 tsp for kids and ½ Tbsp to 1 Tbsp for adults.

    10. If the flu does strike, take the normal dose every 2-3 hours instead of once a day until symptoms disappear.

     

     

     

  • Benefits of Epsom Salt bathing

     

    Epsom Salts – chemically known as magnesium sulfate – are named after the spring in Surrey, England where the naturally-occurring mineral was discovered in the water. I was born in Epsom, so perhaps that's why I've always loved Epsom salts!

    They're a must have natural remedy for every home. Depending on the condition, Epsom salts may be used topically or taken internally.
    Here are some of the cool things Epsom Salts do for you when you're bathing in them.

    1⃣ They relax your body
    2⃣ Relieve pain and cramping
    3⃣ Regulates muscle and nerve function
    4⃣ Improve circulation
    5⃣ Remove splinters
    6⃣ Soothe sprains and bruises
    7⃣ Keep feet healthy
    8⃣ Can ease gout discomfort

    Check out our Australian made decadent Epsom salts range, by Harriet Herbery with herbal and aromatherapy infusions and Australian spa minerals.


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