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Photo credit: Barbara DuTot

Early Sunday morning, two days before Valentines day I found myself up early and driving north up the Okanagan valley to the “heart” of the Shuswap on my way to Wild Roots Herbal Learning Centre. Barbara DuTot, Wise Woman Herbalist and founder of the herbal learning centre, had invited me to assist her in running an all day Love Medicine workshop. How could I say no? The very intrigue of the thought of love medicine had me curious and excited about how the day would unfold.

But first lets back track…. How did I go from lonely herbal wanderer, seeking kinship and community through a blog to assisting a beloved local herbal teacher? Well, it has been some time since we last got together on Girl Gone Wild and Weedy and I have been keeping my adventures secret, shall we say?

Barbara DuTot. Community Herbalist. Seen here enjoying some dandelion love.

I met Barb in person last year at the end of summer by attending her Heartfelt Hawthorn plant study class. How I never came across her school when I was looking in earnest for a local, grass-roots herbal teacher is beyond me but it was actually through Kiva Rose of Anima Herbal School, New Mexico, that I found Barb. I became Kiva’s student because I could not find a local teacher!  Actually, one of my first assignments from Kiva was to find a traditional healer in my area so when I found Barb I was very excited.

Well for some reason Barb must have thought I was all right because she has kept inviting me back. Through Barb and her school, a community of home and folk herbalists is forming and uniting. Women (and men) from up and down the Okanagan/Shuswap Valleys are celebrating their love of plants and nature, nourishing their bodies with weedy wonders and strengthening their bond with the natural world through the gift of heartfelt knowledge, offered by Barb. How lucky am I to be a part of that?!

Photo by Barb DuTot.

Back to the road trip to Wild Roots… I arrived early at Barb’s adorable homestead in the beautiful Trinity Valley and was put to work minding the beets roasting in the oven and tending the rising bread, setting up the tables with pink and red cloth and laying out cups and glasses for herbal rose petal vinegar water and hot herbal love cacao.

Photo by Barb DuTot

As the guests arrived I hugged familiar folks and poured glasses of waterfall water with a splash of rose petal vinegar to sip while we pondered this: Five words to described what you feel love is and three things you love about yourself.

I should have kept the paper with my answers, well, I was under the influence of damiana and cacao by the end of the day… but it went something like this:

1. Passion. Love is passion.

2. Babies! Baby boy’s, baby girls, baby animals, baby plants…. Love is new life.

3. Patience. Any mother of a 2 1/2-year-old boy will tell you, love is patience.

Hmm, I am having trouble recalling the last two as there were so many good answers from all the people there that they are all merging into one memory. There was some great ones. Let’s go with how I feel right now about love…

4. Willingness. Love is willingness to love and be loved. Love is the willingness to see the ugly, the dark, the grotesque,  and the sick and not shy away, love is letting healing take place.

5. Love is universal. Not a living thing on this Earth is immune to the power of love.

Love is Babies in violet fields! Photo by Barb DuTot.

I like the way Barbara puts it: “Love is multifaceted”. There are so many things love is to each of us. What a great way to get your students thinking about the topic of love medicine. It is not a black and white topic of interest by any means. It is multifaceted.

As for the three things I love about myself… That’s private. 🙂

Heart loving Hawthorn. Photo by Barb DuTot.

After introductions our conversation turned to the heart, physical and energetic. Barb explained the function and intelligence of the heart. She introduced us to the magnetic field that pulses beyond the physical body around the heart area of your torso. She led us through an exercise, perceiving our own ‘heart field’ and then opening up to perceiving a partners. We pondered the reasons why we feel love and heartache in our hearts and not another part of our selves. And then we moved on to the herbal aspects of the day….

As Barb said “so there are a myriad of ways to experience Love, so are there are a myriad of herbs to facilitate Love. With such a plethora of plants from which to choose, Barb decided to focus on herbs that nourish and open the heart and to “spice it up” with some herbal aphrodisiacs!

We sipped and tasted tinctures, honeys, elixirs and teas, familiarizing ourselves with the taste, impression and effect of each plant: rose, hawthorn, self-heal, oatstraw, violet flowers, nettle (heart of the world – Rudolph Steiner), tulsi, motherwort, cacao, damiana, kava, macca and we discussed so many more . We sampled incredible elixirs made of wild rose petals and powdered cacao, brandy and honey. (I had to restrain myself from running away and hiding with the jar of cacao elixir so we could be alone…)

Photo by Barb DuTot.

“In the Tantra, the mystical and spiritual philosophy that exalts the union of opposites at all levels, from the cosmic to the infinitesimal, and in which man and woman are mirrors of divine energies, violet is the colour of female sexuality; which is why it has been adopted by some feminist movements.” -excerpt from “Aphrodite, A Memoir of the Senses” Isabel Allende.

We experienced food as love medicine, sharing a beautiful, simple meal. If you happen to be at Barb’s house, you know you are going to eat well! Her basic philosophy is “Food is Medicine” and she advocates choosing local and organically grown food whenever you can for the most nutrient dense foods for building health.

Lunch included butternut squash soup – high in beta carotene– important for the production of estrogen and keeping the mucous membranes lubricated and healthy, nibbled home-made focaccia, and snacked on super yummy roasted beet salad, so good for libido and health, dressed in “heart-healthy” hawthorn and honey vinaigrette. We shelled and ate cacao beans and sipped glasses of bubbly and sweet raspberry, hawthorn and elderflower spring water spritzers. And then we delighted in dark and chocolaty tofu brownies with rose petal whipped cream. Then, we all basked in the afterglow…

After our senses regained we moved on to arguably the best part of a Wild Roots Herbs class- the medicine making! We made pink St. Johns wort lip balm for puckering up, Aphrodites Atomic Love Bombs- handmade truffles with a sesame paste base, chocolate chunks, honey and plenty of macca. (Macca is said to increase a mans potency by 200%…!!!  That’s pretty potent!) Love Elixir- a blend of damiana and raspberry syrup that totally transports you to a dreamy lovey state, and sensual creamy massage oil that we each scented to our personal desire with my plentiful essential oil kit that I brought along. I chose to enhance the chocolate aroma (from the cocoa butter) with rose otto and cinnamon. It is so good it is literally edible. So warming and deeply sensual, a match made in heaven!

Photo by Barb DuTot.

I left feeling incredible, with an armful of delightful creations to bring out on Valentines day…

Valentines day: It fell on a Tuesday. Dance night! I learn American Tribal Style Bellydance at Blackthorn Bellydance and the Valentines day class was one of the best so far. So much awesome energy shared between women who love to dance with each other. I came home on a high to my child already fed and bathed and ready for bed. My man had a meal cooking in the oven for me –  the most perfectly cooked, organic, local rack of lamb I have ever had. (Well done, husband!) Served with roasted baby potatoes and asparagus roasted with romano cheese and a local cabernet sauvignon. We sipped wine and savoured our meal over beeswax candlelight, left the dishes and retired to our deep red and earthy bedroom to finish our wine and get into our love potions. I played the dreamy music of Solace as we sat on the bed chatting and eating love bombs in the flickering light. We switched our wine for love elixir, it tasted so good! Feeling dreamy and sensual myself and still in costume of tucked and layered gypsy skirts, nettle hip scarf, deep red choli and beautiful coin bra I got up and danced a serpentine dance for my love, for the very first time. He had never seen me dance before then. Maybe it was the love bombs, maybe the wine or the damiana kicking in but I have never seen my husband so mesmerized. The rest of the night was blissful….

Love medicine is potent. 😉

Want to try making your own creamy, dreamy massage oil? Here’s a recipe for my take on the creamy massage oil we made…

Rich Chocolate, Cinnamon & Rose Massage Oil for Lovers.

  • 1/8 cup pure prime pressed cocoa butter- wild or organic
  • 1/2 cup wild rose infused almond oil or grape seed oil (you can use plain almond or grape seed oil if you don’t have rose infused oil but do try making your own rose oil if you ever get the chance. It’s pure love in a bottle!)
  • 4-5 drops best quality cinnamon essential oil (be careful, cinnamon can be irritating in too strong doses, it is a stimulant to the skin… Ooo tingly!)
  • 15 drops pure rose otto

To make your creamy massage oil, gently melt your cocoa butter in a small pot on low heat.

Once the butter has melted pour in your rose infused oil and swirl or stir your mix with a chopstick. You may have to gently warm the blend if the cocoa butter hardens a bit after adding the oil.

Add the essential oils and stir again with your chopstick. Make sure your massage oil is well blended.

Pour into a swoon worthy bottle that will entice you from the bedside.

Give your creamy massage oil a gentle shake before using to make sure the cocoa butter stays incorporated in the oil. If it gets cold, you may find you need to warm your oil if it stiffens. Do so by placing the bottle in warm water for a few minutes.

This massage oil blend smells incredible and may make you want to devour the skin it comes in contact with. Resist! Or don’t… It’s totally edible, as long as your lover doesn’t mind.

Violet Honey. Photo by Barb DuTot.

Well, that’s it for now. I hope you have enjoyed your read and perhaps found a little inspiration for making your own love food and aphrodisiacs. Have fun! And remember…. “Love is the greatest aphrodisiac”

With wild and weedy love,


I want to give a big, heartfelt thank you to the lovely Barbara DuTot for being, among other things, an editor extrodinaire, lending me quotes from Isabel Allende’s beautiful book and the use of her beautiful photos. Thank you Barb! <3<3<3


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Mullein. Sweet and caring, tall and strong, nomad of the wild garden. As all gypsies, you are misunderstood by many, and as all gypsies, you are always welcome in my home and garden!

Mullein Flower in my garden.

I think most folks have at least seen this weedy wonder in the wild, the roadsides, the field or as a youngling trying to get a foot hold in one’s garden. If you happen to live by my house then you would also have seen it in my front garden growing tall and proud, probably to my neighbours confusion.

Often misunderstood, I have heard one young man proclaim “Mullein. It’s SO ugly!”. No you’re not mullein, no you’re not. I find it amusing that the same young man accepted a herbal syrup made by me for his sick girlfriend made of rosehip, elderberries, honey, and MULLEIN! She recovered quickly and I hope they have made peace with the giving, loving, mullein.

If you are not familiar with Mullein lets start with the basics…


Botanical name: Verbascum spp.

Species living in BC: Verbascum thapsus.

Botanical family: Scrophulariaceae

Folk names: Mullein, Our Lady’s Flannel, Hag’s Taper, Hedge Taper, Torches, Wild Ice Leaf, Candelaria.

Ecology in BC: Widespread and common at low to mid elevations in disturbed, especially gravelly sites, fields and pastures. Mostly absent from wet Columbia Mountains.

Parts used:  Leaf, flower, roots, flower stalk resin.

Taste: Bland, salty, some say vanilla. I think the flowers smell/taste like a strange sweet spice….

First Nations use: According to my field guide the BC Interior native peoples smoked the leaves. Personally, I think they would have fully embraced this gently powerful medicinal herb and smoking it is just one way to utilize the healing powers of Mullein.

Mullein in my front yard growing tall.

Mullein is a Eurasian plant that followed the immigration of European Peoples to North America and indeed anywhere else they settled including my homeland, New Zealand. It is now widely established all over the world. I love my teachers thoughts on Mullein. She considers it a guiding light and calls it:

“An important guardian plant, emphasized in how it followed European immigrants to the Americas, and served as an herbal bridge between old world and new world healing traditions, to the point where very few herbalists or folk healers could imagine a practice without this beloved and widespread remedy.” – Kiva Rose Hardin.

Mullein is a biennial, the first year showing a lovely, soft basal rosette of leaves. The second year, growing skywards until it’s flower stalk reaches up to 2 metres high!

I have observed it to be habitat to many small insect creatures who live amongst the shelter of the soft leaves. In fact, during a visit with a wild Mullein plant my young son and I came across a pretty spider living in the leaves of a first year rosette. Now anytime Aries see’s a Mullein plant he squeals in delight saying “Hi! Bug!”. Oh, small children are so sweet.

The flower stalks. One main stalk and on this plant, a couple off shoots too.

Medicinally Mullein has a tradition of being used for respiratory ailments and is very effective used for dry hacking coughs when you need some help expelling the phlegm. Indeed it can be used in many lung remedies but Mullein doesn’t stop there.

It is famous for it’s use as an ear infection oil and perhaps your own mother treated you with Mullein oil in your childhood. Do use caution if you intend to use Mullein oil to treat an ear infection, it works wonderfully, however a ruptured ear drum needs immediate attention and should not be subjected to any oil or otherwise. So if there is any risk of rupture, do seek medical attention immediately.

Mullein leaves. Soft and prickly at the same time.

I am learning this wonderful plant is of great benefit to lymphatic stagnation and can be used internally as an infusion or externally as a poultice made from the fresh leaves dipped in hot water or pounded and then placed on the glands.

Much to my surprise and satisfaction I have learned of Mullein having great affinity to the musculoskeletal system and is a useful ally in cases of slipped discs, broken bones and pain in the neck and hips, reducing pain and inflammation in both humans and animals. I look forward to learning more of its musculoskeletal medicine.

Mullein also has powerful uses for the nervous system, the urinary system, and as a wound healing salve bringing relief and healing to the injured.

Most notably for me right now is the golden light Mullein shines for those feeling lost in the dark. I have recently felt a little uncertain, unsure of myself and found I had lost my own shining light amongst confusion and feelings of inadequacy and worries of  nonacceptance that stemmed only from within myself. No one likes feeling that way and one must go within to find the source. But sometimes you need a little help from loving friends to resurface with confidence. (Thank you, Gwendolyn <3)

Making Mullein tincture. It turns bright yellow when first made.

This is where Mullein offers her sweet yellow flowers to lend a helping hand in the form of a tincture. Even the act of harvesting the flowers and placing them in vodka to see it turn a sunshine yellow is uplifting and cheering. Mullein flower tincture, when taken, holds up that guiding light, showing a way out of the darkness and “providing an internal sense of safety and confidence” (Kiva Rose).

So while I am alone in the darkness of an internal night, perhaps a little scared I will wander deeper, I turn to Mullein. She offers me her golden torch to guide me through a darkness with no Moon. And at the darkest hour there she is, the Golden Dawn.

Mullein flowers in vodka.


Plants of Southern Interior British Columbia and the Inland Northwest; Parish, Coupe, Lloyd; Lone Pine Publishing.

The New Holistic Herbal; David Hoffmann; Element Books Limited.

From the Ground Up course work in Traditional Western Herbalism; Kiva Rose Hardin; Anima Herbal and Lifeways School.

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That's Shadow, my wee little 'bobcat' (manx..) slinking in from the left to inhale the sweet herbal aroma of my tea.

It’s a crisp fresh and sunny spring morning outside today in the Okanagan. My boy’s are at the park and I am getting ready to dye eggs for my son and nephew to hunt later today. My herb garden is taking off with a rush of energy and I feel the frisky spring vibe all around.

I have been trying in vain to find a patch of wild nettles close to my home but so far I have found only a lone plant on the path of one of my favorite trails at Mill Creek, an abundant place of beauty where I often gather herbs here and there. I never harvest from my friend the lone nettle but I do go visit it from time to time. I’ll gather her seeds this fall so I can grow her offspring in my garden next year.

Needless to say I was feeling a little bummed out about the lack of fresh nettles in my life right now! Well yesterday morning we went off to the farmers market and I was so stoked to find one of the farmers selling bags of beautiful nettles. I bought them and asked if she had nettle seed, the farmer replied with a confused expression “They ARE weeds you know? If you plant them you will never be rid of them”  to which I replied with my hand on my heart “And I am perfectly o.k with that!” I’m sure she found this Kiwi girls antics to be quite amusing. What can I say? I love nettles.

In the evening I was wondering how I would enjoy my bag of precious nettles and given I have never made an infusion from fresh nettles I decided that was just what I would do with some of them. So I got some water boiling in the kettle and fetched my jar of marshmallow root. Nettles are a little drying so I always add a pinch or two of marshmallow root to my nettle infusions as I tend to be constitutionally dry and I live in a semi arid climate. It has a slightly sweet aroma and flavour and it’s mucilage is soothing on the mouth, stomach and mucous membranes. I find this really balances the astringency of nettles.

In my excitement I simply tore the leaves, added the marshmallow and filled my quart sized jar with just boiled water. The aroma hit me immediately, so fresh, herbaceous yet somewhat sweet and fruity from the mallow. I was in love, dried nettle infusions never smell this good!  Then I stepped back to admire the leaves floating around in the brew. Wait a minute. All those intact cell walls are inhibiting the water from extracting all the good stuff from my nettles. Oops. So I strained my brew, placed the nettles on my wooden chopping board and chopped away. Then it all went back into the jar. I really should know better than to skip steps. Tsk tsk. I set aside my infusion to brew overnight so I could enjoy it in the morning.

All was well again and I retired to the living room to hang out with my man and our friend that had stopped by for an evening visit. Barely an hour went by before I was back in the kitchen smelling the nettle and mallow brew. I just couldn’t wait all night to taste my first fresh nettle infusion so I went right ahead and poured myself a cup, stirred in half a teaspoon of local wild flower honey and sipped away. Amazing. Delicious. Slightly sweet and fruit like from the mallow and honey then perfectly rounded, full and slightly salty from the nettles. And the feeling, I felt that nettle buzz like never before! Fresh herb preparations truly are bursting with life and vitality that you just can’t get with dried herb. What a feeling.

My search for wild nettles continues and brings with it discoveries of catnip, marshmallow and cattails that I will go back for soon. But in the meantime I will have to keep visiting my farmers market for my next hit of fresh nettle infusion.

Glorious Green Spring Blessings to you!


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Have you heard of Poppy Swap yet?

Poppy Swap is an online herbal marketplace and community with a store, forum and interviews with great herbalists.

I urge you to check it out and browse around for yourself. It’s a real gem for the herbal community where you can buy, swap and sell natural handmade herbal products, discuss topics on the forum with other herbalists and connect with like minded folks.

What are you waiting for? Go take a look! I’m quite sure you will love it. 🙂


Spring time blessings to you all,


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Hello there! I’m back, finally! It’s been a month since I began composing this article and then life took me on a whirlwind tour of the unexpected and uncontrollable. I’ve been riding a roller coaster of emotion, both good and bad, pain and relief and it’s all been such an overwhelming distraction. I find myself feeling soothed to be sitting here writing about my heartfelt purpose, the goodness of learning and working with plants for medicine, food and beauty. As I write this I can smell my pot of elderberries and spices simmering gently into a tasty and healthful decoction that I will soon blend into a syrup. And that is the theme of today’s long awaited article… The Elderberry.

I love the elder tree. I love the way it looks, I love its dreamy, creamy blossom clusters and I adore the dark blue elderberries it so freely gives to those that know of its generous bounty. What could be more satisfying than seeking to find and work with such a giving plant that is steeped in a rich history of centuries old folklore, legend and medicine making ?

Back home in New Zealand, a few years back, I watched an interview on the local news about a girl who was going around the old Southland farms and sheep stations asking permission to harvest the blossoms and berries which she then crafted into elderflower and elderberry cordials. I had to try them for myself as I was so intrigued and what a delight they turned out to be. On a hot summers day nothing beats a tall glass of cold elderflower cordial blended with sparkling spring water.

The species of Elder that is native to my region: sambucus cerulea

Since then my relationship with the elder tree has deepened and grown as I learn more about this remarkable plant. I’ve recently learned of a species of elder that is native to the Montane Cordillera eco-zone I live in: Sambucus nigra ssp cerulea. I’ve heard it grows in the southern Okanagan so you can imagine my excitement! I’m eagerly awaiting the spring when I will go searching for its tell-tale blossom clusters in hopes of harvesting the flowers and later in the summer the berries as well, to dry and blend into remedies for my kitchen apothecary.

While I wait for winter to finish doing her thing I am happy to work with my stash of dried elderberries I purchased from Silk Road Tea and Herb Company. I also have a little packet of dried elderberries that came with my herbal medicine making kit from Learning Herbs so hey, let’s make a simple elderberry syrup! I’ve decided to make the recipe that came in my herbal medicine making kit, from Learning Herbs.com as it includes other herbs such as ginger and cinnamon, excellent allies in times of illness caused by cold and flu viruses.

Now as if you need a convincing reason to make and enjoy an elderberry syrup! But this is a somewhat educational blog for me and for you and writing about medicinal uses of plant helps me learn faster, so now, a little about the healing powers, myths and other uses of the wonderful elder…

The elderberry is traditionally used in the treatment of the flu virus. A common folk remedy blends elderberries with yarrow and peppermint and is used as a diaphoretic, that is to induce a sweat, at bedtime to help break a fever. This is a great example of herbs working with your body’s healing process to return to a balanced and whole state of being rather than the allopathic tradition of suppressing symptoms, a practice that I am at odds with as symptoms of illness are the body hard at work in healing mode. Not that I don’t wish to relieve the discomfort of illness when my son or husband or even my self gets sick, I just go about it in a way that supports healing function and a return to balanced health sooner. Anyways… Back to elderberries!  Traditional Herbalist Kiva Rose speaks highly of her experiences working with elder. She blends it into an elixir tonic not only as a remedy for influenza but also she has “found it useful in a variety of situations, especially chronic hyper or hypo immunity, extended illness and other depletion syndromes”. I should also note it has a tonic effect on the mucous membranes. Oh yes,  it tastes great too, what a bonus! That’s not always true of many medicinal herbs.

The branches of the elderberry have a soft core and are easily turned into whistles but be warned, the bark contains alkaloids one may find nauseating. No nibbling on elder whistles! The elder is also thought to be connected to the fairy world and according to Doreen Shababy, author of The Wild and Weedy Apothecary, there are several legends that tell of an Elder Mother inhabiting the tree and she rightly reminds her readers to be thankful for the bounty they harvest from her branches.

Have I peaked your interest yet? Want to learn how to make that elderberry syrup? Then read on my friend for its ready and cooling on my counter top and it could be in your kitchen apothecary too with a few ingredients and a little instruction so here we go!

How to make Elderberry Syrup:

Gathering the ingredients to make an elderberry syrup

You will need to gather your ingredients and equipment before you get started. For this recipe we will use:

1/2 cup of dried or 1 cup fresh blue elderberries, 5 cloves, 1 cinnamon stick, 1 tablespoon roughly grated or chopped ginger, 2 cups fresh filtered water and 1 cup unpasteurized wild flower honey.

Next pour the water into a medium size pot that has a lid. Add the elderberries…

Dried elderberries going in the pot

Then the cloves, cinnamon and ginger….

Adding the spices to the brew

Then cover the pot and bring to a boil.

Cover up for less energy waste!

Once it’s boiling reduce the heat and let your decoction simmer for about 20 minutes. You want it to reduce in volume by half.

Now it's boiling reduce the heat, cover and let simmer for 20-30 minutes

While it’s simmering let’s talk about honey… I feel the best honey to use for its medicinal qualities comes from bees that forage wild area’s away from monoculture, genetically modified crops and pollution. Actually I feel the best medicinal honey in the world is Manuka honey. It is the most potent honey out there for treating all kinds of ailments but in the interest of using what is available to you locally, go and support your local bee keeper. And make sure you buy unpasteurized honey. It is powerful yet delicate stuff and loses much of its useful qualities when heated. I’m using organic wild flower honey from Armstrong, right here in the Okanagan. It’s cold today so you will notice my honey is a little grainy but that’s alright, it will dissolve into the decoction just fine.

Wild flower honey from the Okanagan

Now the decoction is reduced by half so I strain it through a fine mesh strainer into a glass bowl…And use a spoon to press all the juice out of the berries.Now it’s time to add the honey…

Mmmm... honey!

And stir until the honey has completely dissolved.Now it’s ready to be poured into a sterile glass storage vessel. I’m using a re-purposed Grolsch beer bottle as they have rubber stoppers on top. I actually buy them just so I can have the bottles for home-made syrups and sauces but it’s kind of fun emptying them of their original contents with my hubby…

Use a funnel if your going to pour your syrup into a bottle for storage, it helps prevent wasting your precious syrup by spilling.

Now just let it cool down before you seal it. You could make a cool label while you wait.

That’s it! You just learned how to make elderberry syrup at home for a fraction of the cost of a bottle of store bought elder extract pills that probably don’t do much anyways. Make sure you store your syrup in the fridge. It will keep for a couple of weeks. Give a tablespoonful a day to your family during the cold and flu season as a preventative measure. I’ll probably be serving mine over vanilla bean ice cream and yoghurt too. You’ll see. It’s tastes awesome.

I hope you try this for yourself, it really is worth it. For more elderberry recipes check out Putting Up With The Turnbulls blog site for their Elderberry Maple Syrup. You can also make jams and jellies with the fresh berries but that will be an article for another day when I have a glut of them in my kitchen to be dealt with. I really hope the wait was worth it and I look forward to sharing more of my herbal adventures with you all as Spring is about to arrive and with her all the good green herbs I have been so impatiently waiting for. 🙂

Happy herbal adventures,


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