Elderberry Syrup (the absolute best cold and flu remedy)


  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup dried elderberries*
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 knob of ginger, peeled (about a 1-inch piece)
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1 cup honey (exchange with agave for vegan recipe)


1. Combine the water, elderberries and spices in a medium-sized saucepan. Bring to a boil.

2. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot with a lid and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, until the syrup reduces by about half.

3. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Set aside.

4. Fill a bottle with the honey. Using a sieve placed over a funnel, strain the syrup into the honey (or agave if using vegan recipe). Use a spoon to press against the berries, extracting as much of their juice as possible. Discard or compost the solids.

5. Place a lid on the bottle. Shake vigorously to fully combine the syrup with the honey.

6. Label the bottle and place it in the refrigerator. Use within several months.

* The dose for adults is 1–2 teaspoons daily and a ½ teaspoon for children. Do not give to infants under the age of one due to the minor threat of botulism exposure. 

Recipe via Ashley English at DesignSponge


My headcanon is that Elder’s people don’t actually know what a marriage is so Amy tries her best to explain to them, but since they’re atheists they don’t quite get it yet they’re very hyped with the idea of a party so they sew these pretty clothes for them and then it becomes a tradition to make the couple matching outfits on their big day and everyone is happy ヽ(・∀・)ノ

“If an elder is standing, you better not be sitting.”

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Elder Mother

The Elder Mother is the guardian of the Elder tree in English and Scandinavian folklore. 

The Elder Mother was said to appear on moonlit nights as an old lady dressed in a black gown with a white shawl.

Until recent times, in various parts of England and Scandinavia in order to take wood from the elder tree one would have to ask the Elder Mother first, or else ill luck would befall the woodsman. The woodsman would have to ask the Elder Mother like so:

“Old girl, give me some of thy wood and I will give thee some of mine when I grow into a tree.”

A tale from Somerset depicts the Elder Mother negatively, a witch that a farmer sees as an elder milking his cow. The farmer shoots at the witch with a silver bullet but misses and is chased back into the farmhouse. The old grandmother, however, picks up the burning coal from the fire with a shovel and throws it at the elder tree, burning cinders, and thus the witch is dead

Another from Northamptonshire tells the tale of man who cut a stick from an elder, and saw that the tree was bleeding. Later he meets the local witch and sees that she has a bloodied bandage on her arm.

“Elder is the Lady’s Tree, burn it not or cursed ye be.”

In addition, it was thought that witches were able to turn themselves into elder trees.