T hat’s an excerpt from the Hans Christian Andersen story The Elder-Tree Mother. The folklore and myth around the elder tree are rich, diverse, and worth exploring, as are the potential health benefits. We invite you to understand more about the tree and its berries, and then learn to make your own elderberry syrup by taking the Hatch Lab class, Concoct Elderberry Syrup. Elderberry syrup was one of my first medicine-making endeavors, and I’m confident you’ll enjoy creating, sharing, and using it in it as much as I do.
“Some people call me Elder Tree Mother, and some call me the Dryad, but my real name is Memory. It is I who sit up in the tree that grows on and on, and I can remember and I can tell stories.” —Hans Christian Andersen
This class is special to me for a couple of reasons. First, I love Rebecca’s Apothecary, a beautiful Boulder, Colorado, herb shop. For several years, my office was directly above it and I visited often – to buy gifts, to solve my family’s mysterious ailments, and to learn from the knowledgeable and friendly herbalists on staff. Rebecca and her team inspired me and planted many of the seeds that eventually grew into Hatch Lab. Visiting the store ignited a passion in me and a deep desire to study and use plants for healing. When it came time to launch Hatch Lab, I knew I wanted Rebecca to be involved.
Second, I’m inspired by the way elderberries came into my life. After several years living in my house, I discovered I had a prolific elderberry tree in the backyard. Actually, it was my chickens that brought it to my attention. Their coop was positioned directly below the tree, and when the berries ripened, the chickens literally leapt straight in the air to grab a few ripe berries in their beaks. They made me curious, and I decided to find out what kind of berry they were eating. Turns out, it was elderberry. Last year, when I added a beehive to the backyard, I was delighted to use the bitter berries and sweet honey from home to make a tasty medicinal powerhouse.
Ready to give it a try? I love making elderberry syrup with raw, local honey whenever possible. Not sure where to buy it? Try reaching out to your local beekeeping association for some leads. If you can’t get local, organic elderberries, you can order fresh ones from Zack Woods Herb Farm or dried ones from Mountain Rose Herbs.
You can take our Concoct Elderberry Syrup class for just $5, then you own it and can watch it when and where you’d like. To help you with this class, we’re offering an Elderberry Syrup Making Kit plus access to the video for just $29.95. The kit includes everything you need to make the syrup (with the exception of a pot and some spoons). The kit is great to get for yourself or as a gift for a loved one. Supplies are very limited, so get your order in now and don’t miss the opportunity to make it easier than ever to concoct elderberry syrup.
Author: Mara Rose
Editor: Joy Herbers
Photo: Christina Kiffney