Fall Newsletter 2023 - emsherbals

Fall Newsletter 2023

October 04, 2023

Fall Newsletter 2023

Fall Newsletter 2023: DIY Elderberry & Rosehips Syrups, Organic Essential Oils, and More!

Autumn is a favorite season for many! As nights get longer and temperatures begin to drop, it’s not too soon to prepare for seasonal illness. Herbal allies offer time-tested support to help your immune system prevent colds and flus, and aid speedy recovery.

The best defense is a good offense!
Em’s Herbals Winter Defense Tea is a potent blend that you’ll want to have on hand! This all-organic tea features Echinacea (Echinacea angustifolia) Root, Elderberries (Sambucus nigra), Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) Root, Marshmallow (Althea officinalis) Root, and Wild Cherry (Prunus serotina) Bark. A terrific combination for both prevention and symptom relief, and it even tastes good!

Shop News
Welcome to our new Shop Manager, Jessica, who brings a wealth of experience from the natural products industry with her. We'll be adding profiles of all our team members on an upcoming new page on our website.

Keep an eye out for updated labels for our salves, teas, and essential oils.

Many of our essential oils are now certified organic, so be sure to check our website frequently for updated organic status!

Easy-to-Make Herbal Syrups for Cold Weather Wellness
For folks who love DIY, here are two recipes for delicious herbal syrups you can add to your toolkit to boost immune function. Herbal syrups are pleasant to take, and the sugar content also helps to preserve the compounds for a longer shelf life. (For infants under age one, use sugar, agave, or maple syrup in place of honey.) When preparing syrups for adults, alcohol, such as brandy or vodka, can also be added (or used in place of sweetening) to extend shelf life even further.

Rosehip Syrup
Rosehips are the fruit of the rose plant, typically sourced from the Dog Rose (Rosa canina). High in vitamin C, Rosehips have a wonderful tang, and they're also rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, D, and K, as well as flavonoids and other nutrients. This syrup can be taken as a supplement during the cold season, as a supportive measure when symptoms are present, or year-round.

4 cups of water
1 pound of dried organic Rosehips
1 cup of honey, sugar, or maple syrup
Optional: 1/2 cup of brandy, vodka, or other spirits

Bring water to a boil.
Crush the Rosehips or grind them in a food processor, and stir them into the boiling water.
Bring the water back up to boiling, then turn off the heat.
Allow the mixture to steep for 45 minutes.
Strain the tea through a cheesecloth-lined strainer or muslin bag, and discard Rosehip residue.
Wash the pot and pour the tea back into it.
Bring the tea back up to boiling, then turn the heat down to medium, and simmer until the volume of the liquid is reduced by about half.
Pour the concentrated tea into a measuring cup and allow it to cool slightly.
Add sweetener, stirring to dissolve it completely.
If you choose to add alcohol, let the syrup cool to slightly warm, then stir in half a cup of brandy or other spirits.
Decant the syrup into an airtight bottle or jar and refrigerate.
The refrigerated syrup should be stable for at least six months, or longer if alcohol is added.

Elderberry Syrup
Elderberry syrup is helpful for preventing and treating winter respiratory illness. Studies on the benefits of Elderberry for these purposes are among the strongest research published in the literature of plant medicine. Elderberries contain many nutrients, including vitamins A, C, and K, and minerals, flavonoids, triterpenes, sambucin, anthocyanosides, and lioleic and linolenic acids.

Wear an apron, or old clothes, when preparing Elderberry concoctions—the dark-colored liquid is strongly staining!

4 cups of water
2 cups of dried organic Elderberries
1 cup of honey, sugar, or maple syrup
Optional: 2-3 tsp. dried Ginger Root; 1 Cinnamon stick; 2 tsp. cut and sifted Echinacea Root; 1/2 cup of brandy, vodka, or other spirits

Combine berries and water (along with one or more of the optional herbs, if you're adding them) in a pot, and bring to a boil.
Turn the heat down and simmer, uncovered, for 30-40 minutes, reducing the liquid by about half.
Remove from heat and let steep for an hour.
Mash the berries with a spoon or other implement, then strain them out, using doubled cheesecloth or a muslin bag, and discard them into compost.
Once the liquid is mostly cooled, add sweetener (and optional alcohol).

Serving suggestions for either of these delightful syrups: 1-2 tbsp for adults, 1-2 tsp for children (depending on size), 2-3 times per day, with symptoms, or after likely exposure. Either of the sweetened syrups (minus Echinacea!) can be enjoyed as you would other tasty fruit condiments, on pancakes, with yogurt, in cocktails, etc.

Warm Fall greetings to all!

(*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.)