Guest Post by Jill
In my area, we are still seeing elderflowers in bloom! These beautiful lacy flowers have more value to them than just their beauty.
Elders flowers are a diaphoretic, which means they induce sweating. This makes elderflowers very useful in naturally lowering fevers. If a fever becomes out of control and is giving cause for concern, make a cup of elderflower tea.
Bring 1 cup of water to a boil and add 2-4 tsp. of fresh elderflowers or 1-2 tsp. of dried elderflowers to the water. Steep the flowers (do not boil them), covered for 5-10 minutes. Strain the flowers and drink. Adults drink 1 cup of elderflower tea 3 times a day. Give children half a cup 3 times a day.
Elderflower Cordial has a wonderful lemony taste that tastes better than lemonade! We really enjoy making and drinking this yummy cordial.
35 elderflower heads
2 oz. citric acid
4 lemons, sliced
3 lbs. raw sugar
3 pints water
Bring the water to a boil and stir in sugar until dissolved. Remove from heat. Add the flowers, citric acid and lemons. Cover with a lid. Let sit for 48 hours and then strain the ingredients from the liquid. You now have a cordial! With the added citric acid, this cordial keeps 3-4 months in the fridge.
To enjoy this as a refreshing drink, dilute the syrup with water to taste.