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Episode 001 - Elderberry

Updated: Feb 13, 2020

In this premier episode of Elder Hour Juliet and Chelsea discuss magical motherly Elder. They dissect the Northern European history, Indigenous lore and uses, associations with Christianity, and even the faeries associated with the Elder tree while weaving in magical and medicinal qualities!

Elderberry Smoothie:

A handful of frozen elderberry tea ice cubes

1 cup frozen cherries

1 cup frozen pineapple

1 banana

½ cup strawberry kefir

1 tbsp raw wildflower honey

Add pear juice until desired viscosity/texture

Elderflower Cake Mix hack

Follow the directions on the box, but add an extra egg, change the water to milk, and swap the oil for butter and double it. Add 2 tablespoons of elderflower cordial to the mix.

Homemade Elderflower frosting:

Soften a stick of butter, but don’t melt it. Chop and add to a bowl. Add 3 tablespoons of elderflower cordial. Add 5 cups of powdered sugar. Add milk slowly while gently beating with a mixer until you get your desired texture and then whip on high.

Elderberry Syrup:

Daily immune support - Suggested 1Tbsp daily 3years old and older (1tsp 1-3 years old) Always check with your doctor first.


2/3 black Elderberries

3 1/2 cup Water

1 cup raw Honey

1 tsp Cinnamon

2 TBSP Ginger

1/2 tsp Cloves

Pour the water into a medium saucepan and add the elderberries, ginger, cinnamon, and clove.

Bring to boil and then cover, reduce to a simmer for about 45min-1hour. Until the liquid has reduced by almost half.

Remove from heat and let cool

Mash berries with spoon or something like it.

Pour through strainer.

Discard elderberries, when its cool and no longer hot add honey and stir

Pour into jar and seal


Culpeper’s Complete Herbal by Nicholas Culpeper

Weiser Concise Guide to Herbal Magick by Judith Hawkins-Tillirson

Druid’s Herbal of Sacred Tree Medicine by Ellen Evert Hopman

Scottish Herbs and Fairy Lore by Ellen Evert Hopaman

Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scottt Cunningham

Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Judika Illes

The Herbal Lore of Wise Women and Wortcunners by Wolf D. Storl

The Master Book of Herbalism by Paul Beyerl


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Mar 15, 2020

For the syrup recipe is it 2/3 cup elderberry? Thank you! I hope to make it soon


Feb 01, 2020

Hi Kim! You can order the tea online including Amazon, but Whole Foods and Homegoods have the tea sometimes too. For the flowers or berries alone I highly recommend -Chelsea


Feb 01, 2020

Hi Susan! There are a few different woods that are rumored to have been used. Elder IS one along with olive and dogwood. My sources for elder are the Encyclopedia of Witchcraft by Judika Illes and Herbarium by Caz Hildebrand. Thank you for your suggestions.


Come on girls, I'm from New Jersey too but don't use that as an excuse to sound stupid. I know you know your stuff about the herbs,pagan and most of the Celtic lore of things but recheck your Christian research. I have Juliet's book, which I love, so I know you have some Christian background.Jesus' cross was made of olive wood. Maybe making an outline would make your podcast flow better as well. The podcast was interesting, I will listen to your next one. Keeping it in some kind of order would make it easier to understand.I have never critiqued anything before, I don't want you to get angry. I want you to succeed, one Jersey girl to another. Goo…


Lisa Kershner
Lisa Kershner
Jan 30, 2020

Great job ladies! Loved this. I was smiling, laughing, and learned a lot of good useful information. Thanks so much! Looking forward to the next episode.

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