9th October 2020

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Recipe: Wild Autumn Berry Elixir

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Recipe: Wild Autumn Berry Elixir

Serves: 500ml bottle

Cooks in: 15 mins

Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients

475ml water
73g Fresh Elderberries
73g Fresh Blackberries
73g Fresh Hawthorn Berries
2 tablespoons (6g) Fresh Thyme
2 tablespoons (30ml) lemon juice
1 whole cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon lemon zest
118ml liquid sweetener, such as honey, maple syrup, agave nectar or date syrup.

Tips

In autumn, nature prepares the ingredients to gather for the cold season ahead; producing an abundance of wild berries packed full of immune harnessing and supporting properties to nourish our bodies. As nature prepares to hibernate, we too synergise with this cycle and should make provisions to benefit ourselves as we go into the stasis of winter. This elixir is an infusion from the potency of our hedgerows.

If you can't access fresh ingredients, using these herbs dried works just as well too, these herbs can be found online provided from most herb suppliers, if you're unsure about identifying these plants please check with a professional before use, such as a qualified herbalist and forager.

Method

1. Add the Water, Elderberries, Blackberries, Hawthorn Berries, Thyme, Lemon Zest and Cinnamon Stick to a pan and gently simmer for 15 minutes. Use a potato masher and carefully crush the berries.

2. Strain the infusion into a jug through a fine mesh sieve lined with a piece of muslin cloth.

3. Add your chosen sweetener and lemon juice to your strained infusion, pour into a jar, shake well and keep in your fridge for up to 3 months.

4. Take 1 - 2 times daily before cold and flu season and throughout winter as a natural preventative or if you’re feeling a little under the weather.

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Harriet was an international model, working in the fast paced fashion world for over 10 years. She yearned for a more sustainable lifestyle and a slower way of living. So she turned her career towards becoming a herbalist. Harriet has a deep understanding of the plant world that enables her to utilise botanical combinations for their effective results. From the ancient art of Herbalism to contemporary interest in conscious living, Harriet created West Apothecary to provide a direct link to a more natural world.

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