Elder

It is said that if a human drinks from fairy wine, he or she will see fairies. If a fairy happens to drink from the same goblet, then the person will see fairies forevermore. The following is a traditional recipe for fairy wine.

  • 7 lbs. elderberries, stripped and stalked
  • 3 gallons boiling water
  • 6 cloves
  • 3 lbs. loaf sugar
  • 1 lb. seedless raisins
  • 1/2 oz. ground ginger
  • 1/2 oz. yeast

Place the berries in a large pot, and cover with the boiling water. Let the pot rest for twenty-four hours, then mash the fruit and strain it through a jelly bag. Place the strained fruit back in the pan, and add the cloves, sugar, raisins, and ginger. Boil this mixture for one hour, skimming constantly. Let it cool, and add the yeast. Bottle and cork the mixture, and let it rest for at least three months.

~courtesy of Tammy Sullivan

qqqqqThis bath will aid in sinus relief and cold symptoms, increase metabolism and ease muscular pain. It is a very rejuvenating bath.

  • 1/2 cup yarrow flowers
  • 1/2 cup elder flowers
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup rose petals

Place in a cheesecloth or nylon bundle and let seep in the bath for a few minutes and enjoy. The bundle can be used to gently scrub the body as well.

Note: You can also prepare a hot infusion of chamomile, yarrow flowers , elder flowers and mint leaves to drink while in the bath.

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