How to Take Amazing Selfies

How to Take Amazing Selfies

5 Tips for Beeautiful Selfies

Remember the days of waiting weeks to see how your pictures developed? Now that almost everyone has a smart phone, we can see how our pictures turned out immediately, and we can take as many as we want without wasting film! Did you know that the “average” American takes over 1,000 photos a year, some topping over 180 a month? For better or worse, you’re most likely going to be in quite a few of photos.

That’s why it’s so meaningful for you to feel comfortable in front of the camera. When you feel confident and comfortable, you look good! Read on for tips that will take the guesswork out of taking selfies and being on video.

1. Invest in effective skincare –

Clear, plump, moisturized skin will leave you with a healthy glow that shows on camera. Conversely, dead, dry skin can accentuate wrinkles and reflect the light unfavorably, making your complexion appear dull and lifeless. To prepare skin, we suggest you gently cleanse with our Herbal Cleansing Bar, a detox soap with botanicals to calm redness and help minimize pores.  After cleansing, apply a light moisturizer, like our Royal Jelly, Green Tea, and Vitamin B3 Face Cream. It will leave your complexion immediately looking dewy and fresh, and will help to rejuvenate skin and even skin tone over time.

2. Get the right lighting –

Lighting plays a huge role in how you appear in photos and videos. Have you ever noticed that professional photographers have so many contraptions to reflect and filter light?  The right lighting can make you look even more mah-velous, darling!

You want to aim for soft, natural light, and you’ll want your face facing the light.  Bright, harsh, (like full-on sunlight) can cast unfavorable shadows, accentuate wrinkles, and cause you to squint.  You’ll also want to avoid bright lights or windows directly behind you. This wall cause your face to become covered in shadows. (Remember those true crime type shows where the interviewee was hiding their identity by being back lit so their face was blacked out?)

For bright outdoor shots, head for soft or dappled shade. For shots on rainy days or in a dark room, you’ll want one or two warm lights pointing directly at you. You want to avoid harsh, overhead lighting.

Overcast days are actually pretty sweet for taking selfies. The diffuse light isn’t overly bright and is flattering because it doesn’t cause harsh shadows.

3. Angle and Distance-

Changing the angle of your phone can make a huge difference in your selfie.  (My phone has face recognition and groups photos by person.  Even my phone is like, “Is this really you?” when the pic is taken from an unflattering angle. Thanks phone, for not recognizing me in that picture!)

Experiment with taking pictures from different angles and at different heights. You can also try different facial expressions, and focus your eyes on different points. Remember to look at the lens, not the screen if you want your photo to appear to be looking at the viewer.  Try looking up and to either side for a fun whimsical type pose.  Photos taken at slightly above eye level and slightly to the side are usually the most flattering. (Did you know that no one has a symmetrical face, and most people prefer one side over the other?)

Make sure your posture is good. Sit or stand up straight. Picture someone has a string attached to the top of your head and is pulling you straight up. Try looking straight ahead, then lowering your chin just slightly.

For videos or meetings, prop up your webcam so that it is just above eye level.

Woman taking selfie on phone

4. Background-

Be aware of your background. Too much clutter is distracting for the viewer, and may reveal something you would rather not.

Before your meeting/ video/ or photoshoot begins, double check what is visible behind you and remove anything distracting or that you don’t want shown.

5. Take plenty of photos-

There’s no reason not to. Even professional photographers take many more photos than what they actually use. You may find a certain angle or lighting that you really like through experimenting and taking many photos.  You might also find that some photos work for a certain application, while others don’t.  You can also play around with different lenses and filters on your phone. When everything is said and done, you can always delete the extra photos afterwards.

Be confident and comfortable-

Nothing is more beautiful than a woman who is confident and comfortable in her own skin. Feeling at ease, and feeling like yourself will show your authentic beauty in the photos. Relax, don’t take yourself too seriously, or try to be too stylized or posed. Think about things that make you smile and feel confident. Wear clothes that you feel beautiful and comfortable in.

Taking beeautiful selfie photos will most likely require a little bit of practice, but it doesn’t have to be difficult or stressful. You might even grow to love having your life and memories documented through photographs.

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Stress is Affecting Your Skin

Stress is Affecting Your Skin

Ever looked in the mirror after a stressful time in your life and wondered exactly when you started looking so old and tired?  Or maybe the last time you went through something stressful, a huge pimple erupted on your face. Did you know that stress plays a role in a healthy complexion?

 

Stress: The Mind-Body Connection

 

First of all, let’s define stress and what it does in your body.

Stress is a physiological response caused by an emotion that is triggered by something in your world. It can be a feeling of overwhelm, or difficulty coping with a situation that can range from life threatening to something relatively harmless. You could be stressed from planning a surprise birthday party, speaking in public or from waiting for test results from your doctor. What causes you stress will be different than what causes other people stress, but the processes started in the body by stress are the same for everyone.

When you encounter a stressful situation, your body responds by producing cortisol. Think of it as your body sounding a huge fire alarm bell. Cortisol is the “fight or flight” hormone, which would be really useful if there were an actual fire, maybe not so much to plan that surprise party or cope with a difficult work assignment.

The trouble comes in when we are constantly in a state of stress. Think of it like driving your car. Sometimes you need to put the pedal to the floor or slam on the breaks to keep yourself safe, but if you drive your car that way all the time, you’re going to wear it out quickly.

Cortisol released over an acute incident, like your child breaking his arm, gives you the burst of energy you need to handle the situation, and then calm down. Too much cortisol over an extended amount of time can cause inflammation in our body, decrease the efficiency of our immune system, and throw off the balance of good bacteria in our gut.

How Stress Affects Your Skin

 

So with this increased inflammation and out of whack gut biome, we can expect some skin issues.

Acne

Cortisol boosts sebum production (because in that fight or flight response you might need to be slippery to escape, right? Just kidding)

. This excess oil can clog your pores and lead to pimples. Your gut biome being out of whack makes it harder for your body to fight off infection and heal.

Sensitive Skin

As the inflammation in our body increases, our reactivity to mostly benign substances does, too. In plain English, you can get a rash or hives from your laundry soap, just because your body is so inflamed. This inflammation will also exacerbate any preexisting conditions, like eczema or psoriasis.

Dry Skin

Stress has been shown to impair the barrier function of your skin. This basically means that it’s not as good as keeping the moisture inside and the germs and bad stuff outside.  As the barrier function deteriorates, your skin will dry out faster and faster. This will lead to dry, flaky skin, and the drier the skin becomes, the more wrinkles will show up. Which leads me to my next point.

Wrinkles

All this cortisol breaks down collagen  and elastin. This will accelerate the aging process, as skin becomes loosely attached and more deeply wrinkled because of the loss of collagen. Frowning and furrowing your brow can also increase wrinkles.

Dark Circles and Puffy Eyes

With the loss of collagen and elastin, the delicate skin around the eyes can become puffy and a bit droopy. Couple that with the lack of sleep many people experience when they’re stressed and instead of wearing your heart on your sleeve, you’ll be wearing your problems on your face.

5 Simple Steps to Ease Stress

So we’ve talked about how stress is affecting your skin, and barely touched on the effect it has on the rest of your body, but I think it’s enough to consider some things we can do to decrease the amount of stress in our lives.

 

1. Prayer and Journaling

There are many things that are beyond our control, and there are many things that worry us that aren’t really that important. The good news is that our Heavenly Father wants to hear all of it, and loves to comfort and guide us. Make a quiet, uninterrupted time to pray or write in a prayer journal. You’ll find  your load much lighter.

 

 

2. Maintain a healthy lifestyle

Eating a balanced diet full of antioxidants, getting enough sleep, and staying hydrated can help negate some of the effects of stress. Staying physically active can also help to lower stress hormones and help you get a good night’s sleep.

 

 

3. Take a Deep Breath

Deep breathing has been proven to decrease blood pressure, improve digestion, boost the immune system and help you think more clearly. Try the 7/11 breathing technique right now and see if you don’t feel a bit calmer. Take a deep breath in, counting to 7. (Make sure you’re belly is expanding out a bit on inhale. This helps ensure that you’re taking deep full breaths, not higher shallow ones.) Slowly breathe all the air out of your lungs, timing it to a count of 11.

 

 

4. Take Time for Recreation

You really need to make time to enrich your life. Schedule things into your life that energize and excite. This could be taking a hot bath, reading a good book, going hiking, taking a new class, the possibilities are endless, and the only requirements are that you enjoy it.

 

 

5. Take Time for Self Care

Taking time to relax and pamper yourself with healthy skincare products can overcome some of the negative effects of stress on your complexion. Set time aside every day to do your skincare ritual. Enjoy the aromatherapy benefits of your products, feel the oils as they’re slowly absorbed into your skin. Really be present in the moment, paying attention to your senses. Stick to your routine even on days when you’re tired or anxious.

If you’d like to get started on a healthy skincare routine today, check out our line of all natural beeswax skincare.

 

 

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Benefits of Probiotics in Your Skincare Routine

Benefits of Probiotics in Your Skincare Routine

Probiotics have been around since, well since bacteria has been around. The term probiotics was coined by a German scientist in 1953, but people knew the health benefits of fermented foods long before that. People in ancient times were fermenting milk into yogurt, and making brewed fermented beverages to improve health. If it’s good for your insides, there is no reason that it wouldn’t be good for your outsides, and new research is proving that probiotic skincare has many benefits.

What are probiotics, anyway?

 

Just in case you’re not on the probiotics bandwagon yet, they’re basically just bacteria. The big deal with probiotics is that these germs actually benefit their host and improve health. Taken internally, probiotics can improve digestion, help with bloating and cramps, and strengthen the immune system.  Probiotics also provide important vitamins to their host as a by product of their digestion (like B Vitamins.) Part of the way probiotics work is to take the place of harmful bacteria in your body.

 

 

How do probiotics in skincare work?

Probiotics in skincare work pretty much the same way taking probiotics internally does. They help re balance the biome, or level of good vs bad bacteria, which helps skin stay calm and flourish. When your skin biome is optimally balanced, it works better, balancing oil production, staying moisturized longer, and safeguarding against free radicals.

It’s important to add probiotics into your skincare routine because any antibacterial soap, retinoid, or peroxide on your face disrupts the delicate balance and leaves room for the bad guys to take over.

 

So, what are the benefits of probiotics in my skincare?

 

Reduce Redness & Inflammation

There is mounting evidence showing that probiotics in your skincare can help prevent and treat conditions like eczema, dry skin, and UV induced damage.

 

Boost Ceramide Production

Ceramides are a type of fatty acid that help lock moisture into your skin, keeping it plump and beautiful by diminishing fine lines and wrinkles.

 

Lower Skin pH

Healthy, normal skin has a pH of around 4.2-5.6, which means it’s slightly acidic. This helps prevent bad bacteria from growing on our skin, and optimizes many of the processes of healthy skin. As we age, our skin pH slowly starts creeping higher, eventually becoming slightly basic instead of acidic. This is when dull dry skin starts to show up. Probiotics often give off acidic molecules through their metabolism process. This can help aging skin maintain the proper, slightly acidic pH.

 

Protects Against Free Radicals

Free radicals are a fact of life. They’re just angry little molecules that are missing an electron. They start of a cascade of electron stealing in whatever cells they come in contact with. These free radicals can damage DNA, lipids, and proteins, such as collagen. In addition to those lovely fatty acids that help our skin pH, probiotic metabolism also gives off long chain sugar type molecules that bind to free radicals before they can attack our cells.

As you can see, there are quite a few upsides to trying probiotics on your skin. Here’s one more, because probiotics give off pH lowering fatty acids, and crowd out bad bacteria, they make the perfect natural and beneficial preservative for our skincare line. We never use questionable ingredients like parabens in our products. All of our skincare is preserved through the power of probiotics! They’re making your product safe, and improving your complexion in one simple step.

 

 

 

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Rewind the Clock with these Anti-Aging Tips

Rewind the Clock with these Anti-Aging Tips

Everyone wants a healthy, radiant complexion, and the joy and confidence it brings when we’re looking our best, but what are the key steps to that healthy glow?

How to prevent your skin from aging with 7 simple steps.

The answer to a soft, dewy complexion may be easier than you think, but you’ll have to put in a little effort and planning. You can do this!

 

1. Stay hydrated

With warmer weather upon us, you need to stay on top of proper hydration.  You can become dehydrated from even simple tasks while working and playing in the hot summer sun.  Proper hydration keeps your skin and body functioning at optimum levels, so load up on water based drinks and watery fruits and veggies such as melons and cucumbers to stay hydrated.

 

2. Eat Your SPF

Eating a healthy diet full of anti-oxidants, healthy saturated fats, omega 3 fatty acids, and leafy greens can boost your body’s ability to handle the free radicals from UV light. Drinking iced green tea can help keep you hydrated, as well as provide your body with a powerful poly-phenol called EGCG. You could also try supplements like astaxanthin, vitamin D3, and resveratrol to boost your anti-oxidant protection.  You should avoid sugary and processed foods, as well as too much alcohol, as these promote inflammation and hinder the body’s ability to handle free radicals.

 

3. Boost your topical antioxidants

Free radicals are not your friends, and unfortunately, sunlight, chlorine, alcohol, some of the best parts of summer are full of them.  The best defense is to avoid them, but that’s not always possible.  Using a cream that contains green tea extract, niacinamide, vitamins C and E, or CoEnzyme Q10 will help minimize the damage to your skin from free radicals.

 

4. Moisturize

Sweating, swimming, salt, chlorine, sunshine and air conditioning all take a toll on skin. The need for moisturizing might not be as obvious during the warm summer months, but you still need to moisturize. Using a gentle all natural body butter can keep skin plump and rejuvenated.

5. Apply a peptide serum

As we age, collagen production naturally starts to decline. Providing your skin with peptides helps to boost collagen production and make skin more firmly attached, along with giving your skin an extra shot of moisture. Use a lightweight serum under your favorite moisturizer

 

6. Protect your eyes from sun damage

The skin around your eyes is delicate and all the sunlight and swimming can be especially harsh on it.  Wear a hat and/or sunglasses with UV protection and wear goggles while swimming.  A soothing anti-oxidant rich cream, like our Bright Eyes Vitamins + Minerals Eye Cream can soothe delicate skin and provide a bevy of topical vitamins and minerals.

 

7. Exfoliate

The best way to recharge your skin and keep it looking bright and beautiful is to exfoliate your skin once a week. This gently sloughs off the dry outer layer of skin cells, which can appear dull and contribute to wrinkles. Apply a natural body scrub once a week to slough off dead skin cells and reveal younger, glowing skin.

 

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Summer Beauty Guide – Updated

Summer Beauty Guide – Updated

This post was originally written in 2019, and was updated July 2020.

Everyone lets loose a little in the summer. Long weekends, picnics, days at the beach, vacations, fun drinks and bbqs under the summer sun are good for the soul, but maybe not as much for the complexion.  Here are some quick and easy tips to keep your complexion glowing while you’re livin’ easy.

Summer Beauty Guide: 10 Tips for beautiful skin all summer long.

You’ll be spending more time in the beauty of the outdoors, exposing your skin to sun, wind, water, possibly chlorine, and maybe a more rigorous shaving routine than you applied this winter.  All this can leave you with an irritated complexion. With just a little time and planning, you can avoid the pitfalls of sun, razor, and wind burn.

1. Stay Hydrated

With warmer weather (eventually) upon us, you need to stay on top of proper hydration.  You can become dehydrated from even simple tasks while working and playing in the hot summer sun.  Proper hydration keeps your skin and body functioning at optimum levels, so load up on water based drinks and watery fruits and veggies such as melons and cucumbers to stay hydrated.

2. Wear SPF?

It’s important to remember to apply sunscreen. Choose a broad spectrum sunscreen that has at least an SPF of 30. Apply a generous layer (about a shot glass for your entire body) to all exposed skin about 15 minutes before going out into the sun. Remember to reapply after sweating or swimming, or about every 2 hours.  Always look for a sunscreen that has the active ingredients listed, and please don’t make your own.  (Zinc is a charged particle, and it’s difficult to make a formulation that doesn’t end up having microscopic holes in the coverage because the zinc microscopically clumped together over time.)

Newer studies are showing that being in the sunlight without sunscreen may increase your risk of skin cancer, but won’t decrease your life expectancy. In fact, being in the sun has been shown to actually increase your life expectancy (as well as your risk of non-lethal skin cancers).  Sporadic and extreme sun exposure has been shown to increase your risk of lethal skin cancers, while consistent exposure increases nitric oxide in the blood, which decreases blood pressure.  See the study by Lindqvist and this blog post discussing Dr. Weller’s work for more information.

This obviously doesn’t address the dreaded sun spots and premature wrinkling from being in the sun, but it’s really given me food for thought and some good information about sunscreen!

3. Boost Your Topical Anti-oxidants

Free radicals are not your friends, and unfortunately, sunlight, chlorine, alcohol, some of the best parts of summer are full of them.  The best defense is to avoid them, but that’s not always possible.  Using a cream that contains green tea extract, niacinamide, vitamins C and E, or CoEnzyme Q10 will help minimize the damage to your skin from free radicals.  (Keep an eye out for our newest product, Repair and Restore After Sun Cooling Gel)

Our Repair and Restore After Sun Gel is full of antioxidants and vitamins to protect skin from the after effects of too much sun.  It also contains cooling essential oils and aspen bark extract to help with the heat.

4. Protect Your Eyes from Sun Damage

The skin around your eyes is delicate and all the sunlight and swimming can be especially harsh on it.  Wear a hat and/or sunglasses with UV protection and wear goggles while swimming.  A soothing anti-oxidant rich cream, like our Bright Eyes Vitamins + Minerals Eye Cream can soothe delicate skin and provide a bevy of topical vitamins and minerals.

5. Exfoliate

The best way to recharge your skin and keep it looking bright and beautiful is to exfoliate your skin once a week. Apply a natural body scrub once a week to slough off dead skin cells and reveal younger, glowing skin.

6. Moisturize

Sweating, swimming, salt, chlorine, sunshine and air conditioning all take a toll on skin. The need for moisturizing might not be as obvious during the warm summer months, but you still need to moisturize. Using a gentle all natural body butter can keep skin plump and rejuvenated.

7. Eat your SPF

Eating a healthy diet full of anti-oxidants, healthy saturated fats, omega 3 fatty acids, and leafy greens can boost your body’s ability to handle the free radicals from UV light. Drinking iced green tea can help keep you hydrated, as well as provide your body with a powerful poly-phenol called EGCG. You could also try supplements like astaxanthin, vitamin D3, and resveratrol to boost your anti-oxidant protection.  You should avoid sugary and processed foods, as well as too much alcohol, as these promote inflammation and hinder the body’s ability to handle free radicals.

8. Get a Faux Glow

We all know that too much sun isn’t good for us, but who doesn’t love a healthy, sun-kissed complexion.  You can opt for a sunless tanner to get your glow on.  Sunless tanners do still cause some oxidation on the outer layers of skin, so it’s not ideal for every day, but it’s a safe way to glow for special occasions. Make sure to shave and exfoliate before applying sunless tanner, and take your time making sure there are no streaks.

9. Keep Bug Bites at Bay

It’s only a matter of time before a biting insect finds you too delectable to pass up. Itchy bug bites can lead to infection and scarring. Ward them off with a natural insect repellent like our Happy Camper Lotion. You’ll keep mosquitoes away while moisturizing skin with organic oils and probiotics.  You can also lather up with a gentle soap scented with insect repellent essential oils, such as our Happy Camper Bar. (Keep the bar in your dresser drawer until you’re ready to use it to impart the scent of essential oils onto your clothes.)

 

10. Wear Breathable Fabrics

Loose, billowy clothes made out of natural fabrics, such as cotton or linen, allow air flow on your skin and help wick moisture away.  This protects skin from staying damp and chapping and chafing.

Don’t neglect your skin the summer!

Summer is full of fun and busyness, and it’s easy to neglect your skincare routine, but the effects of dehydration and too much sun can last long after summer is gone. It’s important to take time to take care of yourself. You only get one body, and it’s got to last your entire life!

 

 

Sources: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/09/010903092015.htm

https://www.instyle.com/beauty/25-best-summer-skin-tips-ever

https://www.aad.org/public/skin-hair-nails/skin-care/summer-skin-problems

Immune Boosting Elderberry and Rosehip Syrup

Immune Boosting Elderberry and Rosehip Syrup

Where the elderberries grow

Every year at about the time of our anniversary, Josh and I scope out where the delicate lacey blooms of the elderberry tree are plentiful.  They often grow along the road or beside vacant houses.  You’ll basically find them anywhere a bird might find a snack and poop out some elderberry seeds.
You have to be careful that you can recognize elderberries, as some of their cousins, such as dogwood or virginia creeper, get berries that could look the same to the untrained eye, and are poisonous.

Elderflowers bloom in Michigan around the third week of June.

Elderberries on the bush. They grow in clusters a little larger than a cup saucer.

Alternately, you can buy dried elderberries from most herb or health food sites. If you’re not sure what is or isn’t an elderberry, definitely go this route.

Benefits of Elderberry Syrup

You might not be sure why you should about elderberries.  These dark purple little berries have been used for centuries to protect from colds and the flu. Modern science is now proving what folk lore touted, too! Science has proven that elderberries have anti-viral properties, and that their high anti-oxidant and polyphenol content help boost the immune system.  One study showed that patients taking elderberry syrup had flu symptoms shortened by 4 days compared to the placebo group.  Another Australian study showed that travelers who took elderberry syrup before travelling were less likely to catch a cold on the flight, and if they did, it was less severe and shorter duration than those who didn’t take elderberry syrup. Elderberry syrup may be an easy way to decrease the odds of someone coming down with a cold on your winter vacation to Disney World.

Precautions to be aware of when making elderberry syrup

So, now that you know why you care about elderberries and you’re gung ho to make some yourself, there are some precautions that you MUST be aware of before starting.
1. As I mentioned before, many poisonous wild berries could be confused for elderberry. Make sure that you can properly identify elderberry if you’re going to pick your own.

2.  The sticks and stems of elderberry contain a type of cyanide.  This means that you need to properly remove all the stems from your berries before making syrup. The berries grow in a large cluster with tiny little stems, sort of like a grape stem.  It takes quite a while to destem even a small amount of elderberries. It’s the most labor intensive part of the whole process.

3. The berries also contain cyanide, so they should be cooked before being eaten to deactivate the hydrocyanic acid. Also, pick out all the unripe berries.  (If you’ve ever tried a raw elderberry, it’s not a problem waiting until their cooked. They have a very bitter, almost metallic taste.  It’s hard to believe that a berry so unappetizing can make such a delicious syrup or wine.)

Alright, the fine print is out of the way, and it’s pretty benign compared to some of the side effects listed on some drug commercials, so don’t let it scare you!

 

 

 

Benefits of Rosehips

Rosehips are another key ingredient in this syrup.  Hey, if elderberries are good for you, they can only get better when they’re combined with other immune boosting compounds, right?  Rosehips are an excellent source of vitamin C, and have been used as an immune booster to help the body fight foreign invaders. They also have some anti-inflammatory properites, as well, which is why they’re used as in treatment of rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. (Some studies have shown that rosehips decrease blood levels of CReactive Protein – a culprit contributing to many autoimmune and metabolic diseases.)

If you’re into wild crafting, you can find wild rose hips easy enough.  Watch around mid-june for wild roses.  You can let your nose lead the way! They usually grow in groups on wild land, and they make the air heavy with their rich aroma.  Mark where you found the bush, because you’ll have to come back in the fall to get the rosehips.

Wild Rose Flower

Wild Rosehip (Fall after the blooms fall off)

 

 

The rose hip is the seed pod that is left in the fall after all the flower petals are gone. We have a few wild rose bushes in our yard, and we try to gather them after the first frost.  The frost makes them a bit sweeter, I’ve read. If you’re not into traipsing through the brambles in search of rosehips, they’re readily available at health food stores and amazon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Juicing the elderberries

After carefully destemming the elderberries into a tub of coldwater, we skimmed the unripe berries and any other unwanted things off the top of the water. The ripe berries generally sank, while the unripe berries, little pieces of twigs, or any unlucky little creatures usually floated.
Most recipes call for dried berries boiled in water, but we decided to use actual elderberry juice extracted from the berries with a squeeze-o-strainer.  I think this method is the best way to go to get all the goodness from the elderberries, but it’s considerably more work than using dried berries and boiling them in water (and you won’t find fresh elderberries anywhere this time of year.)

Our first attempt to juice the berries was using our old cast iron enterprise wine press and sausage stuffer. The elderberries are so small and firm that it just didn’t squish very many of them. Our second attempt was to use a food mill, which also produced lackluster results.

Our third attempt with the squeeze-o-strainer worked wonderfully.  Just a heads up, though. Elderberry seeds are full of some sort of REALLY, REALLY STICKY STUFF.  We had a hard time getting the squeeze-o-strainer cleaned up.

And Finally…..The Elderberry and Rosehip Syrup Recipe!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups elderberry juice or 1/2 cup dried elderberries + 3 cups water
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 Tablespoon of fresh ginger, chopped
  • 1 Teaspoon of cloves, crushed
  • 1/4 cup dried rosehips or 3/4 cup fresh rosehips
  • 1 Cup BLB Raw Honey

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients EXCEPT THE HONEY to the pot.
  2. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for about 45 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool to room temp.
  4. Pour contents of pot through a strainer to remove ginger, cloves, rosehips, (and dried elderberries if using)
  5. Add honey to juice and mix well.
  6. Keep refrigerated for up to 6 months, or freeze to use at a later time.

 

If you’re looking to purchase supplies for elderberry syrup, check out Starwest Botanicals or Atlantic Spice Company for dried elderberries. If you’re looking for an all in one kit, try pairing Alex’s Elderberries with some raw BLB honey!

This elderberry syrup is really tasty, and I feel like it’s helped me over the hump with a few colds now. I highly recommend it!

Have you ever wildcrafted any recipes or made elderberry syrup before?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!