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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Natural Medicine.


(images from Simply Happy Foodie and Wholefully )


For this badge bit, you will create elderberry syrup &/or gummies:
 - Make a journal page about a recipe for a elderberry syrup/gummies along with dosage information.
 - Make an elderberry syrup/gummies, with a picture of it being made, and of it being finished.

Optional:
 - Make a journal page about the uses and attributes and and how to ID and how to grow elderberry. Add it to the herb section.

Here are some links to guide you in researching elderberries and in creating your syrup/gummies:
  Flu Busting Gummy Bears - Wellness Mama
  The Proper Way to Make Elderberry Syrup • Franklin Institute of Wellness
  ELDERBERRY SYRUP GUMMIES - Simply Happy Foodie
  Homemade Elderberry Syrup and Gummies - Wholefully  

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must post:
 - a picture of your journal page about your recipe and dosage information for elderberry syrup.
 - a picture of your elderberries being harvested
 - a picture of your elderberries syrup being made
 - a picture of your completed elderberry syrup or gummies in a labelled container

Optional:
 - a picture of your journal page about elderberry's attributes, how to grow, and harvest (including a note about how to make them non-toxic)
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This is my submission of completion for "PEP BB medicine.sand.elderberrysyrup - Make an elderberry syrup"
I used this recipe from Wellness Mama to guide me: https://wellnessmama.com/1888/elderberry-syrup/

I was inspired by these permies threads and borrowed some ideas like adjusting the cooking heat to simmering instead of boiling:
- https://permies.com/t/99351/kitchen/Elderberry-toxicity-tinctures#1048229
- https://permies.com/wiki/133915/Elderberry-Book-Forage-Cultivate-Prepare

I intend take 1 tbsp of syrup every other day. I enjoyed making this elderberry syrup, and I think I will continue to make it. I foraged these elderberries in Western Washington, and I believe they are the blue elderberry variety.

Attached:
-Picture of Journal (updated)
-Picture of Harvest
-Picture of Cooking
-Picture of Completion
Elderberry_Harvest.jpg
Picture of Harvest
Picture of Harvest
Elderberry_Cooking.jpg
Picture of Cooking
Picture of Cooking
Elderberry_Complete.jpg
Picture of Completion
Picture of Completion
Elderberry_Journal.jpg
Picture of Journal (updated)
Picture of Journal (updated)
Staff note (Nicole Alderman) :

I hereby certify that this badge bit is complete!

 
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Nicely done! Could you add a line about dosage or how to use the elderberry syrup to your journal. That way it meets this requirement

a picture of your journal page about your recipe and dosage information for elderberry syrup.



Thanks!
 
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I made a version of elderberry syrup and blogged about it here: https://thenourishinghearthfire.com/2018/05/16/spiced-elderberry-oxymel-a-herbal-cold-and-flu-medicine/



Here is the recipe that I used (my own):

You will need:
Elderberries
Optional spices (see step 3)
Raw apple cider vinegar
Raw honey

1. First you will need to find an elderberry tree in fruit. I found these in the first month of autumn and in the garden of an old homestead we were visiting. Sometimes trees are on the side of the road, or branches are hanging over someone’s fence. Elder trees are beautiful to look at and many people have them growing in their garden as ornamentals that don’t end up being harvested. They’re supposed to be quite easy to grow, and the leaves and branches are good goat food.

2. Carefully harvest the bunches of fruits off the trees, gather as much as you’re likely to use. I started with around 2 litres of loosely packed bunches and ended up with around 1300ml of oxymel.

3. Wash the berries and gently strip the berries from the twigs into a cooking pot, it doesn’t matter if a few small twigs get in too. Mix in a small amount of water (for around 1200ml of berries at this stage I added half a cup). Add some spices now if you wish, I added 1/2 inch of grated fresh ginger, a pinch of ground cloves, 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg and 1 teaspoon cinnamon.

4. Bring the berries to the boil with the lid on, then remove the lid and continue to cook, while squashing the berries with a wooden spoon to extract the juice and evaporate some of the water. Do this for 10-20 minutes, being careful to not evaporate too much of the liquid, until it looks like you’ve squashed the berries as much as they can be squashed.

5. Filter the juice through a fine mesh sieve, then continue to squash the berries into the sieve to extract the last of the juice. Pour the juice into a measuring cup or jar to see how much you have. I ended up with 400ml of juice. Allow the juice to cool down to a blood-warm temperature.

6. When you can put some of the juice on the inside of your wrist without it hurting, pour the juice into a mixing bowl and add the same volume of raw cider vinegar and raw honey, so that you have 1 part elderberry juice, 1 part cider vinegar, and 1 part honey.

7. Pour into sterilised jars and store in a fairly cold and dry place. Take 1 tablespoon at a time, either on its own or mixed with water. It’s also good mixed with boiling water as a hot drink.



I think this qualifies as my first natural medicine badge bit!
 
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Here's my elderberry syrup!

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Recipe
Recipe
 
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And the rest of it
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Recipe
Recipe
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Ingredients
Ingredients
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In the pot and ready to cook
In the pot and ready to cook
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Finished syrup
Finished syrup
Staff note (Ash Jackson) :

I certify this BB complete!

 
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Here is my BB attempt! Of course, with the help of Perry, the Purple PEP Platypus.

Me harvesting the berries in a very dainty fashion (as per usual):


Box o' Berries:



Bowl o' Berries:



Ingredients prepped:



Cookin' berries:



Squishin' berries (and Perry?):



Adding honey:



Finished Product (3 cups hardly put a dent in the harvest!):



Journal Entry (sorry the images is rotated):




For easy reading:
- 2 cups fresh Elderberry
- 3 cups water
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 knuckle of ginger sliced
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 cup honey

Simmer all ingredients (except honey) for 30 minutes
Let cool, strain, remove ginger & sticks
Mash berries through strainers
Add 1 cup of honey


Staff note (Rob Lineberger) :

I admire your boldness putting the platypus bill so close to the purple dye. This BB is complete!

 
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BB for certification
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Recipe
Recipe
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Picking berries
Picking berries
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Destemming takes a while
Destemming takes a while
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Cooking
Cooking
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Straining
Straining
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Finished syrup
Finished syrup
Staff note (Rob Lineberger) :

I certify this BB as complete!

 
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