Every part of the hedgerow flourishing elder plant, native to the British Isles, has been used medicinally since the time of Hippocrates. Anti-inflammatory and anti-viral, the elder’s bark, roots, flowers, and berries have been homeopathically employed in various capacities for centuries, including as a diuretic and energy revitalizer in post-natal women.
However, herbalism aside, it simply wouldn’t be the British Summer without elderflower cordial – the elder’s delicate sprays of tender white flowers being so very ingrained in our cultural psyches. What’s more, an elderflower cordial is incredibly easy to make (not to mention tasty to sip, too).
Parched from Summer’s rising mercury? Try your hand at the recipe below and quench that thirst; just go easy if you’re pregnant. Otherwise, bottoms up (idiomatically speaking)!
NB: The cordial can be kept refrigerated for up to 6 weeks. It can also be frozen and defrosted as and when needed.
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