Killing Cold Season with Elderberry Syrup and Fire Tonic
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Kat Kausch is back for another year with two classes on Naturally making it through the cold and flu season. Join us and stay sniffle free.
Elderberry Syrup Workshop
Looking for a natural and healthy way to kick the cold season? Come learn all about Elderberry. We will discuss the various ways this herb is prepared and used, as well as make our very own Elderberry Syrup.
Elderberry syrup is a delicious and effective way to support the immune system during a cold or flu. The elderberries, found on the Elder shrub, have been used for thousands of years as food, medicine, and tools. The flowers, berries, leaves, and bark can all be used but the berries are renowned for their ability to prevent upper respiratory infections. Adults and kids alike enjoy this sweet syrup.
You will leave the class with one mason jars of freshly made Elderberry Syrup, a better understanding of this plant, recipes, and the happy feeling of bringing something naturally amazing into your life and starting your very own apothecary.
Bring your hands and an open mind. All materials will be provided. Most of the herbs will be organic, depending on availability.
Kitchen Cold Remedies
Looking to kick the cold season in a natural and convenient way? Come learn about the various culinary herbs that aid in fighting the common cold and that are found in your very own spice rack.
We'll be taking a closer look at 8 common culinary herbs and spices, their medicinal properties, and ways to prepare them. We will dive into the best herbal preparation for each plant, whether it be a warm tea, herbal steam bath, or infused honey. Observing and sampling as we go along! Then we'll roll up our sleeves and make Fire Tonic. Fire Tonic, better known as Fire Cider, is a traditional herbal cold remedy that is made infusing vinegar with powerful spices and vegetables. These spicy additions are immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, decongesting, and promote circulation. Popularized by herbalist Rosemary Gladstar in the 1980's, this fiery beverage has been prepared and passed down for many generations and is still greatly enjoyed today. So next time you feel cold symptoms coming on you'll be better prepared to reach into the spice cabinet! You will leave the class with one mason jar of freshly made Fire Tonic, recipes, and the happy feeling of bringing something naturally amazing into your life and starting your very own apothecary.
Bring your hands and an open mind. All materials will be provided. Most of the herbs will be organic, depending on availability. *Please note that herbs in this recipe are VERY hot and spicy.
About the Program Instructor
Kathryn Kausch is a current resident of Amherst. She is the owner of My Little Apothecary, an online herbal shop and educational resource, focusing mostly on medicinal teas, salves, and tinctures. Her mission is to spread herbal knowledge and encourage more people start their very own little apothecary.