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Kratom South Africa

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What is Kratom South Africa?

Kratom South Africa supplies bulk Kratom. Kratom is a tropical tree (Mitragyna speciosa) native to Southeast Asia.

Throughout history, humans have used plant-derived materials (often referred to as “herbal” or “botanical” remedies) to treat diseases, cope with the stresses of life, and achieve altered states of awareness. Even with the development of modern pharmaceuticals and medical practices, many people still use herbal remedies either as alternatives to or in conjunction with mainstream medical care.

Kratom has been widely used in Southeast Asia for hundreds of years. In Thailand, kratom use typically involves ingestion of the plant’s raw leaves or consumption of teas that are brewed or steeped from the leaves. Kratom leaves are used for their complex, dose-dependent pharmacologic effects. Low to moderate doses (1-5 g) of the leaves reportedly produce mild stimulant effects that enable workers to stave off fatigue. Moderate to high doses (5-15 g) are reported to have opioid-like effects. At these doses, kratom has been used for the management of pain, diarrhea, and opioid withdrawal symptoms, as well as for its properties as a euphoriant. Very high doses (>15 g) of kratom tend to be quite sedating and can induce stupor, mimicking opioid effects.

Many people buy Kratom South Africa for a variety of reasons.

Kratom contains a chemical called mitragynine. This chemical works like opioid drugs such as codeine and morphine to relieve pain. Some people take kratom to avoid the symptoms of opioid withdrawal and because kratom may be bought more easily than prescription drugs.

As a medicine, kratom is used for anxiety, cough, depression, diabetes, diarrhea, high blood pressure, pain, to improve sexual performance, and to lessen symptoms of opiate withdrawal.

In fact, many South Africans use it for:

  • Anxiety.
  • Cough.
  • Depression.
  • Diabetes.
  • Diarrhea.
  • High blood pressure (hypertension).
  • Opiate withdrawal.
  • Pain.

Herbology supplies bulk Kratom in 500g an 1kg options.

We suggest talking about using Kratom with your doctor.

Caution is advised and it is not recommended to use Kratom together with any opioid medication.

Kratom also has the potential to become addictive, so it is important to monitor and use responsibly.

Long term abuse may cause liver damage.

 

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Why Turmeric and Black Pepper Is a Powerful Combination

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Why You Should Combine Turmeric and Black Pepper

Turmeric is a spice that comes from the turmeric plant. It is commonly used in Asian food. You probably know turmeric as the main spice in curry. It has a warm, bitter taste and is frequently used to flavor or color curry powders, mustards, butters, and cheeses. But the root of turmeric is also used widely to make medicine. It contains a yellow-colored chemical called curcumin, which is often used to color foods and cosmetics.

Turmeric is commonly used for conditions involving pain and inflammation, such as osteoarthritis. It is also used for hay fever, depression, high cholesterol, a type of liver disease, and itching. Some people use turmeric for heartburn, thinking and memory skills, inflammatory bowel disease, stress, and many other conditions, but there no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

Many find benefit to taking 400-600 mg of turmeric extract in pill form up to three times a day or as suggested by the label. Look for a supplement that is paired with black pepper to aid in absorption, or add black pepper with turmeric in culinary use. Try and get a product standardized for 95% curcuminoids.

Turmeric is an herb descended from the ginger spice family and is widely used throughout India, Asia and Central America to enhance the color and flavors of foods. Turmeric’s various medicinal benefits are highly associated with its active ingredient, curcumin. Curcumin is acquired from the stems of the herb and is widely known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients can play an important role in combatting inflammation, arthritis, and problems of the stomach, skin, liver, gallbladder, or certain cancers.

Like turmeric, black pepper contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, making it potentially helpful for managing inflammatory conditions and reducing free-radical damage.

Research has shown that piperine, the main active ingredient in pepper, may reduce inflammation associated with chronic diseases like asthma, arthritis, chronic gastritis, and Alzheimer’s, according to a review published in January 2018 in Journal of Translational Medicine.

How to Increase Turmeric Bioavailability
There are two things you can do to help your body absorb turmeric better. Since curcumin is fat-soluble, taking turmeric supplements along with a meal containing fat or oil can help your body absorb it better. But you can also increase the bioavailability of turmeric and curcumin by combining it with black pepper.

Why Does Black Pepper Help Turmeric Bioavailability?
Black pepper contains a substance called piperine, which studies show increases the bioavailability of turmeric’s antioxidant compounds by as much as 2000% Piperine enhances the beneficial effects of turmeric by making curcuminoids more accessible by the body. Experts say it does so in two ways, both of which are related to digestion.

First, piperine helps your body absorb more of the beneficial turmeric compounds by making it easier for those compounds to pass through the wall of the intestines and make it into your bloodstream. From there, piperine helps slow the metabolic breakdown of curcumin, so it stays in your system longer, increasing its bioavailability.

The best way to take advantage of these spices is to crush them up using a mortar and pestle and put them into capsules.

You can buy vegan empty capsules here and a capsules machine filler here.

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How To Make A Hydrosol

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Hydrosol – Flower essences

Maybe you have heard it mentioned in the ingredients of a face mist or room spray. Well, it certainly has a place there, because hydrosols can freshen up your complexion and your home!

Hydrosols are the delicious aromatic waters that are created during steam distillation of essential oils.

Hydrosols are different in their healing properties than aromatherapy spritzers where essential oils are simply added to water.  This is because in addition to small amounts of essential oil, hydrosols also contain water soluble healing compounds.  Among these compounds are plant acids which lend themselves beautiful as toners for the skin.  Hydrosols are generally considered to be gentler and safer to use than their essential oils counter parts.

Hydrosols, also known as floral water or hydrolats, are the byproduct of the essential oil distillation process.

They’re made of plant constituents, traces of essential oil and filtered water, which is what gives them their heavenly aroma.

Hydrosols are primarily composed of hydrophilic plant compounds and contain less than .02% of essential oil. Because it’s water-based, you don’t need to dilute them any further before applying.

You can use aromatic as well as non-aromatic plants when creating your homemade hydrosol. But given the choice between the two, why wouldn’t you choose something that smells divine? Some of the most popular hydrosols are made with aromatic plants, including:

  • Rose
  • Lavender
  • Orange blossom
  • Chamomile
  • Cucumber

There’s plenty of room for creativity. It’s common to add Thyme, Rosemary, Lemon Balm, Mints and other types of ingredients for the best possible outcomes.

Hydrosol uses include:

  • Effective facial toners for skin care
  • Wound healing
  • Anti-inflammatory, cooling
  • Skincare products: Serve as hydrating components in a product, e.g. cream, cleanser, etc.
  • Safe for infants and young children in baths (1 tbsp) or spritzers
  • Skin inflammation

How To Make Your Floral Perfume

To begin, grab a large stock pot and domed lid, a smaller heatproof bowl (such as a liquid measuring cup), some water, a bag of ice, and the rosemary, mint and grapefruit peels. You can use fresh or dried herbs, just be sure to buy organic, pesticide-free material whenever possible because you’re using it on your skin.

Place the heatproof bowl in the middle of your pot, arrange the herbs and fruit around it, and pour in your water. Now turn the lid upside down and place it on top of your pot with the handle directly over the smaller bowl. Put a bag of ice on top of the lid, then bring the water inside to a simmer.

Let the water simmer for about 25-30 minutes, replacing the ice periodically when it melts. As the steam rises in the pot, it will condense on the lid and drip down to the handle into the heatproof bowl, bringing good things from the herbs along with it!

Once you are finished simmering, remove the pot from the heat and take out the smaller bowl to let the aromatic water cool. Pour the cooled water into a darker colored, glass misting bottle and enjoy your new naturally scented perfume.

To keep the hydrosol from spoiling, store it in a cool location away from direct sunlight (the refrigerator is perfect). Your homemade hydrosol should last for between 8 and 18 months.

 

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How to make rosehip syrup

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Learn how to make Rosehip syrup

Rosehips are the round portion of the rose flower just below the petals. It is considered an “accessory fruit” of the rose plant and generally ripens in late summer to early fall. Its color usually ranges in tones from red to orange, but depending on the species, some “hips” may be a dark purple or even black.

Rosehips suggested uses include as a rich source of Vitamin C, with about 1700-2000 mg per 100 g in dried product; remedy for rheumatoid arthritis; reduces symptoms of knee and hip osteoarthritis; helps the immune system to fight off foreign invaders and out of control cells; facilitates fat metabolism; protects tissues from free radical damage; assists the nervous system by converting certain amino acids into neurotransmitters; prevents scurvy; protects joints and connective tissues; protects adrenal function; ability to prevent urinary bladder infections, and assist in treating dizziness and headaches; used externally in oil form to restore firmness to skin by nourishing and astringing tissue; brewed into a decoction, can also be used to treat constipation; and rose hips contain lots of iron, rose hip tea is used during menstruation to make up for iron loss.

Rosehip Syrup was sold commercially in the UK after the war by a company called Delrosa. English children were paid 3d per lb for rosehips harvested in the autumn to be made into rosehip syrup by the company Delrosa in Wallsend (near Newcastle). For many years after the war, Delrosa brand Rose Hip Syrup was supplied along with Delrosa Orange for babies, through baby clinics throughout the UK.

Rosehip syrup is both delicious and packed with vitamins, particularly vitamin C. It can be served over porridge, yoghurt or ice cream, diluted in a cordial drink, or as part of a cocktail.

RECIPE:

  • Large pot

  • 1 cup measuring cup

  • 2 large glass or stainless steel bowls

  • Mesh strainer

  • Glass jars

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup dried and sifted Rosehips (no seeds)

  • 2L filtered water

  • 1L filtered water

  • 1/2 – 1 cup raw unfiltered honey or sweetener of choice

  • Optional Spices: Cinnamon, clove, nutmeg

  • To increase shelf life you can also add some brandy to the syrup

DIRECTIONS

  • Bring 2L of filtered water to boil, turn down heat to simmer

  • Add Rosehips

  • Gently simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally

  • Strain Rosehips and put liquid aside. (Rose hips contain small hairs that are irritating to the digestive tract, so it’s really important to strain them out. If you don’t have a super fine mesh sieve, then line a strainer with a few layers of cheesecloth).

    You can squeeze the rose hips to get all of the liquid out if need be.

  • Add 1L water to same pot and bring to a boil

  • Add the strained rosehips and simmer for 20 minutes

  • Stain out Rosehips and add the strained liquid to the first batch of liquid

  • If you are using raw unfiltered honey, gently mix in honey to desired sweetness.

  • If you are using sugar or another sweetener, clean the pot and add the Rosehip liquid back to the pot then heat the Rosehip liquid to dissolve the sugar.

  • Store the rose hip syrup in the refrigerator and it will keep for up to 6 months. It can also be frozen for longer storage.

Rose hips have varying levels of natural pectin, and if you happen to get some with a lot of pectin it can sometimes cause the syrup to become more jelly-like, especially after being refrigerated.

 

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Herbal Teas for Insomnia

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Herbal Teas for Insomnia – South Africa

Herbal teas for sleep that make bedtime a breeze!

Good sleep is crucial to your overall health. Unfortunately, about 30% of people suffer from insomnia, or the chronic inability to fall asleep, stay asleep, or achieve restorative, high-quality sleep.

Herbal teas are popular beverage choices when it comes time to relax and unwind.

For centuries, they have been used around the world as natural sleep remedies.

Modern research also backs herbal teas’ ability to aid sleep.

Many find it hard to switch off after a long day staring at screens, so making time for a cup of antioxidant-rich tea can be a relaxing activity in itself.

However, when the tea also contains scientifically proven ingredients to aid relaxation and digestion, this small act can be an incredibly easy way to carve out some down-time, incorporate top herbs and spices into your diet, and form the basis for a relaxing bedtime routine.

Some of the most common ingredients to be included in sleepy tea is chamomile and lavender, both of which are widely believed to calm and relax the body and mind.

Alongside this, you might want to look out for liquorice, fennel and peppermint, which are excellent at adding natural sweetness to your brew and aiding digestion. Crucially your sleepy tea should be caffeine-free and rest assured, all of the ones included in this round-up fit the bill. The next time you’re tossing and turning, give one of these a try.

1. Chamomile
Chamomile is a friend with big benefits. Sweet and earthy, this tasty tea manages to lessen anxiety and lull you to sleep — so much so that it’s commonly thought of as a mild tranquilizer.

The calming effect is probably thanks to an awesome antioxidant called apigenin, which chamomile is loaded with.

2. Lavender
Everything else in your chill-time arsenal — lotion, pillow mist, bath bombs — is lavender-scented for a good reason: It’s calming AF. We can thank the ancient Greeks and Romans for the idea — they threw lavender into their baths and were obsessed with inhaling its soothing scent.

Research is limited, but a 2012 study found that women with insomnia scored better sleep after taking part in two 20-minute lavender aromatherapy sessions per week for 12 weeks. Not a bad deal.

3. Green
Green tea, which comes from the leaves of a plant called Camellia sinensis, is known for its many health benefits, including fat loss, improved brain function, and lower risk of cancer. But there’s even more to the story: If you sip some during the day, it may improve your sleep at night.

Why not before bed? The thing is, all green tea contains some caffeine. But one study showed that green tea with lower amounts of caffeine improved sleep and reduced stress.

4. Valerian root
Although it has researchers scratching their heads, this herb seems to be a handy little sleep aid. This may be because it increases levels of a neurotransmitter called GABA. If there’s enough GABA hanging around, it can make you sleepy.

A 2010 review of 18 studies found that valerian could be effective as a remedy for insomnia, although more conclusive research is needed.

5. Lemon balm
Hailing from the mint family, this fresh bad boy is often used in aromatherapy. A 2011 study on mice found that it increased GABA levels, suggesting lemon balm could act as a sedative. Easy-peasy, lemon balm squeezy.

6. Passionflower
Calming and floral, passionflower tea is made from the flowers, leaves, and stems of a plant called Passiflora incarnata.

One study found that participants who drank passionflower tea daily for just a week had way better sleep quality than those who didn’t drink it. Not too shabby!

7. Lemongrass
Citrusy and lemony, this tea has plenty of benefits to brag about. It’s also a longtime folk remedy for inducing sleep, alleviating pain, and boosting immunity. Sip and be well.

8. Peppermint
Since it’s naturally caffeine-free, you don’t have to worry about peppermint tea putting that extra pep in your step before bed.

There are many reasons to fill up your teacup with peppermint tea, but what’s really awesome is its ability to act as a muscle relaxant.

You can also mix up these herbs and make your own unique Sleepy time tea, even adding some Hops  or Ashwaganda root. Put in some organic honey if you’re looking for a bomb natural sweetener that’s also a throat and tummy soother.

It’s worth mentioning that you should drink these herbal teas for insomnia at least an hour before bed. If you drink it before bed you risk needing to get up and go to the loo which may just wake you up.

Cheers, here’s to a peaceful night’s sleep and clocking up some Z miles.

We stock many of the herbs listed above in our online Herbology herb shop – click here.

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How to Make a Tincture for Anxiety

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Learn how to prepare your own Herbal Tinctures South Africa.

People have been using herbs for thousands of years to treat many health conditions. Scientific studies indicate that certain herbs may help to alleviate the symptoms of anxiety.

A tincture is a concentrated liquid herbal extract. It is typically made by soaking herbs and other plant parts in alcohol for weeks to extract the active constituents. Alcohol is considered an excellent solvent because it is food grade and can extract herbal constituents (such as resins and alkaloids) that are poorly soluble in water. After a period of weeks, the herbal mixture is strained and the herb parts are removed, leaving behind the concentrated liquid.

Tinctures can be made from a single plant or a combination of plants. Fresh or dried leaves, roots, bark, flowers, and berries may be used to make tinctures. The plant part depends on the species of plant. Herbal tinctures are sold in health food stores, some drug and grocery stores, and online.

As with prescription medications, some herbal products can cause side effects. Herbal products may also take longer to begin working. People must consider these factors when weighing up the pros and cons of a particular treatment.

There can be serious interactions between certain herbs and medications. A person who is taking any kind of medication should consult their doctor before they begin taking herbal products.

Anxiety can take a serious toll on our lives. Depending on its severity, it can result in panic attacks, chest pain, or even social isolation. When anxiety becomes chronic, it can interfere with our sleep, our work, and our relationships. It can even lead to a compromised immune system and depression.

Herbal medicine can support you in decreasing feelings of anxiety. However, anxiety treatment still requires a holistic approach. This can include incorporating practices such as meditation, exercise, quality sleep, and writing down your worries.

Safety considerations

Many herbs can interact with over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications. Some can increase or reduce the effects of certain drugs, potentially causing serious health effects.

People taking any kind of medication should consult their doctor or pharmacist before beginning herbal supplements.

They should also be aware that herbal remedies can take longer to start working than prescription medications.

If a person needs more advice about an herbal product, they should consult a qualified herbalist about brand, strength, and quantity.

This combination of the herbal tincture below works beautifully together to create peace and to build a foundation of stress resilience. The resultant potion is shelf-stable and can last for years. You can ingest it directly through a dropper or add it to a beverage such as tea.

You could also consider adding other herbs like Lavender and if you do not like cinnamon then don’t add it.

How to Make a Tincture for Anxiety

Total Time: 6 weeks

Preparation Time: 10 minutes, twice

Maceration Time: 6 weeks

Ingredients:

Materials:

  • Blender
  • 1l jar
  • Funnel
  • cheesecloth
  • Amber tincture bottle
  • Mini funnel (fits your tincture bottle)
  • 1 amber glass bottle

How to Make A Tincture for Anxiety Step-by-Step:

    • Check with your doctor to determine whether these herbs + alcohol are safe for you.
    • Blend the herbs and transfer them to a large glass sealable jar
    • Cover the herbs with 43% vodka (Smirnoff or Russian Bear, you can also use Gin or Cane)
    • Let sit for 6 weeks in a dark spot and shake daily (or when you remember!

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How to make Barley Water

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Learn how to make Barley Water

Barley water. As one of the most ancient cultivated grains in the world, barley originated in Ethiopia and Southeast Asia, where it has been cultivated since 8000 B.C.E. It is thought that post-Ice Age climatic changes, plus barley’s development of a hardened rachis, which prevented early grain scattering, allowed for better barley cultivation.

As one of the first cereals cultivated in the Middle East, barley was used by ancient civilizations as a food for humans and animals, as well as to make alcohol. Actually, the first known recipe for barley wine dates back to 2800 B.C.E. in Babylonia. Barley water has also been used for various medicinal purposes since ancient times.

The best-known brand of barley water concentrate, Robinsons, now part of Britvic, developed from the business established around 1818 by Matthias Robinson at Red Lion Street in Holborn, London producing barley flour as a thickening agent and for preparing baby and invalid foods, and, of course, as an easy way of making your own barley water at home.

Robinsons have associated their drink with the Wimbledon tennis championships and have promoted a story that “In 1934 a gentleman steward at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships mixed the barley flour with iced water, lemon juice & sugar for the 1st time.” But lemon barley water is very well known from long before then.

5 Potential Health Benefits of drinking Barley Water.

    1. Fibre boost. Many of barley’s health benefits come from it being an excellent source of dietary fiber. Fiber is essential for keeping the digestive system healthy, contributing to healthy bowel movements, and helping people avoid problems such as constipation. Researchers have linked a diet high in dietary fiber to a reduced risk of developing some chronic diseases. For example, people who eat plenty of fiber have a lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Barley is a soluble fiber, meaning it can dissolve in water and provides the body with useful energy. Fiber can also be insoluble, meaning it passes through the digestive tract without breaking down and does not provide the body with energy. The American Dietetic Association recommend that adult women eat 25 grams (g) and adult men eat 38 g of dietary fiber every day. Most people in the United States do not meet this target, so barley may be an easy way for people to increase their intake. In addition to its high fiber content, barley also contains a mix of beneficial vitamins and minerals.
    2. Lowers cholesterol. A 2010 analysis of clinical trials found that barley may reduce the level of LDL or “bad” cholesterol in the blood. While the results varied depending on the participant’s overall health and the doses and quality of barley used, the author’s concluded that eating or drinking barley products can be considered part of a plan to reduce total and LDL cholesterol.
    3. Helps balance gut bacteria. The balance of natural gut bacteria plays an essential role in keeping a person healthy. Studies have shown that consuming barley-based foods leads to a reduction of a gut bacteria called bacteroides.While these bacteria are not usually a threat, they are the most common species found in anaerobic infections, which occur after an injury or trauma. These infections can affect the abdomen, genitals, heart, bones, joints, and the central nervous system.
    4. Lowers blood sugar levels. Barley-based foods have been shown to help boost the number of beneficial bacteria prevotella in the gut. These bacteria have been shown to help lower blood sugar levels for up to 11–14 hours. Keeping blood sugar levels in check can help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. It can also help those who have diabetes manage their blood glucose levels.
    5. Encourages weight loss. Barley prompts the body to release hormones that regulate appetite by making the person feel fuller for longer. These hormones may also boost the metabolism, which can contribute to weight loss.

Barley Water Directions

Place the water and barley into a medium saucepan; cover, set over high heat and bring to a boil. Once the barley comes to a boil, decrease the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. While the liquid is cooking, peel the lemons, being careful not to cut into the white pith. Juice the lemons and place the juice along with the peel into a 3-quart pitcher and set aside.

After 30 minutes, strain the barley water through a fine mesh strainer into the pitcher. Discard the barley. Add the honey and stir to combine. Refrigerate until chilled.

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Herbology Herbs

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Buy Dried Herbology Herbs

Herbology Herbs online in South Africa. We supply a wide range of natural dried herbs and berries for all your cooking, herbal smoke blends and medicinal tincture needs.

From Ashwaganda root to Yellow Dock root, we stock a wide variety of local South African like African Potato and African Wormwood/Artemisia Afra/Umhlonyane. We also stock herbs that are not indigenous to South Africa, but provide medicinal benefits and are used as complementary medicines.

We will be adding more herbs to our online shop. If we do not have the herbs you are looking for then make use of the contact form and get in touch and we will see if we can source it for you.

Medicinal plants are useful to keep on hand to treat common ailments. You can reach for certain medical plants to relieve headaches, tummy trouble and even irritation from bug bites. Plants can be consumed in teas, used as garnish, applied topically as essential oil or consumed as a pill.

It’s important to remember that you should always double check with your doctor before consuming or using anything new for your body. If you choose to grow some of these plants, remember to take proper care according to the plant’s care guidelines and refrain from using any pesticides or other harmful chemicals on your plants. You don’t want any of those chemicals in or on your body!

What are herbal supplements? Products made from botanicals, or plants, that are used to treat diseases or to maintain health are called herbal products, botanical products, or phytomedicines. A product made from plants and used solely for internal use is called an herbal supplement. Herbal supplements may contain entire plants or plant parts.

Herbal supplements come in all forms: dried, chopped, powdered, capsule, or liquid, and can be used in various ways, including:

  • Swallowed as pills, powders, or tinctures
  • Brewed as tea
  • Applied to the skin as gels, lotions, or creams
  • Added to bath water

The practice of using herbal supplements dates back thousands of years. Today, the use of herbal supplements is common among South African consumers with a large proportion of the country using traditional healers and Herbalists. However, they are not for everyone. It is best to consult your doctor about any symptoms or conditions you have and to discuss the use of herbal supplements.

If you are wanting to buy Herbology Herbs in South Africa then see our online shop.

We courier our natural dried herbs all over South Africa.

 

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How to make Elderberry Syrup

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Elderberry Syrup South Africa

Elderberry Syrup. Elderberries are one of my most-used go-to remedies for cooler months. The dried berries of the Sambucus nigra plant are naturally high in immune-boosting compounds that are specifically shown to help beat the cold and flu more quickly. They can be used to make a variety of remedies, and my favorite is this simple Elderberry Syrup South Africa.

Elderberry: A Natural Remedy for Mild Colds and Flu?

There is certainly a time and a place for conventional medicine and doctors visits. Unfortunately, there isn’t much that conventional medicine can do for a common cold or even a mild case of the flu.

health benefits of elderberries 

  • Boost the immune system
  • Fight and protect against bacterial infections
  • Fight and protect against viral infections
  • Reduce the symptoms and duration of a cold or the flu
  • helps clear sinus infections
  • has natural diuretic effects and promotes bowel movements
  • anti-inflammatory properties
  • anti-carcinogenic properties
  • eases symptoms of allergies
  • high in antioxidants
  • high in vitamin A, which makes it great for healthy skin

Clearly elderberry is a powerful plant! Through the years I’ve tried to be consistent in having our whole family take elderberry syrup, especially during the cold and flu season. The problem? Elderberry syrup is expensive!

Below is a simple recipe to follow as well as a youtube video. For a longer shelf life you can add 1/4 cup brandy to this recipe.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup dried elderberries (58 grams)
  • 2 cups water (460 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional, but please use real cinnamon!)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger , minced (optional)
  • 1/2 cup honey (184 grams)

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Combine the elderberries, water, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger in a small saucepan over high heat and bring the mixture to a boil. Lower the heat and allow the mixture to simmer until the water has been reduced by half, about 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Pour the cooked berries and liquid through a fine mesh strainer, into a clean bowl, to strain out the berries. Use the back of a spoon to press on the berries in the strainer, to extract all of the juice, then discard the pulp that’s left in the strainer.
  • Allow the elderberry juice to cool to room temperature, so that the heat doesn’t harm the nutrients in the honey. Stir in the honey, using a whisk to incorporate it smoothly, then transfer the syrup into a sealed glass jar that you can store in the fridge.
  • This syrup should keep well for at least two weeks when stored in the fridge, so if you don’t think you’ll use it all before then, feel free to freeze any extras. You can always thaw it overnight in the fridge when you need more. Homemade elderberry syrup doesn’t become as thick as the store bought version because it uses less sugar and no preservatives or thickeners, so don’t be alarmed if the final syrup has more of a liquid consistency.