Homemade Elderberry Syrup Recipe

The science behind Elderberry Syrup being able to help fight off the flu has long been documented.

But here’s a recent study, with the write-up published by Science Daily to give you some more info.

Living in this strange pandemic time as we are, what we consider normal is constantly changing. But for me, my twins (who are 14) have gone back to school today, and i’ve been fending off all-the-feelings about that.

But one thing is true of our children returning to school after the ‘holidays’; colds and flu are rife. So in an effort to take care of my humans i’m doing the same thing I do every year – making a batch of Elderberry syrup. The antioxidants in elderberrys are well known in helping the immune system fight off colds and flu – and just giving it an all round boost.

(Disclaimer time – don’t eat them raw. They must be cooked through, and the stalks and stems must removed.)

Making the syrup is simple and takes about 30 mins of not doing much cooking at all; stand next to the pan, occasionally stir and sip your tea.

But it’s the magic that takes that extra effort, the berries are providing the science, it’s down to us to give it that little bit more.

The recipe is simple; equal parts berries and water – so a cup or bowl of berries, a cup or bowl of water.

You’re going to want to put a sweetener in there, as that helps with shelf life – but to be honest, I pick the berries and freeze them in batches, and make a syrup every three weeks or so, so I don’t have to put too much in. I use honey or maple syrup as a sweetener – and making small batches, of a cup of berries at a time, i put in approx three table spoons and then give it a taste. (You can put in some ginger root if you like a bit of spice, but my girlies don’t.)

I will pop a small piece of cinnamon in ~ this can be interchanged with the ginger if you don’t like it.

From the moment I think about making this recipe, i’m manifesting. And this is where the magic comes in. I’m holding my humans in my mind, consciously keeping them healthy and well through the winter months. As I pick up the fork and prong the berries from their stalks watching them fall into the bowl, I think of the branches that I picked them from, offering thanks for this harvest.

It has become an autumn ritual, an intrinsic part of my craft. Thinking about the warm summer and gentle rains that have nourished their growth.

As the pan begins to gently simmer, I pick up my tea and check the clock ~ i’m going to stand with this simmering pan for thirty mins now. Making sure it doesn’t burn or boil away.

I look at the liquid going a rich glossy burgundy, and as the cinnamon stick sways with my stirring circle, I hold the image in my mind of the tingly energy from the cinnamon sparking the magic to life; the health of me, the health of mine, so mote it be.

As you know, my magic usually works in three’s, but when it comes to this, the words just circle round and round in my mind. As many times as needed.

Once the thirty minutes is up, and the mixture has reduced a little, I strain the berries and cinnamon and decant into an airtight jar. Take 1 tsp a day all through the season. (And another at night if you can feel a sniffle coming on.)

I try to return what I use to the land – but I worry about dogs in the woods eating these squishy berries and being poorly. So I say thank you, and pop them in the bin.

Have a gentle winter lovely people,

Stay Safe

Jo x

How to Deactivate a Spell

Welcome to a little instructional blog ~ this week we’re going to talk about how to break down a spell. 

And the reason for this, is that when I first started on this path one of my biggest worries was getting a spell wrong, and if I did, how on earth was I supposed to stop it? 

If you’ve been on this journey for even a little while, you’ll probably hear lots of witches and spiritual people talk about protecting themselves, and this is very important. But it can also feel overwhelming, and it can also lead you to thinking that there are fifty thousand bad things out there just waiting to attack you.  Which isn’t the case. 

If the magic (spell or manifestation) that you are attempting to work has a deliberate negative outcome for someone else, then you’ve got to expect to get back what you put out. (Normally amplified.) That’s the natural order of things. And even protection will be hard pressed to protect you from an outcome you’ve invited in. 

But protection for the most part, is as simple as visualising yourself wrapped in a protective cloak, or using a (homemade or shop bought) protection spray or lighting a candle — all sorts of things will suffice. It’s all about what works for you. 

And I often think all the negative press surrounding ‘getting the right protection,’ can hold you back from trying to work spells and manifest good things ~ and we don’t want that. Magic is fun and joyful,  so grab yourself and piece of hematite, ask the stone to act as your protector, pop it in your pocket and start planning spells. 

But if you’re like me, and think that you might do something wrong and it will end up raining frogs, then knowing how to stop spells is a good place to start. 

I deactivate my spells with a little box. A pretty little box that I’ve had since I was a teenager. 

If I’ve used ingredients in spells; leaves,  rocks; anything that I can return to the land, river or ocean – I do that. 

If I’ve used crystals I will do my best to cleanse them; give them a blast with a tuning fork, leave them overnight in a jar of Himalayan rock salt, or put them on the window sill over a full moon or bright sunny day. If the spell was very powerful, I’ll do all of the above, just to make sure I’ve cleared any remanedent energy. 

But then I’m left with the written spell… Now I’m a firm believer in the power of words, and that power only grows when written. But I’m not comfortable tearing or burning my written spells. And this is one of the most important things; that we don’t do anything that intuitively we feel hinky about. If it feels wrong, then it is. 

So, I took my little box, wiped it over, gave it a blast with the tuning fork, and rubbed in my own blend of protection oil. Then I sat with the box for a bit, working through what I wanted it to represent  – and that was, when I put the finished spell in the box and closed the lid, that act would deactivate the magic. Letting any residual magic and energy lift into the ether, becoming a positive top-up to the wider universe. 

I’m going to talk about the science behind using sound to cleanse in the future. But for now, I give a full tour of my deactivation box in the vlog. 

Bright Blessings lovely humans. 

J x 

Tarot & Oracle decks

The Rider Waite was one of the original decks, printed in 1909. To read my review, please Click Here.

The Wicca Oracle is a beautifully pagan themed deck. For my review, please Click Here.

The Druid Craft Tarot is a standard tarot layout, for my review please Click Here.

This emotional Oracle deck is great for relationship based readings. For my review please Click Here.

Yasmin Boland’s deck has a lovely ethereal energy. Please Click Here for my review.

The Messenger Deck has an earthy yet whimsical feel. For my review please Click Here. (Review begins at 9 mins & 37 seconds.)