Take the Confusion Out of Infusion: How to Make an Elderflower Infusion

| 1/25/2011 10:11:52 AM

C.LeinbachCamille is a licensed aesthetician and operator of Autumn Moon Aesthetics. Her holistic skin care practice incorporates natural, handmade products, herbal therapy, aromatherapy and energetic bodywork. She encourages individuals to become more connected to their body and the Earth by creating natural products themselves at home. Visit her blog at www.skincareforyoursoul.blogspot.com.  

Here in Michigan, the cold season is in full effect. Although my family has been quite healthy this winter (knock on wood!), I like to have cold remedies on hand to be prepared when the need arises.

One of our favorite ways to alleviate cold symptoms is with a warm herbal infusion. Since my daughters are still quite young, elderflower is our plant friend of choice, providing safe relief that is tasty for little ones. A warm elderflower infusion acts to gently break up congestion in the lungs and sinuses. Being a diaphoretic, elderflower also encourages perspiration, which can in turn assist in lowering a fever by cooling the body.

(Click here to view a picture of American elderflower.) 

While an elderflower infusion is absolutely amazing just on its own, my daughters and I decided to play around with some additional ingredients to make it even lovelier. The ingredients were all purchased both easily and affordably in the bulk section of our local health foods store.

The strawberries, elderberries and orange peel give the blend a sweet, happy, fruity flavor, while the rosehips and hibiscus add a punch of tartness packed with vitamin C.