Updated: Aug 26
With August in full swing, there are plenty of ways to cool off during the the heat of summer! Whether it is cooling off by the pool or cooling off in the shade sipping lemonade, Flor Box OXO has the perfect recipe for a classic fun day under the sun! As a friendly disclaimer, it is best to always seek additional information from your medical care provider before adding any plant to your diet. Check out the many benefits of elderflower plus a refreshing recipe for an elderflower lemonade drink by Margaret Roberts!
Elderflower Anatomy + Origins
Elderflowers, (Sambucus nigra) also referred to as Elder, are from the Adoxaceae family. These flowers and are stemmed from shrubs or small tress. These flowers are roundish tiny flowers grouped together. Purple blackberries bloom from the white and yellow flowers in mid summer and hold healthy properties such as vitamin A and C.
Elderflower (Sambucus nigra) represents inner strength, self-esteem, courage, fortitude, calm fears, nurturing stability, inner energy, vigor, resilience, joy, recovery, renewal of energy, protection from evil, good luck, release of sins, protection from evil, prolong life, and peaceful sleep. - Flowerpaedia (2018)
Elderflower Medicinal Benefits
These flowers are antiviral herbs that help to reduce fevers, flu, earaches, and can boost the overall immune system. Elderflower also stimulates circulation and sweat glands for proper detoxification; this side effect aids in arthritis and skin conditions such as blisters and cold sores.
Elderflower Lemonade Recipe
This revitalizing lemonade recipe is great when paired with summer grilled cuisines to zesty mimosas or cocktails with family and friends! This recipe is simple nd can serve as a fabulous healthy alternative to most sugary juices and sodas. Margaret Roberts' signature elderflower lemonade recipe is refreshingly nutritious!
Ingredients (8 Servings)
4 cups elderflowers, stems removed
Juice of 8 lemons
1 tablespoon lemon rind
3-4 cups white sugar
2 litres water
Recipe (8 Servings)
Simmer the ingredients together for 10 minutes. Add a little extra water if necessary. Cool, then strain. Pour the lemony syrup into a decanter and keep in the fridge. To serve, pour 1/4 glass syrup and top up with iced water and crushed ice, or ice-cold soda water with a sprinkling of older flowers floating on top.
Enjoy! - OXO, Flor Box
Sources For This Article
Sourcing from the following resources: Flowerpaedia (2018), authored by environmental artist and floral specialist, Cheralyn Darcey,Encyclopedia Britannica, britannica.com (sourced in 2020), and 100 Edible + Healing Flowers: Cultivating, Cooking, Restoring Health, (2014) authored by herbalist and arborist, Margaret Roberts.
Historically, medical practitioners and religious healers have utilized the healing properties of certain flowers. Flowers can often be associated with uplifting energy and emotions with basic natural properties such as appearance, fragrance, and colors.
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