10 Handmade Gifts to Give During The Holiday Season.

Friday, December 14, 2018

The holidays are right around the corner and all of the procrastinators (like me) are either filling up their amazon carts or digging deep in the pantry for odds & ends we can piece together as gifts for all the people on our list! For the last several years the latter has been my favorite tradition. The kids and I discuss what handmade creations we should put together for our friends and family and then we spend the days leading up to Christmas working away on their projects of choice. I love watching them put so much love & attention into their handwork, it truly is a priceless gift. It teaches them that the sweetest presents we give in life are not bought but thoughtfully crafted from our hearts. The gift of light, of food, of presence, of self-care. Useful things made purposefully with the recipients in mind.
This year we're putting together gift baskets full of handmade treasures and I thought that I would share some of our favorites with you! Most of them can be made with ingredients you probably already have on hand and a lot of them are kid friendly so they can be involved in the magic of handmade gift giving this holiday season.

10. rolled beeswax candles- I love giving handmade candles this time of year! They are simple to make with kids of all ages and because they are beeswax, they give all the cozy without all of the chemicals that traditional candles are filled with. Rolling candles is a simple activity we enjoy all winter long in our home and one that keeps little hands busy for hours! Need a quick candle rolling tutorial? I love this one from Reading My Tea Leaves!
You can find beeswax sheets and wicks here.

9. dipped beeswax candles- Want something a little more involved for your older children to work on? Dipped beeswax candles are where it's at! I love the rustic look of candles dipped by hand and the process is actually fairly simple and requires just a bit of adult supervision! There is a really great tutorial that just went up on Woodlark that will give you all the steps!
I like to purchase beeswax in bulk from here.

8. knit & crochet wash cloths- If you know how to knit or crochet, put those skills to good use this holiday season, sister! I love making simple projects that I know people will love and get use of through out the year so things like pot holders and wash cloths are my go-to. This year I knit and crocheted a few different patterns and styles so I could gift them as a pack and they turned out so cute! Need an easy pattern to work up?
Try this one if you're a knitter & this one if crochet is your thing!

7. diy room sprays - This is a gift that is perfect for every season of giving! You can choose scents that you know your friends will love or create new, custom seasonal smells that they can enjoy through out their homes. We use room sprays to freshen up the bathrooms, create a relaxing environment at bed time, and to make the whole house smell like a chai latte so really, the possibilities are endless! I love giving the gift of natural, clean products to my friends and family- bonus points for being so easy to put together! You can find my blog post on them here!

6. felted wool dryer balls- This is one of my favorite projects because its simple, reduces waste, and is such a better, more natural option to toxic dryer sheets! I usually pair them with a bottle of lavender essential oil so that the recipient can have dreamy smelling laundry with just a few drops! Dryer balls are a game changer for your laundry routine, you wont be sorry you whipped up this gift! You can find the tutorial on Free People's blog.

5. natural perfume- Like room sprays, making your own perfume blends to gift to family and friends is a fun way of creating something custom for every person on your list! Citrus notes for your cousin, floral for your momma, and something spicy & sweet for your sister-in-law! I love getting beautiful perfume bottles from Wood & Oils and filling them with lavender buds and dried rose petals before adding the perfume blend for a beautiful little touch.
You can find recipes for roll on and solid perfume here.

4. body buttah- This diy gift is a staple on our list each year because the ingredients are simple and everyone could use a bit of pampering, am I right? Again, you can get really creative about what oils you choose and how you package them up which is always fun! Lisa from Farmhouse On Boone has a really great recipe on her blog and she even provides cute little printable labels for you to use! Click here to grab the recipe!

3. bath tea- I started giving this as gifts years ago now and even wrote a blog post on it way back when. It's simple, nourishing for the skin, and our kids love scooping and mixing the ingredients into each satchel. I always love mixing citrus peel and oats in ours for a soothing but energizing affect! You can find a how-to here!

2. infused olive oils- This has been one of my favorite gifts to put together this year because it's so simple, beautiful, and useful in the kitchen. I had an abundance of herbs left in my garden and this little diy is putting them to good use! I even added some of my vitality essential oils into a few and they turned out splendidly! You can find a how-to here!

1. homemade jams- I am a huge fan of giving food as gifts! Sour dough starters, homemade cookies, bread, & jam are usually my go-to's. This year jam is on the list and the kitchen has been filled with the smell of cranberries and oranges all week long! This recipe is perfect for the holidays, so festive. Need some cute labels to top off your homemade jam? You can find some cute free printables here!
I hope this gave you some practical ideas for gift giving this year and that I inspire you to make things just a little more home made during this holiday season!
Do you have a favorite handmade gift?
Leave it in the comments below! I would love to hear from you!
Try one of these diy options? Tag me on social media and let me know! I would love to see all of your handmade creations!


Monday, December 10, 2018

What does self-care look like for you? To me, it looks like mindfulness, healthy boundaries, being in touch with my emotions, talking kindly to myself, doing things I love, and so much more. 
I've been feeling this longing call to create a place where women can gather to talk about wellness, self-care, community, and the dreams locked away inside their hearts. A place that feels welcoming, inspiring, and full of love but also gives us the tools and motivation we need to make real and lasting changes in our lives. Oils & Honey was born out of that longing years ago but now I want to take it a step further and invite all of you to join me in this weekly gathering, right in your inbox. 
Each week for the past month I've been sharing self-care tips, simple ways to improve your wellness, motivational quotes, and so much more during a live chat on my instagram account each Sunday night. Each Monday I've been following up those live chats with a newsletter you can read through full of links and tools for you to use. The response & support you all have shown me has absolutely blown me away. I am so honored and humbled to be a part of your journey! 
Since it's been decided that our self-care chats should be a regular thing, I thought that I would share about them and their purpose here for all of you so you can join in on our sisterhood. 
To sign up for our weekly self-care newsletter simply CLICK HERE and enter your email! 

If you've been longing for sisterhood as you walk the path towards a more healthy, whole're in the right place friend.

Want to know when i'll be going live each week to tune in to our Sunday chats?
Follow me on instagram @motherofbeees.
I can't wait to share more about self-care with all of you!

How & Why I Make Bone Broth and Veggie Stock.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Thanksgiving is days away and i'm starting to get things ready for our annual family gathering. One of my must - haves for preparing meals like this is a huge batch of bone or veggie broth. It adds moisture to our stuffing and provides so much flavor to so many holiday staples. I will forever love  homemade bone broths and veggie stocks in place of store bought, they are better for you and the flavor is so much richer friends, I promise you. Its a one pot deal that is so simple you'll be kicking yourself for buying the canned stuff all these years! I love getting in the kitchen with my kids to prepare a fresh, slow cooked batch to keep us stocked up. It's become a lovely tradition that we've woven into the rhythm of our week. There are so many different recipes and ways that you can whip up your own broths and stocks but I find that simple is always best. We keep things to just a few ingredients and let it do its thing for a few hours before straining and canning.
For vegetable stock, I like to save veggie scraps all week long and freeze them in a mason jar, adding the peels and skins in every time I cook instead of tossing them in the trash. I love that this reduces food waste and the amount of trash we are producing and turns into something so nutritious and nourishing in return!
When i'm making bone broth, I simply add the bones of a roasted chicken into the pot with a dash of apple cider vinegar to help extract all of the minerals and healing compounds that are amazing for joint health and leaky gut like collagen and proline. If you haven't read into the benefits of bone broth and why we love it for our overall wellness click HERE to learn more!

  • 1 Tbsp avocado or coconut oil (if avoiding oil, sub water)
  • 1 onion (with skins // finely chopped)
  • 4 cloves garlic (with skins // finely chopped // or sub garlic-infused olive oil)
  • 4 medium carrots (with skins // finely chopped)
  • 4 stalks celery (finely chopped)
  • 1-2 tsp each sea salt and black pepper (plus more to taste // divided)
  • 9-10 cups filtered water
  • 1 cup chopped sturdy greens (kale, collards, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 small handful fresh thyme*
  • 1 small handful fresh rosemary*
  • 2 whole bay leaves
  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat. Once hot, add oil (or water), onion, garlic, carrots, and celery. Add 1/2 tsp each sea salt and black pepper (amount as recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) and stir to coat. Sauté for about 5 minutes or until softened and slightly browned, stirring frequently.
  2. Add water, greens, parsley, thyme, rosemary, bay leaves, and another 1/2 tsp sea salt and black pepper (amount as recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) and increase heat to medium high until the mixture comes to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer and add nutritional yeast and tomato paste (add less of both for less intense flavor, or more for bigger more robust flavor!). Stir to combine and loosely cover (with the lid cracked).
  3. Continue cooking for at least 30 minutes, preferably 45 minutes to 1 hour. The flavor will deepen the longer it cooks.
  4. Near the end of cooking, taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more herbs for herby/earthy flavor, salt for saltiness, pepper for a little spice.
  5. Let cool slightly before pouring over a strainer into another pot. Then divide between storage vessels (I prefer glass mason jars). Let cool completely before sealing. Store in the refrigerator up to 5 days or in the freezer up to 1 month (sometimes longer). Perfect for use in soups, recipes, gravy, and more! Recipe jotted down and modified from the Minimalist Baker.

  • 2 pounds (or more) of bones from a healthy source
  • 1 onion
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Optional: 1 bunch of parsley, 1 TBSP or more of sea salt, 1 tsp peppercorns, additional herbs or spices to taste. I also add 2 cloves of garlic for the last 30 minutes of cooking.
  • You'll also need a large stock pot to cook the broth in and a strainer to remove the pieces when it is done.
  1. If you are using raw bones, especially beef bones, it improves flavor to roast them in the oven first. I place them in a roasting pan and roast for 30 minutes at 350.
  2. Then, place the bones in a large stock pot (I use a 5 gallon pot). Pour (filtered) water over the bones and add the vinegar. Let sit for 20-30 minutes in the cool water. The acid helps make the nutrients in the bones more available.
  3. Rough chop and add the vegetables (except the parsley and garlic, if using) to the pot. Add any saltpepper, spices, or herbs, if using.
  4. Now, bring the broth to a boil. Once it has reached a vigorous boil, reduce to a simmer and simmer until done.
  5. During the first few hours of simmering, you'll need to remove the impurities that float to the surface. A frothy/foamy layer will form and it can be easily scooped off with a big spoon. Throw this part away. I typically check it every 20 minutes for the first 2 hours to remove this. Grass-fed and healthy animals will produce much less of this than conventional animals.
  6. During the last 30 minutes, add the garlic and parsley, if using.
  7. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Strain using a fine metal strainer to remove all the bits of bone and vegetable. When cool enough, store in a gallon size glass jar in the fridge for up to 5 days, or freeze for later use. Recipe shared from Wellness Mama.
Nothing smells better than when the house is filled with the smell of fresh stock simmering on the stove. I hope this inspires you to get in the kitchen and make a batch of your own. Enjoy!

Apple Harvest Season + Our Favorite Recipes to Share.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

It’s that time of year again, time to visit our local apple orchard and get our hands on as many fresh picked apples as we can before the season ends and the cold weather comes. 
We took our annual visit a few weeks ago and we just used the last of our harvest the other day, a good sign of just how many apples we came home with. 
Our children love this fall time tradition and it’s become a seasonal treat for us. A special way to connect to nature, to the season, and to each other. We dedicate a whole day to harvesting and family fun, making our rounds at the food trucks and riding all of the classic rides. On this year’s trip we came home with three sleeping kiddos and over 20 lbs of apples to turn in to sauce and butter and everything in between. 
Because we’ve been doing this for several years now, I’ve learned to get pretty creative with the way I use my apple harvest. We get sick of the same old same when it comes to recipes but there are a few simple favorites that are great year after year and I thought I would share them here with you! 
Apple Sauce is a classic, it just doesn’t go out of style. Nothing makes the kids happier than a fresh batch of warm, chunky apple sauce. This recipe is very basic and that’s why it’s a favorite of mine. Very little prep work or cooking involved. 

Here’s what you’ll need:
6-10 apples (cored, peeled, and diced) 
2 tbsp ground cinnamon
Slow cooker

Add apples and cinnamon to slow cooker and set to low heat. Cook for 2-3 hours stirring occasionally. When apples are softened mash to desired consistency. Serve warm or store in a glass mason jar in the fridge. 

Apple butter is much requested when this time of year rolls around so I thought I would share our family’s recipe with you! 

Here’s what you’ll need:
6 pounds apples 
1 cup coconut sugar
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1 drop nutmeg vitality 
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

Core, peel and slice apples and place in a crock pot.
Mix together sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Toss apple slices with with sugar mixture. Cook on low for 10 hours. When your apples look soft and there is liquid in the bottom of the crock, stir in vanilla extract and nutmeg vitality. Using a wooden spoon, crush large apple pieces. 
Cook on low for 2 more hours.
Allow apples to cool slightly and then puree with an immersion blender (or transfer in batches to a food processor.) Transfer to air tight containers like mason jars and store in refrigerator for up to two weeks or store in the freezer for up to 2 months! Easy and so delicious on toast or english muffins. 

Apple Chips are a fun snack for children and adults alike and can be made fairly easily. I like to use a dehydrator for this but you can also use your oven set on a low temperature. 

Here's what you’ll need:
8-10 apples, cored and sliced. Peeling optional. 
2 tsp ground cinnamon 
1 drop nutmeg vitality essential oil

Mix cinnamon and Nutmeg vitality together in a small bowl and then toss each apple ring in the mixture until evenly coated. Add to your dehydrator and let them go for 6-8 hours. Apple rings nor should be sticky or moist to the touch and should have a chewy, chip like texture. 

If you follow me over on Instagram, you’ll know that this week I shared my Spiced Apple Cider recipe. It’s a simple and easy classic that is perfect for using up your less than perfect apples and the scraps and skins from other apple recipes. Head over to my feed by clicking here to save the recipe

Another one of my favorite ways to use my  apple cores and skins is to make Apple Cider Vinegar. I am a huge ACV lover and I use it daily so making my own is a great way to save money and use what I already have on hand. 

Here’s what you’ll need:
A large, glass jar (half gallon mason jars work well)
Cheese cloth + an elastic band to secure over the jar
A glass weight (used to hold the apples below the surface of the water)
Organic apples
Filtered water
Raw cane sugar (about 2-3 tbsp. for each half-gallon jar )

Prep your area – The only real thing that you’ll want to be cautious about is that the apples, utensils, jar and surface area that you’re working on is very clean – you don’t want to introduce any bad bacteria into the fermenting process, as it will spoil your ACV. Clean everything in warm, soapy water and leave to air-dry.
Prep your apples – Clean your apples in a sink full of cold water and wipe them down with a cloth to remove any residue or dirt. Make sure to cut off any yucky bits, bruises and blemishes before-hand – if you wouldn’t eat it, don’t use it for your ACV. For this batch of ACV I used only the peels, and some of the core pieces, which I had left over from making apple sauce – very little apple made it to the compost!
If you’re using the whole apple, dice it in to small, half-inch pieces.Fill your jar 3/4 full of clean, diced apples. Cover the apples with water and sprinkle with the sugar. The sugar will act as food for the beneficial bacteria which will help move the fermentation process along. (I’ve also made it without sugar, and instead used a 1/2 cup of ACV as a “starter” which worked well, too!) Submerge the apples below the surface of the water. You’ll need to use a weight to prevent the apples from floating to the surface. I use special, glass fermentation weights, but you may have to get creative. Many people use a clean zip-lock bag filled with water, or a plastic lid, perhaps left-over from a yogurt or sour cream container, cut to size and then held down with a sterilized rock. Again, you may have to get creative. If there are pieces of apples left exposed to the surface air, they may mold which will spoil your ACV. Cover the jar with a doubled-up piece of cheese cloth, and secure it with an elastic band to prevent fruit flies and critters from getting in. Store your soon-to-be ACV in a room-temperature environment, away from direct sunlight (like in your pantry, or tucked away in an undisturbed corner of your kitchen) and leave it to ferment for 4 weeks. If the room is cooler then “room temperature” (about 70°F) then your ACV will take longer to ferment. In about 3 days you should see little bubbles forming – this means it’s working! The beneficial bacteria are breaking down the sugars into CO2! Check on the ACV every few days to ensure that the apples are still submerged. It should smell sweet in the beginning, and then eventually start to smell more and more sour. Something similar to a kombucha “mother” may form on the top, which is great – you can use it as a starter culture for your next batch of ACV, if you like. Simply store it in a small jar with some ACV, like you would your kombucha mother. After about 4 weeks, it should be ready to strain. Use a cheese cloth to squeeze out, and break down, as much of the apple as you can. Pour the liquid back into the jar, cover again with the cheese cloth, and leave it to ferment for another 2-3 weeks, stirring every few days. Once it has developed the taste that you desire, you can now bottle it, seal it with a lid and start to use it! 
I hope that this gives you some simple ideas to get the most of your apple harvest this season!
If you try any of my recipes, make sure to share them and tag me on social media or leave me a comment here! I would love to know what you think! 

Golden Hues : Natural Dying with Foraged Golden Rod.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Saying goodbye to summer and hello to fall means stocking the pantry with canned garden goods, collecting herbs for wellness tinctures and teas, and gathering goldenrod from the outskirts of fields to turn into natural dye. 
I love the process of making dye and while I am not an expert by any means, I’ve used several different plants and techniques over the years to color skeins of handspun yarn and fabric for quilts with great success. I love including the little ones in this process from gathering to hanging everything out to dry.
Natural dyes have a lot of appeal to me, mostly because they are frugal and plant based. You can forage for ingredients in nature or you can use food scraps like avocado skins to achieve beautiful hues in every color of the rainbow. There are endless options for natural dying and the colors produced are always beautiful and unique.
Golden rod is very abundant in late summer and early fall. If you live in the Midwest like us, you’ll see it lining the highway and taking over fields covering everything in a sea of yellow. This flowering plant attracts pollinators and is used in teas and as a healing folk remedy for digestive, urinary, and respiratory wellness so it's not just great for dye making!
The dye created from this plant produces various hues depending on the parts that you use! Adding the fresh yellow flowers creates a bright yellow dye while adding in the leaves in stems produces a lovely, soft green. Experimenting with your dye and creating different colors is the best part of the process, every single batch will bring you a new and lovely surprise. 
I follow a dye process very similar to Rebecca Desnos who shares her technique and how to’s on her Instagram and in her book which is a wonderful resource if you’re looking to dig deeper into the world of natural dying. 
You can read her instructions on how to dye with goldenrod by clicking here. 

I love the end product of my golden rod dying project and i cant wait to knit up a little something with the yarn that i dipped!

Have you made your own natural dye before? I'd love to hear what your favorite dye is to make!

5 self-care quotes to inspire you.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Self- Care is one of those hot words right now. We see it on Instagram, in women's magazines, and on blogs but what does it really mean? If you follow along with me on Instagram you'll hear me talk about the importance of self-care and how it's way more than just bubble baths, face masks, and trips to the nail salon. It's about being tuned into your needs mind, body, and soul and giving yourself permission to nourish those areas of your life regularly and without guilt. A lot of us struggle with self-care and carving out time to fill ourselves up after pouring out all week for our family, friends, and businesses so i thought i would share some of my favorite self-care centered quotes to inspire you and remind you that you are worthy and deserving.

“Nourishing yourself in a way that helps you blossom in the direction you want to go is attainable, and you are worth the effort."
– Deborah Day

“Accept yourself. Love yourself as you are. Your finest work, your best movements, your joy, peace, and healing comes when you love yourself. You give a great gift to the world when you do that. You give others permission to do the same: to love themselves. Revel in self-love. Roll in it. Bask in it as you would sunshine."
– Melodie Beattie

“With every act of self-care your authentic self gets stronger, and the critical, fearful mind gets weaker. Every act of self-care is a powerful declaration: I am on my side, I am on my side, each day I am more and more on my own side."
– Susan Weiss Berry

“Self-care is how you take your power back."
– Lalah Delia

“People who love themselves come across as very loving, generous and kind; they express their self-confidence through humility, forgiveness and inclusiveness."
– Sanaya Roman

I'll be sharing more about self-care this month on the blog so stay tuned for more ideas, thoughts, and rituals centered around caring for ourselves more.
Have a favorite self-care quote?
Share it with me in the comments!

Berry Picking: a Summer Tradition.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Today we took a trip out to a local farm to gather baskets of blackberries and peaches for summer desserts and preserves. This has become one of our favorite family activities to do during the summer and it keeps us busy in the kitchen for week or two, making sweet treats and canning goods to enjoy through out the cold months. There is nothing better than picking your own berries straight from the bush and i think our kids would agree, they put more berries in their mouths than in our baskets! By the end of the morning they were all stained with berry juice and sticky but their little hearts were so content.
Days like these remind me how simple and breezy childhood can be. No need to plug in or over do it with toys. Their hearts were so full just being outside, feeling the sun shine on their skin, filling their bellies with warm berries and peaches grabbed right off the tree.
I hope these are the days they remember when they grow older.

A trip out West.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Last month we took our family on a road trip to visit national parks in both Colorado and Utah. We spent two weeks exploring some of the most amazing landscapes and natural land formations in our country and left with such a sense of wonder and gratitude for this earth we live on. We soaked in precious time together, exploring the world and learning through experiences that no book can recreate. Traveling with kids has always seemed like a daunting task, especially a longer trip with a lot of stops and very little rhythm but they all did great and we ended up having the best time, even with a few mishaps along the way!
If you ever get the chance to visit Arches or run in the desert with your children, do it.
Absolutely do it.
This trip was exactly what we needed to get away and recharge together. to learn together. to create unforgettable memories together.
I will cherish them always.
Here are a few of my favorite snapshots from our trip:

Simple Three Ingredient Wood Butter Recipe!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Spring is right around the corner and the cleaning bug has taken over! The minute the sun starts shining and the birds start chirping I'm ready to crack open the windows, rid our home of all the dust bunnies, and organize our pantries and closets for the season. While I was organizing my kitchen and cleaning out our drawers and cupboards I took a little time to condition all of my wood pieces with all natural wood butter that I whip up myself. The recipe is super simple and uses only a few ingredients you might even have on hand to condition and nourish your wood spoons, cutting boards, bowls, and more. I love taking time in the kitchen to put this together with my kids, they can help gather and measure the ingredients while I stir over the warm stove. 
In my recipe I'm using Lavender and Rosemary essential oils from Young Living to add extra nourishing properties, plus it makes it smell so fresh and delicious. You can try other combinations to condition your wood with, if you try your own blend let us know in the comments so we have new ideas to try next time!
+1 cup coconut oil 
+1/2 cup beeswax
+Essential Oil of choice

In a saucepan over medium heat slowly combine coconut oil and beeswax until melted and fully combined. Pour mixture into a clean mason jar and set to cool. While mixture is still liquid add one or two drops of your favorite essential oils and stir gently. Let cool until hardened, then label and enjoy!
I love to buttah my wood items once every couple of months to keep them from drying out and seal them nicely from water! That's it! A super simple and easy kitchen DIY!
If you try out this recipe let me know, I'd love to hear what you think!
If you want to learn more about essential oils or you want to grab your own follow this link to learn more!

Immune Supporting Thieves + Elderberry Syrup

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Anyone else hiding from the mass population while the flu is being passed around like wildfire?! 
Everyone seems to be coming down with one thing or the other and it's made me realize how important being proactive with your wellness is. 
My family and I use oils, tinctures, supplements, and probiotics to keep our immune systems strong all year round instead of just giving it a boost when we feel something coming on or are already sick and it has truly made such a difference in our health. We haven't visited the doctor for anything but a wellness check up in years and I swear it is all thanks to this routine.
This time of year we make a habit of doubling up on Thieves & elderberry syrup as preventative care and it has served us well the past few winters. 
Elderberry is packed full of vitamins and antioxidants that support your body in fighting off sickness and Thieves essential oil is historically known for it's immune boosting properties. We roll Thieves on our feet and spine daily as a part of our wellness routine but these two together pack a serious punch that is perfect for keeping you in tip top shape through the cold months!
I love making my own elderberry syrup because it is affordable, easy, and I can use ingredients like raw local honey and a few drops of Thieves Vitality to give it an extra kick of immune support! I wouldn’t be able to make it through the winter without this combination in our wellness cabinet! 

Today I thought i would share the recipe I adapted from wellnessmama just in case you’re looking for some immune support this season! 

2/3 cup dried black elderberries (about 3 ounces)
3 1/2 cups of water
2 Tablespoons fresh or dried ginger root
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1/2 teaspoon cloves or clove powder
1 cup raw, local honey 
2 Drops Thieves Vitality

Pour water into medium saucepan and add elderberries, ginger, cinnamon and cloves.
Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour until the liquid has reduced by almost half.
Remove from heat and let them cool enough to be handled.
Mash the berries carefully using a spoon or other flat utensil. 
Pour through a strainer into a glass jar or bowl.
Discard the elderberries (or compost them!) and let the liquid cool to lukewarm.
When it is no longer hot, add 1 cup of honey and 2 Drops Thieves Oil and stir well.
When honey is well mixed into the elderberry mixture, pour the syrup into a quart sized mason jar or 16 ounce glass bottle of some kind.

Store in the fridge and take daily for its immune boosting properties. 
Standard dose is ½ tsp to 1 tsp for kids and ½ Tbsp to 1 Tbsp for adults. 
If the flu does strike, take the normal dose every 2-3 hours instead of once a day until symptoms disappear.

I hope that adding this all natural recipe to your routine will help you make it out of this season of sickness alive! If you have any questions about our favorite immune boosting products or our wellness routine, send me an email or leave me a comment! I would love to answer your questions!
Looking to find out more about essential oils? 
Visit the oils tab on my blog or reach out to me, I would love to help you get started!

Have you tried elderberry syrup? What did you think?
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