Elderberry Syrup Cockaigne Recipe

Good Witches Homestead

The name of this recipe is a homage to one of my go-to cookbooks, The Joy of Cooking, where the extra-special recipes have the moniker “Cockaigne” added. The word comes from a middle-English fable meaning “luxurious and idle paradise;” or abundance! Feel free to add other delicious herbs to the recipe such as organic Vanilla Beans, Hibiscus, Allspice, Star Anise, and more!


  • 1 cup dried, organic Elderberries (or 2 cups fresh elderberries)
  • 1 teaspoon organic Cinnamon Chips or 2 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 1 teaspoon organic whole Cloves
  • 1 teaspoon organic Ginger (powder or root) or 2 Tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon dried organic dried Orange Peel or ¼ cup fresh orange peel
  • 1 Tablespoon dried organic dried Bitter Orange Peel
  • 1 Tablespoon organic dried Wild Cherry Bark
  • 1 Tablespoon organic dried Rosehips
  • 10 whole organic Cardamom Pods
  • 4-5 cups water


  1. Put all these ingredients into a large saucepan and heat over medium-high heat to boiling.
  2. Once the mixture boils, turn the heat down and simmer for 20-30…

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Shilajit: 10 Health Benefits and It’s Use

Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

Shilajit, also called mineral pitch, is the result of a long process of breaking down plant matter and minerals. It is a sticky, black, tar-like substance that comes from rocks in high mountain ranges.

Shilajit was traditionally sourced in India and Tibet, though it is now found in many other countries.

Shilajit has been used in traditional Indian Ayurvedic medicine for centuries, and the compounds in it appear to be beneficial for many conditions.

Ten potential benefits of Shilajit

When it is used correctly, shilajit may have several benefits for the body. This may be due in part to the high concentration of fulvic and humic acids, as well as many minerals.

1. Brain function

man holding a red pill and a glass of water

Shilajit is formed from the slow decomposition of plant matter and is available as a supplement or powder.

The numerous compounds found in shilajit may be helpful for brain function, and may even aid Alzheimer’s…

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