Winter Wellness Series Part 1 ~ Elderberry Remedies and Fire Cider
Saturday, September 26
Time: 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

Fee: $125
Instructor: Heather Bruno



Sail through the winter healthy and ready to enjoy the season with part 1 of our winter wellness series. You can stay healthy when everyone around you gets sick – adaptogenic herbs and lifestyle adjustments can make all the difference! The first part of the workshop will focus on building a strong immune system, including the anatomy of a fever, and how to work with our body’s own immune responses to ward off invaders. Then we’ll delve into herbal remedies!

Build your winter wellness herbal apothecary and be prepared for what comes your way!

Fire Cider:

This isn’t going to be your regular “making fire cider” workshop! What’s different is that you’ll discover the constituents in the ingredients that allow them to relieve viral symptoms and eliminate the virus from the body. That brings greater understanding of how the plants are working the body and give you the tools to talk about herbal medicine with others who might be skeptical. Making and using fire cider as a time honored herbalist tradition for supporting the immune system and preventing and alleviating cold symptoms has given countless people peace of mind and substantial help. Learn its history and make some tasty and effective fire cider to add to your apothecary.


The role of elderberry as one of the most beloved and effective herbs for addressing most viral infections is well known. Gain an understanding of the unique constituents of our native Elder, Sambucus nigra ssp.cerulea, that make it such a valuable remedy. Join the discussion about why elderberry is a good remedy for combatting some viruses, but not others.

Make and Take:

Students will make a pint of tasty and effective fire cider and either a half pint of elderberry oxymel or elixir! How cool is that?!


Phinney Neighborhood Center. The address and more info will be given in the confirmation email.

What To Bring: 

  1. One half pint and one pint jars with lids. Please bring exactly these sizes as there will be a limited amount of elderberries for everyone to share. Bigger jars will not translate to more elderberries and may impact the quality of the remedy. Thanks for understanding.
  2. 1/2 pint raw organic apple cider vinegar
  3. 1/2 pint honey
  4. 1/2 pint 100 proof unflavored vodka
  5. One organic lemon and an inch or two of fresh ginger
  6. One organic onion and 1 head of garlic
  7. One jalapeno or hot pepper of choice, and 2 – 3 inches of fresh horseradish – can usually be found at PCC, Central Market, Whole Foods, etc.
  8. Cutting board and sharp chopping knife
  9. Smallish bowl and wooden spoon or muddler
  10. Lunch/beverage/notebook
  11. Mug to sample teas and remedies


Consider registering for the companion workshop –  part 2 of our Winter Wellness Series: Herbal Care for Colds and Flu

Winter Wellness Series Part 1 ~ Elderberry Remedies and Fire Cider

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