• vegetable glycerin
  • water
  • 1 ounce elder flowers
  • 1 ounce elderberries
    (or 25 elder flower heads instead of elder flowers and berries)
  • 1/2 ounce German chamomile flowers and leaves
  • 1 ounce angelica root
  • 1/2 ounce lemon balm leaves


  1. Combine glycerin and water in a 3:2 mixture, bring to a boil. Let cool.
  2. Mix dry ingredients in a large jar, add water mixture to cover. Shake well.
  3. Set jar in a pot of simmering water, simmer for 20 minutes. Let cool.
  4. Strain. Store in a dark-glass bottle.

1 dropper or 1/4 teaspoon, diluted in water, every 3 to 15 minutes, up to 1 ounce in 4 hours. For a nursing child under 6 months, give 1 teaspoon to mother, up to 3 ounces per day for 3 days.

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Amanda McQuade Crawford, host of What a Relief!, is a medical herbalist consultant, improving quality control within the natural products industry. She is the author of two popular books on women’s health, “The Herbal Menopause Book” and “Herbal Remedies for Women” and a contributing author to two recent books on natural medicine: “The New Menopause Book” and the text “Traditional Medicines for Modern Times: Antidiabetic Plants.” She currently explores for urban weeds and grows an organic herb garden in the wilds of Los Angeles.