And then there’s plain old winter blues, just the ticket for a fragrant berry cordial to share with friends and family at Solstice, Christmas, or New Year’s.
HERBALIST’S NOTES: 1) A cordial is an herbal beverage made for social well-being while an elixir is one made for healing, though in many cases this distinction has more to do with intent than ingredients; 2) Rose seeds can cause headache, vertigo, and lethargy and should be removed before medicinal or culinary use of rosehips.
WINTER BERRY CORDIAL – a delightful aperitif for winter blues and general well-being. (adapted from master herbalist and cordial expert Teresa Boardwine’s “Framboise Cordial” in her book Cordially Yours available at lulu.com)
DOCTOR’S NOTE: Persistent winter blues should be evaluated by a healthcare professional because it can be caused by a number of illnesses better treated with accurate diagnosis.