Elderberries and Fire Cider

  • WHEN: September 19, 2021
  • TIME: 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
  • FEE: 95 USD
  • INSTRUCTOR: Suzanne M. Tabert
  • SETTING: In-Person
  • LOCATION: Sandpoint, ID (details & directions provided after enrollment)

It’s elderberry and fire cider season – time to make effective remedies to last through the winter!

Are you ready? There are so many elder bushes in North Idaho! It can be confusing to weed through all the information about elderberries to find the most effective ways to process them for the strongest medicine AND the best time for harvesting. We’re here for you!

Suzanne Tabert brings her 30+ years of harvesting and processing elderberries to you for a day packed full of information and fun!


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 combating some viruses, but not others.

Not only will Suzanne will teach you about the elderberry, but she will also demonstrate how to properly process the fresh berries so you can learn how to make a tincture, oxymel, or elixir! The elderberries will be harvested prior to the workshop, fresh frozen and ready to process.

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 plants 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 onions and garlic for the fire cider will be harvested by the students right from soil here at the Cedar Mountain Herb School farmlet!

Students will acquire skills to support their own health and wellness and that of their loved ones by creating and using hand-crafted elderberry remedies and fire cider. There will be many opportunities to sample herbal remedies throughout the day as well as building a winter herbal apothecary. It’s transformational!

All processing of the plants into medicine will be done in the beautifully relaxing orchard. Perhaps an apple or two may end up in the students’ bags to take home!

What you’ll need:

  • 2 half pint (8 ounces) jars with lid
  • 1 pint (16 ounce) jar with a plastic lid.
  • If using a metal lid, bring parchment paper
  • Raw organic apple cider vinegar-16 ounces
  • One organic lemon and an inch or two of fresh ginger
  • One jalapeno or hot pepper of choice, and 2 – 3 inches of fresh horseradish
  • 1 pint of honey – not whipped, must be pourable
  • 1/2 pint 100 proof vodka – optional
  • Medium sized bowl to garble the elderberries and mash them for the preparations
  • Cutting board and sharp chopping knife
  • Beverage to sip!
  • Notebook and pen
  • Dress for the weather, we’ll be in the orchard!

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