Frequently Asked Questions
Q. WHAT IS WILDCRAFTING?
A. Well you can look it up but here is what we define it as: The process of seeking out and harvesting wild foods and putting them to beneficial use.
Q. ARE WILDCRAFTED FOODS ORGANIC?
A. Not in the certified sense. Organic certification requires strict control over the environment and processing of foods. Wildcrafting is, by its very nature contrary to much of what is required to become organically certified. However, the remote areas we conduct our Wildcrafting adventures in are extremely pristine, and not subject to external contamination. I was once told that Wildcrafting is More Organic than Organic.
Q. WHAT MAKES ELDERBERRIES SO HEALTHFUL?
A. From WebMD; "The berries and flowers of elderberry are packed with antioxidants and vitamins that boost your immune system. They can help tame inflammation, lessen stress, and help protect your heart too. Some experts recommend elderberry to ease cold and flu symptoms.
The antioxidant and vitamin content is well studied and documented. I am very cautious to not promote the widely cited antiviral properties as the FDA has not
approved elderberry for medicinal use. I will say that during the swine flu epidemic of 2009, my wife and son were both extremely ill. I had been taking elderberry syrup daily for several weeks. Unfortunately, they had not. By the time the extreme intestinal symptoms had set in, sadly, they could not take it. I stayed home and cared for them for over a week, taking two tablespoons of elderberry syrup every day, and I never got sick.
Q. HOW MUCH SHOULD I USE AND HOW SHOULD I USE IT?
A. I typically take two to four tbsp per day. Since it's not toxic in any way, I really don't pay attention to the amount. I like it in iced or hot tea, or sparkling water that we make at home. My favorite beverage is sparkling water, homemade kombucha, and Elderberry syrup combined. I know many people that enjoy adding it to their favorite vodka, rum, or gin. The sweetness of the syrup combined with the spices we use give almost any beverage a delightful flavor.
Q. WHAT ARE THE INGREDIENTS IN BITTERROOT BOTANICALS ELDERBERRY SYRUP?
A. Simple ingredients, complex process. Wildcrafted Elderberries (sambucus canadensis, sambucus nigras), organic cane sugar, distilled water, and a proprietary spice blend. FYI, our proprietary spice blend is kept in a safe along with the original Coke recipe and Colonel Sanders secret recipe LOL. We NEVER add any artificial preservatives or other artificial ingredients
Q. HAS BITTERROOT BOTANICALS ELDERBERRY SYRUP UNDERGONE PRODUCT TESTING AND APPROVAL?
A. Yes!!! This product and our process has been tested and approved by an accredited independent laboratory. It is manufactured and bottled in a licensed commercial kitchen and the staff (our family) has been properly trained and certified as master processors and food protection managers. Our facility and product is inspected and monitored by the Idaho Public Health Department and meets all FDA manufacturing, processing, and labeling requirements.