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Winter Botanical Drinking Vinegar--What's in it?

Updated: Jul 20, 2021

What is a drinking vinegar?


A drinking vinegar is an apple cider vinegar that’s been mixed or infused with fruit or sugar. Drinking a shot of vinegar has been practiced for thousands of years because of it’s proven digestive and health benefits— Apple cider vinegar has many antimicrobial properties and many antioxidants.


What’s in Old Tree’s Winter Botanical Drinking Vinegar?


Our Winter Botanical Drinking Vinegar has an elderberry-infused apple cider vinegar as a base— this drinking vinegar is a departure from our usual shrub cordial offering. It is an even more powerful concentrate with all the health benefits that come along with drinking vinegars. We carefully chose several energizing, immune-supporting ingredients that are also often used in traditional medicinal remedies.


Our drinking vinegar has over 17 ingredients packed in— many foraged from around Sussex, and some of them even come from Rock Farm where we have planted our Drink Forest Gardens and edible hedgerows. This drinking vinegar is also refined-sugar free! Instead we have naturally sweetened it with apple and pear juice scrumped at our social harvesting event at permaculture farm Three Pools in Wales.


🌿 PINE 🌿⁠

💚 Pine nuts are good for your bones: they are high in vitamin K, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc and manganese , which contribute to bone maintenance ☠️⁠

💚 Pine is also very ❤️ friendly because of the monounsaturated fatty acids that help benefit in reducing cholesterol levels in the blood.⁠

💚 Pine nut oil (which is a similar compound to our pine hydrosol) is widely used in many traditional medicinal remedies and aromatherapy. The main chemical components in pine oil are borneol, bornyl acetate, α and ß-phellandrene, α-pinene and ß-pinene. ⁠


🌿 HAWTHORN 🌿⁠

💚 Hawthorn berries are loooaded with antioxidants, specifically polyphenols, which have several health benefits⁠

💚 Hawthorn berries are good for your ❤️, and can lower blood pressure, decrease blood fats and even prevent hair loss!⁠

💚 Hawthorn berries have anti-inflammatory properties that can improve health ⁠

🌿 MUGWORT 🌿⁠

💚 Rumour has it that Mugwort is linked to magic and has been used since Roman times as protection in the wilderness ✨⁠

💚 Its most beneficial qualities: this is an energy-boosting nerve-calming herb, and is commonly taken to help with digestion, as a diuretic, and to promote regular menstrual cycles.⁠

💚 Mugwort is an important herb in traditional Chinese medicine: Moxibustion is a Chinese heat therapy which consists of burning dried Mugwort on particular points on the body.⁠


🌿 ⁠ECHINACEA 🌿 ⁠

💚 Vitamins and minerals you can benefit from in Echinacea are iron, vitamin C and riboflavin.⁠

💚 ⁠Historically, echinacea root and root juice were used as herbal medicines to treat toothaches, sore throats, snakebites and blood poisoning. ⁠

💚 Today there are more than 200 medicines derived from purple Echinacea extract!! And it's a primary ingredient in immune-boosting herbal teas.⁠


🌿 ⁠ASTRAGALUS 🌿 ⁠

💚 The powerful extract from astragalus root has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years.⁠

💚 It's most beneficial quality: it boosts your immune system and is super energising! ⁠

💚 Astragalus is an adaptogenic herb: this means it adapts to what your body needs and can help the body deal with a variety of issues.⁠


🌿 ⁠ELDERBERRY 🌿 ⁠


💚 We've been eating all of the elderberry plant since early history, and each part of the plant has benefits!⁠

💚 The berries and flowers are antioxidant and support the immune system while the flowers and bark are typically used as diuretics and laxatives.⁠

💚 Elderberries have traditionally been a winter time companion because of their flu fighting powers: they're rich in bioflavonoids like quercetin, glycosides, and rutin, and ⁠

vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, B6, and iron⁠

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