Brenda Berry’s Apothecary of Reikified Remedies

Welcome to my apothecary!
I’ve been enjoying great health, using, studying, educating and having fun with herbal medicine for at least 25 years. Here are some of my favorite remedies for maintaining exuberance, vibrance and good health, plus a few to help me move through it when I’m not at my best.

Medicinal Mushrooms – Mother Nature’s gift of wellness.


Mushrooms are the shining stars in the health & wellness arena and are being studied for their immune enhancing & anti-everything properties: anti-aging, anti-viral, anti-tumor, anti-cancer, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, antioxidant.  Additionally, medicinal mushrooms help regulate the immune system, reduce triglycerides, balance blood sugar, neuroprotective/nootropic, kidney and liver protective, balance hormones, and are aphrodisiac and libido enhancing.  

Medicinal Mushroom Concoction  with Chaga, Maitake, Reishi, Shiitake
This deep rich brew is a true bittersweet elixir, enriched by the deep earthiness of the mushrooms and the hearty sweetness of cinnamon and maple syrup.  The ‘ 4-days-in-the -crockpot’  slow cooking process effectively extracts the medicinal components of the mushrooms’ medicine – their immune-modulating long-chain polysaccharides.  This tonic works best over time when taken as part of your daily wellness regimen.   20% -25% alcohol content by volume as preservative This 4 shroom concoction is a delicious way to live healthier and available in 2, 4, 8 & 16oz sizes. Can be made without alcohol, frozen into ice cubes and safe for the whole family.

Elderberry and other Herbal Syrups

Trust your Elderberry! A delicious way to stay well any time year! When the temperatures drop and the nights grow longer, my attention is inevitably drawn to the impending cold and flu season. Herbal syrups are one of my favorite medicinal preparations for respiratory infections, especially in winter. Silky and sweet, golden with summer’s nectar, and sipped by the spoonful—medicinal honeys can be divinely flavorful.  Honey also has its own medicinal virtues, imparting antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory benefits to the syrup. It helps coat the throat, easing the spasms of dry hacking coughs and effectively taming nagging nighttime coughs. As you can imagine, honey can be quite soothing for sore throats. And children have a special affinity for honey—they are typically a good bit more excited about taking a medicinal syrup than straight tea or tincture. Herbal-infused honeys, made from dried herbs, have a very long shelf life—decades to perhaps centuries, or even millennia. I make custom blended cough syrup to address non-productive dry-hacking coughs and expectorants for congested coughs.  Please note  *It is not safe to give honey to children under 2 years of age.* 

DIY kits are the most economical way to get your daily requirements – and they’re FUN for EVERYONE!
Spiced Elderberry Syrup
with Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger & Honey

Quite popular as a remedy for colds & flu, Elderberry syrup has been used medicinally for centuries for a wide variety of ailments. The fruit is a tonic food and medicine for arthritic complaints. Additionally, elderberries are helpful in warding off colds, the flu, and other viruses – they are antiviral, help break fevers and possess decongestant qualities.  I add elderberries to my daily tonic as part of my overall and winter wellness regimens.  Safe for children and adults. Suggested Use:  1 tsp – 1 TBSP daily as part of your wellness regimen.  4oz – 8 oz and DIY kits available for family fun.   

Fire Cider – a delicious way to enjoy apple cider vinegar

in a nutshell, fire cider is a spicy herbal vinegar that is typically sweetened with honey. Many cultures throughout the world have their own version of this rousting concoction. Fire cider helps clear out the sinuses and wakes up the immune and circulatory systems. It can be taken to ward off a cold or other respiratory infection or to lessen sinus congestion by thinning mucus and stimulating its excretion. People who experience poor circulation can take a little swig of fire cider daily throughout the winter to move their energy and blood. Fire cider is taken by the dropper full or spoonful, depending on the strength and imbiber’s palette. As you might imagine, fire cider, with all its spicy ingredients, can potentially aggravate heartburn, peptic ulcers, and gastrointestinal inflammation, so go gently. That said – sometimes we don’t have enough digestive power and the food just sits and ferments in our stomach. This stuff has given me almost instant relief from heartburn due to overeating many times. No kidding!

Many Fire Ciders are often made from these classic ingredients: Ginger root, Horseradish root, Garlic, Onions, & Cayenne pepper, apple cider vinegar and honey added to taste. They have long shelf life, especially when refrigerated.

Crafted in small batches – it takes like a month – 6 weeks to brew. I like to get creative and add other healthy ingredients to enhance my blends. Here are a few of my favorites.

Dark Magic Fire Cider is an immune boosting concoction like no other fire cider. With elderberries, white pine, rosemary & thyme.
Green Man Fire Cider is mild and savory, without the heat – no peppers in this blend. Makes an excellent tonic featuring nettles, basil and spirulina & great for allergies.
These two Fire Ciders are quite a pair. Persephone’s features pomegranates, hibiscus, oranges & turmeric. Hades’ has both cayenne and jalapeño peppers, plus spirulina, nettles and a wee bit of pomegranate too. Devilishly delicious, nutritious! Makes a great cocktail and an even better ‘mocktail’ when mixed with lemonade and ice!

Tinctures/Salves/Tea Blends and Custom Tonics are also available. This site is being developed and more will be added as soon as I can.