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About All Things Elderberry

 

While on a personal quest to find natural remedies to heal and protect herself and her family, our Founder, Emilia Rizzuto, created our special Elderberry Elixir and All Things Elderberry was established. 

This personal quest all started when Emilia was fifteen years old and doctors diagnosed her with Crohn’s disease. For the next fifteen years she would be subjected to every type of medication possible, all in a vain attempt to control her symptoms.  There were steroids, anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, and immunosuppressants.  The medicine that was supposed to be healing her was actually destroying her body and damaging her immune system. As a wife and mother, she desired a life free of illness and the side effects that accompanied every medication. She knew there had to be a better option, and so began her search for natural healing.  

During a particularly harsh flu season, Emilia started researching natural products and remedies to protect her family from getting sick. That’s when she found elderberries.

Using mostly local and organic ingredients she began experimenting with different elderberry elixir recipes. That season, she and her family remained healthy and untouched by the flu virus that was widespread in the community. From her home kitchen, she started bottling her elixir and sharing it with friends and extended family.  The reaction was remarkable and the results undeniable. People were feeling better, staying healthy or recovering from illness faster. With the encouragement of first “customers,” Emilia started sharing her elderberry elixir with the community. We are so happy she did! 

While Emilia knew she had something special, it wasn’t until a mutual friend introduced her to Susan Smith at a serendipitous, last-minute Lake of the Ozarks weekend that things started to coalesce.  Having the experience of running a business, but mainly because of her genuine kindness and warmth, Susan lent her expertise to Emilia. The two women became partners and out of this chance encounter, All Things Elderberry began. 

We know what we’ve created will help support your family’s health as much as it has ours.  

FACTS ABOUT ALL THINGS ELDERBERRY 

  • All Things Elderberry began in 2017 and has its roots in the local St. Louis, Missouri area. 
  • All Things Elderberry uses local resources and manufactures the product in our community.
  • Over the last three years, hundreds of customers have purchased over 10,000 bottles of our Elderberry Elixir.
  • We partner with over 30 retailers who sell our product in-store. 
  • Currently, All Things Elderberry is producing our Elderberry Elixir, along with other products such as Elderberry Elixir Dry Kits and Elderberry Apple Butter. 
  • Even though we want to share our elderberry products nationwide, we will always remain firmly rooted in our community, supporting our local providers and partners. 

 

Meet The All Things Elderberry Team

We have a very small, tight-knit team consisting of neighbors and friends who are moms and grandmas. Everyone involved believes in our product and is also a customer. We believe mothers give up so much of themselves to raise their children, so we choose to support these women. Also let’s be honest, no one gets stuff done like a mom! 

Emilia Rizzuto | Founder/CEO & Chief Elderberry Elixir Mixer

 

Emilia’s life-long battle with Crohn’s Disease led her to seek alternative therapies after a multitude of medications left her more ill and depleted. Emilia began her professional career in the fashion industry, but as she ventured to seek out nutritional support, natural remedies and wellness products to control her symptoms, she found her true calling. Emilia went back to school and obtained her certification in Nutrition Consulting with honors. As she helped herself and her family, she knew she wanted to do more and pass on the knowledge she has gained to others. Through her inspiring wellness journey, Get Real Health and All Things Elderberry were born.

Emilia lives in the suburbs of St. Louis with her amazing husband, son, daughter and furbaby, Kat the Dog. In her spare time, Emilia enjoys studying quantum physics, mastering creative and healthy recipes for everyday foods, taking Kat the Dog on long walks to wear her out, and watching superhero movies with her 10-year-old.

Susan Smith | CFO & Executive Elderberry Enthusiast

Susan and Emilia had a chance encounter through lake house vacation rentals and the rest is history! Previously, Susan and her husband ran their own business and at the time of meeting Emilia she was looking for her next adventure. Susan’s business experience and her generous heart led to her lending a hand in the running of All Things Elderberry. Not to mention it was a perfect fit because she’s a strong believer in natural health and preventative care!

Susan is our resident Martha Stewart who, while tinkering around in the kitchen, created our Elderberry Apple Butter. 

Susan also lives in the suburbs of St. Louis, with her equally amazing husband and furbaby, Lucy. They have a son and daughter and five grandchildren.  In her spare time, Susan loves playing with her grandbabies, crafting, interior decorating and remodeling, and cooking or baking wholesome delicious recipes (see, we told you she was our resident Martha!).