Elderberries (Sambucus nigra) are used to make fantastic home remedies for colds and flu and are backed by both science and traditional use.
Elderberries are most often turned into sweet and tasty syrups to help our bodies but here is another alternative that works well also.
Ingredients needed for tincture:
· 80 proof or higher alcohol (such as vodka, 120 proof is better)
· Canning Jar or other glass storage container
· herbs, optional (see list below)
We also think adding some other herbs in the tincture can add some other benefits but is completely optional.
Optional Antiviral herbs you may want to add:
· Bee Balm (Monarda sp.) flowers
· Echinacea (echinacea purpurea) leaves & flowers
· Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)
· Sage (Salvia officinalis) leaves
· Thyme (Thymus sp.) leaves & flowers
Directions to make elderberry tincture:
1. Fill the jar about 1/4 of the way with dried elderberries. Add a few pinches of antiviral herbs, if you’d like.
2. Add vodka to the jar until it’s almost filled to the top.
3. Use a canning tool or a knife to gently stir and release any air bubbles; add more vodka if needed.
4. Cover with a lid, label, and tuck in a dark cabinet for 4 to 6 weeks, or longer.
5. Strain and pour the elderberry infused liquid into glass jars or tincture bottles. We suggest amber bottles to help protect the tincture from light.
Try adding it to a hot tea or Coffee, to help the alcohol evaporate, or try dropping a small amount into ginger ale or other tasty drink throughout the day.
If you’re pregnant, nursing, on medication, or have any health concerns or questions, please consult a qualified health care provider before using herbal home remedies such as this one.
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