Can you guess what I’m making?
Today I made elderberry tincture. Yes, I should’ve done this weeks ago before cold and flu season, but better late than never. This is great to have on hand when you feel like you’re coming down with something as elderberries are known for being effective against the influenza virus, H1N1, bacterial and viral infections and tonsilitis and boosting your immune system. They have a long history of use in traditional European medicine.
To make elderberry tincture, you’ll need elderberries (Sambucus nigra) and 100 proof alcohol. Most people use vodka, but we used moonshine because, well, this is Tennessee.
Fill a pint or quart jar half full of elderberries (you can use dried or fresh, I used dried). Then fill the jar with the alcohol, leaving a 1 inch head space, cap it and shake it up. Label with the date and contents, then let it sit in a cool, dark place for 4-6 weeks. When finished, strain through a fine mesh strainer and discard the berries. Pour the tincture into clean, sterile jars and store in a dark place. It should last 1-2 years.
To use, take 1 teaspoon 3 times a day when you feel like you’re coming down with the cold or flu.
*I am not a doctor or an herbalist. I have done research on herbal medicine and have chosen to use it in certain instances. You should do your own research and make your decisions based on that.