DIY Elderberry Tincture
By Alexis Rowe - November 13, 2015
Fall is upon us! Along with the gorgeous weather comes minor colds and coughs. You need something simple to help boost your body's immunity to the sniffles! Elderberries are an effective way to do just that.
Why Elderberries?Elderberries are one of the go-to immune boosting herbs because they do just that. By boosting your white blood cell count, your body has more "ambassadors" in the hand of the immune system; allowing your body to work more efficiently. It also is handy in reducing fevers as it is a diaphoretic, and helps to encourage sweating. Elderberry is best paired with Echinacea for enhanced immune boosting qualities. Toss in a catalytic herb, which helps the other herbs do their job more effectively, and you have a simple, immune boosting tincture.
Simple DIY Elderberry TinctureIngredients: Instructions:
- Combine all herbs in a large bowl and mix well.
- Place herbal mix in a glass jar.
- Pour hot, but not boiling water over the herbs until they are rehydrated. (Not enough water to make the herbs float, but enough to moisten all of the herbs.)
- Pour Vodka over herbs, leaving one inch headroom in jar. Put the lid on the jar, and tighten. Shake until everything is well mixed.
- Store in a dry, cool area, like a cabinet, for 2-3 weeks. It is best, but not mandatory, to shake the jar once daily.
- After the appropriate time has elapsed, strain herbs off using a cheesecloth, and store your tincture in a clean glass jar. Label your tincture and you are good to go!
What herbs do you use in your immune boosting tinctures?References:
- Gladstar, Rosemary (2001). Herbal Recipes For Vibrant Health. MA, Storey Publishing