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DIY Elderberry Tincture
By Alexis Rowe - November 13, 2015

DIY Elderberry Tincture

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 Tincture

Ingredients: Instructions:
  1. Combine all herbs in a large bowl and mix well.
  2. Place herbal mix in a glass jar.
  3. 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.)
  4. Pour Vodka over herbs, leaving one inch headroom in jar. Put the lid on the jar, and tighten. Shake until everything is well mixed.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
If you are interested in alternative methods of making tinctures, and learning which one might be best suited to your needs, check out this blog post!
What herbs do you use in your immune boosting tinctures?
  1. Gladstar, Rosemary (2001). Herbal Recipes For Vibrant Health. MA, Storey Publishing


  1. Thyme D'Ambroseo
    Hi I made elderberry tincture, can u still make syrup with the tincture?.
    1. Meagan
      Yes, you can actually mix honey into your tincture to turn it into a syrup. In fact, a lot of store-bought elderberry syrups contain alcohol so there are no problems there.
  2. Debra Rodriguez
    Isn't Echinacea a relative to ragweed? Or am I thinking of something else? I'm highly sensitive to ragweed. I would love to use this tincture. Is the Echinacea necessary?
    1. Meagan
      Yes Echinacea is in the ragweed family, and no, it's not necessary in the formula. You can definitely leave it out.
    2. Kim
      I am pretty sure it is goldenrod that is related to ragweed. My husband is allergic as well. : )
  3. Carol
    Hi! When & how do you take this?
    1. Meagan
      30 drops daily (for an adult) for prevention of viruses is usually the recommended dosage for this type of tincture. If you come down with something, you'd want to take that amount 3-4 times a day throughout the course of the illness. This is just a suggestion as different elderberry tincture recipes will require different dosages depending on how they're made.
  4. Lora
    What about adding Stevia leaves to this? Will that sweeten it?
    1. Meagan
      I'm sure it will some Lora, but I'm not sure how much or how much stevia to use. You'll have to experiment with that one.