Let's talk about elderberries.
Elderberries fight the influenza virus and H1N1 while strengthening the immune system.
They contain high amounts of Vitamin C and moderate amounts of vitamins A and B6 and iron. They are also mildly anti-inflammatory.
The nation of Israel has completed several various studies on elderberries. The findings are surprising!
Mumcuoglu, who is president of Razei Bar, first tested her research on patients in the Southern Israel flu epidemic of 1992/3. The results were extremely encouraging. Within 24 hours, 20% of those patients taking Sambucol had dramatic improvements in symptoms like fever, muscle aches and pains and coughing. By the second day, 73% were improved and by day three, 90%. In the untreated group, only 16% felt better after two days. The majority of that group took almost a week to begin feeling better.
In 1995, laboratory studies were carried out at Hadassah, which showed that Sambucol was effective against human, swine and avian influenza strains. (Source.)
The Best Elderberries For Tinctures
Of all the types of elderberries, we want Sambucus nigra. These are edible when fully ripe. Unfortunately, most elderberries are toxic and should not be eaten raw. Once cooked, however, make any elderberries into jams, jellies, or even drinkable juice!
Sambucus nigra is an exception to the all-raw-elderberries-are-toxic rule. Keep in mind that even Sambucus nigra must be fully ripe.
For tincture making, don't cook your berries. And discard them once strained.
Always avoid red elderberries. These are toxic, cooked or not.
Finally, making an elderberry tincture is simple! Here's the step-by-step process of how to make an elderberry tincture!
- elderberries dehydrated or fresh
- glass pint or quart jar
- vodka 80 proof at minimum
- mesh strainer tea towel, or old clean t-shirt
- funnels optional
- dark colored bottles
- brown paper bag
Fill pint or quart jar half full with elderberries.
Next, fill with vodka, leaving 1 inch of head space.
Cap jar and give it a good shake to the chorus of ‘Jump in the Line’ by Harry Belafonte or ‘Shake it Up’ by The Cars. 😉
Label jar for contents and date, place in a brown paper bag, and set in a dark cool area for 4 to 6 weeks.
Once infusion time is up, strain through a fine mesh strainer, tea towel, or old clean t-shirt.
Then discard the berries. Some folks eat the Sambucus nigra elderberries raw as these are not toxic when fully ripened. I personally chose not to do this, and I discard them. If you’ve researched it and feel safe eating them, rinse your berries after tincture making and add to oatmeal or granola.
Now you have a tincture! Pour into clean, sterile, dark colored bottles. No dark bottles? Don’t fret, use a clean, sterile pint jar. Just place the jar back into a paper bag to shield the tincture from light.Dosage
When your immune system is compromised or you’re coming down with the flu or a cold, take 1 teaspoon of elderberry tincture 3 times a day.
Since tinctures can be rough to take straight, dilute in 8 ounces of water for easy drinking.
Giving tincture to children? Place 1 teaspoon of tincture in hot water (think hot like for herbal tea). This will evaporate the alcohol. Once cool, give to the child to drink.
Do you know how to make an elderberry tincture? What tips or advice would you add?
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