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Make Your Own Elderberry Tincture to Ward off Cold and Flu Season!

March 30, 2017

Make Your Own Elderberry Tincture to Ward off Cold and Flu Season!

Cold and flu season is officially upon us. No matter how robust your immune system, how careful you are to avoid germs, how many flu shots you take… you will be exposed, and it’s only a matter of time before it brings you to your knees. A cold is an inconvenience at best and several weeks off of work or a visit to the hospital at worst.

So let’s do everything we can to avoid that, yeah? Especially if you are ever in contact with children: at a school, at home, in the store (via the dried snot left on your grocery cart as you arrive) the germs and viruses are everywhere, just waiting to attack. And if you’re anything like me, you don’t love taking medicine. Not only are they made of yucky chemicals that aren’t good for you and stay in your tissues for years, there are other baddies such as brain-toxic artificial colors and preservatives that we try to avoid in our food.

So why would we expose ourselves to those things while we’re sick? One remedy I found a couple of years ago is elderberry syrup. It’s all natural, it’s made from berries, and its use goes back thousands of years. It’s also effective. It’s easy enough to find, but it’s slightly expensive and it has a lot of sugar and a couple of other ingredients that I’d kind of rather do without. So I set out to make my own. And it was easy! The best part is that it’s simple: you only need 3 ingredients, it’s super easy to make, it actually tastes really good, and it's got honey (which is another cold remedy).

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dried elderberries (some people have elderberry trees… lucky! Otherwise they’re on Amazon)
  • 3 cups filtered water
  • 2-3 Tablespoons honey, to taste

Directions:

  1. Put the water and the elderberries in the clay pot
  2. Set to “warm” overnight
  3. Strain off the berries and add in the honey, mixing it in while it’s still warm
  4. Refrigerate for up to 3 weeks
Note: If you want it to last longer, you can add a little bit of vodka, which discourages mold growth (even store-bought cough syrup has some alcohol in it, so it’s still safe for the little ones) You can add other herbs like elderberry flowers or rose hips for added nutrients and different flavors. Let us know how you like it!

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