Elderberry is an amazing curative for most viral issues. When put together with other anti-virals like echinacea and austragalus, it becomes even better. A number of years ago I ran across this great recipe for an Elderberry Tonic that I have found works wonders to prevent and heal colds and the flu. I normally purchase my herbs from the website www.mountainroseherbs.com, (with whom I have no connection other than being a satisfied customer), but you can use dried herbs from any source, although I prefer those that are organically grown:

Ingredients:

– 1 cup dried Elderberries

– 1/4 cup Echinacea

– 1/4 cup Astragalus

– 1/4 cup Horehound

– 1/4 cup Mullein

– 1/4 cup Peppermint

– 1/4 cup green tea

Put all these ingredients into a quart (or larger) jar and fill the jar with 80 or 100 proof Vodka. Put the lid on the jar and shake it well. Put the jar into a dark cupboard and take it out and shake it every day for a month. At the end of the month, strain out the herbs and rebottle the tincture. Some herbalists make their tinctures according to moon phases: starting the tincture on the dark of the moon, then decanting it on the second full moon afterwards (about six weeks later.) Others start their tincture on the full moon, hoping to potentize the tincture with the energy of the moon. Either way works well, as long as your intent is clear: to heal.

The alcohol will absorb all the properties of the herbs so there is no need for refrigeration. It will keep forever.

Dose:

Take 1 tablespoon twice a day as a preventative and 1 tablespoons 4 times a day if you have flu symptoms. Be aware that each quart has 16 ounces. Each ounce has 2 Tablespoons. 1 quart is a 32 day supply for one person when used as a preventative and a 16 day supply when used as directed when you have flu symptoms.

Tomorrow I’ll post directions for using glycerine to make the tonic alcohol-free for use with children, and a simple recipe for Elderberry Syrup for kids.