Elderflower tincture recipe, benefits and dosage


Elderberry flowers, thanks to its healing properties, have been used in folk medicine for centuries. Flowers and elderberries are among the most valuable herbal materials.

Elderberry flowers have many nutritional and health-promoting values. It is used for making wines, tinctures, oil and vinegar.

Basic recipe for elderberry flowers tincture requires:

  • 15 elderberry flower umbels,
  • 1/2 lemon,
  • 1/2 glass of sugar,
  • 1 glass of water,
  • 1 glass of spirit.

Toss the elderberry flowers into the gander, add the juice of squeezed lemon. Prepare a sugar syrup from water and sugar. Pour the cooled syrup over the flowers and set aside in a warm and sunny place for a week. After a week, strain the infusion through a sieve and add the spirit. Mix thoroughly and set aside in a dark place. Shake the bottle every 2-3 days.

After 4 weeks, filter, pour into a bottle and set aside for the next month in a dark and cool place. The longer it matures, the better in taste and aroma it will be.

Elderflower tincture
Elderflower tincture

Do you want to know more about elderflower tincture? Keep reading 🙂 I will cover uses, benefits, dosage, contraindications and at the end of article you can also find a list of equipment that might be useful when you will be making a elderflower tincture by yourself.

Where to buy elderflower for tincture?

If you are not using fresh herb you can find dried elderflower on Amazon here – 1 oz Organic Kosher Certified Botanical Dried Edible Elder Flowers C/S

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Elderflower tincture uses

Elderberry flowers tincture has tremendous healing properties, including having an expectorant effect, thin a runny nose, have an anti-viral effect, protect and strengthen the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract, strengthen immunity, have a diuretic effect, strengthen capillaries, stabilize the bloodstream, relieve headaches, cool, purify, capture free radicals, accelerate metabolism, counteract blood flushes to the head, soothe skin inflammation.

Elderflower tincture benefits

Tiny, white elderberry flowers used for tincture are primarily rich in flavonoids, including quercetin. They are also a raw material containing essential oil. Among the important organic substances responsible for the healing properties of elderberry flowers tincture, it is also worth mentioning, among others, phytosterols, triterpenes, phenolic acids, tannins, pectins and mucilages. This herb also contains a lot of mineral salts (in particular potassium, magnesium, calcium, sodium, phosphorus and zinc) as well as B vitamins and vitamin C.

Elderberry flowers tincture have been used for centuries as a recognized remedy for all kinds of colds and respiratory infections, especially with fever and cough. 

On the other hand the infusion works diaphoretic, helping to lower the body temperature, and expectorant, helping to get rid of mucus in a wet cough. It also supports the immune system in the fight against disease, and also has anti-inflammatory and disinfecting properties on mucous membranes. In addition to drinking, it is worth rinsing the throat with it in case of infections and using aromatic inhalations of this herb.

Elderflower tincture dosage

Best ratio to dose elderflower tincture is ½-1 teaspoon 3 times a day. 

What is elderflower tincture good for

Elderflower tincture has antiviral properties. Additionally, the elderberry flower tincture, as well as the fruit tincture, acts as an expectorant and protects the mucous membranes in the airways. In addition, they increase immunity, have a diuretic effect and stabilize the bloodstream.

What type of alcohol is used for elderflower tincture?

Most spirits used for drinking will work, but vodka or other grain alcohols that are at least 40% alcohol by volume work best. When using dried herbs, your best bet is to stick to an 80 or 90-proof alcohol, as they don’t have a lot of juices left, and it is best for extracting any water that’s left in the herbs out of them.

How long does elderflower tincture last?

When stored in a cool, dry place, herbal tinctures last at least three years, if not longer. If you use dark bottles, they will last longer because the light will not damage them. If your area is humid or hot several months out of the year, try storing them in the refrigerator during the hot and humid season, so they last longer.

Recommened edequipment – what you may need to have to make such tincture at home

I hope that you have found my article useful. Below I’ve gathered all items that I am using when making my tinctures, some of them, like airtight jars, are necessary, some are just handy, you do not need to have them all to be able to make a good tincture.  

recommended tincture equipment
Tincture equipment examples
  1. Airtight jars.
  2. Mortar for herbs – granite.
  3. Mortar for herbs – stainless steel.
  4. Funnels for filling bottles.
  5. Large bottles, dark glass.
  6. Medium bottles, dark glass.
  7. Small bottles with dropper, dark glass.
  8. Cloth for tincture filtering.
  9. Coffee filters for tincture filtering.
  10. Alcohol meter to check how strong is your vodka/spirit.
  11. Tincture press for better extraction.

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Other names of elderflower

If you would like to check more info about the elderflower here you can find webmd.com article about it

It is also known under such names: Arbre de Judas, Black-Berried Alder, Black Elder, Boor Tree, Bountry, Common Elder, Ellanwood, Ellhorn, European Alder, European Black Elder, European Black Elderflower, European Elderflower, European Elder Flower, Fleur de Sureau, Fleur de Sureau Noir, Flor de Saúco, Flos Sambuci, Hautbois, Haut Bois, Sambuc, Sambucus, Sambucus Flos, Sambucus Nigra Flos, Sambucus nigra, Seuillon, Sureau Commun, Sureau Noir, Sussier, Sweet Elder.

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