How to make elderberry tincture and what benefits does it have


Elderberry tincture has many health-promoting properties. First of all, it works well in the case of colds. It has an expectorant effect, thins a runny nose and strengthens the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract. It also has a diaphoretic and diuretic effect, thanks to which it helps to remove toxins from the body.

Elderberry fruits for tincture

How to make elderberry tincture at home? Fill your airtight jar with about 2 cups of fresh elderberries, cover the elderberries with the alcohol (vodka or other grain alcohols that are at least 40% alcohol by volume work best [80-proof]), and put the lid on. After 5 weeks, strain the elderberries with a fine mesh strainer or thin kitchen towel and then pour the elderberry tincture into your dark bottle.

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

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Where to buy elderberry for tincture?

If you are not using fresh herb you can find dried elderberry on Amazon here – Dried Elderberries 100% Natural European Whole Wild Crafted Elder Berry Sambucus Nigra 1 Pound.

Elderberry tincture benefits

Elderberry tincture will be helpful in the treatment of colds – it has diaphoretic properties, has antipyretic and expectorant properties. It also relieves pain and cleanses.

Elderberry tincture (Latin Sambucus nigra) is, next to the juice, a very simple and tasty way to use the health-promoting properties of this plant, which has been used for healing purposes for centuries. Some even call it a medicinal or pharmacy lilac. Black elderberry grows in wet places, on the edges of forests, in parks, on rivers. In natural medicine flowers and fruits are usually used.

Elderberry fruits

Additionally, it has an antiviral effect, soothes headaches and speeds up metabolism. It also has a beneficial effect on the skin, alleviating any inflammation, including acne.

Elderberry tincture also helps to lower blood pressure. This is due to the choline contained in the fruits.

Thanks to the antiviral effect, elderberry tincture can also cure herpes. It actively fights the HSV-1 virus and can help you get rid of the problem forever.

Elderberry immunity tincture

Elderberry which can be used for tinctures is primarily a source of essential oils and flavonoids, i.e. powerful antioxidants that actively fight free radicals. In addition, the tincture contains glycosides, plant sterols that prevent the accumulation of fats.

In elderberry juice we find valuable vitamins and minerals, such as: vitamins A, B vitamins, vitamin C, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, sodium, iron, manganese, copper and zinc.

Elderberry tincture side effects

If we consume too much elderberry fruit juice or tincture made from fruits or flowers, there is a risk of diarrhea and abdominal pain. It is worth watching the body’s reaction, especially in the initial period of using elderberry.

Elderberry tincture dosage

It has been checked that the standard beneficial and safe dose of elderberry in terms of elderberry juice is just over half a glass. However, in the form of tinctures or syrup, the amount should be smaller, similar to preserves and jams. As for the syrup, up to 1/5 of glass per day is recommended.

Elderberry tincture recipe – how to make

Ingredients for elderberry tincture:
• 4 cups of elderberry fruit
• 4 cups of spirit 96 percent.
• 2 cups of water
• 5 tablespoons of sugar

Rinse the fruit in a sieve, drain well, pour into the airtight jar, pour in alcohol. Put in a warm, dark place. After a month, filter. Boil a syrup from water and sugar, cool it down and combine with alcohol. After a week, filter, pour into bottles, screw the cap tightly and set aside in a dark, moderately cool place. The tincture is ready after about 6 months.

Elderberry tincture and fruits

Elderberry tincture from dried elderberries

Fill your airtight jar with about 1 cup of dried elderberries, cover the elderberries with 4 cups of alcohol, and put the lid on. After 5 weeks, strain the elderberries and pour the elderberry tincture into dark bottle. You can use sugar syrup as with fresh fruits or you can leave tincture without sugar if you prefer.

Elderberry tincture without alcohol/ alcohol free with glycerin

You can make a glycerin-based, alcohol-free herbal extract from elderberry — also known as an herbal glycerite.  A glycerin-based, non-alcoholic elderberry extract takes just 3 days.

Put herbs in jar about 1/2 way. Fill to the top with glycerine. Cover and put in slow cooker (or Instant Pot with slow cooker feature) that’s lined with a towel and filled with water — run on low for 3 days. Remove and strain – it will be ready much faster than alcohol based tincture.

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 elderberry

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

It is also known under such names: Arbre de Judas, Baccae, Baises de Sureau, Black-Berried Alder, Black Elder, Black Elderberry, Boor Tree, Bountry, Common Elder, Elder, Elder Berry, Elderberries, Elderberry Fruit, Ellanwood, Ellhorn, European Alder, European Black Elder, European Black Elderberry, European Elder, European Elderberry, European Elder Fruit, European Elderberry, Fruit de Sureau, Grand Sureau, Hautbois, Holunderbeeren, Sabugeuiro-negro, Sambequier, Sambu, Sambuc, Sambuci Sambucus, Sambucus nigra, Sambugo, Sauco, Saúco Europeo, Schwarzer Holunder, Seuillet, Seuillon, Sureau, Sureau Européen, Sureau Noir, Sus, Suseau, Sussier.

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