Tincture of Elderberry and Elderberry Syrup


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The following was sent to me from the late Goat Lady. She was an excellent herbalist and patient like you wouldn't believe with the anal-retentive, precise measurement part of me.

As I noted in the Plague string, Elderberry tincture/syrup has been proven in a double blind study to decrease the severity of and shorten the duration of flu symptoms.

The OTC product SAMBUCOL is an elderberry product.

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Tincture - Basically –

Using dried elderberries you will a glass jar 1/3 full of dried berries, fill the jar with 80 proof vodka, cap, shake and let sit in a dark cool place for at least 7-10 days, strain and store dark and cool.

Using FRESH berries fill the jat 1/2 full, then add the vodka to fill, cap, shake, and as above for 7-10 days.

Dosage as below.

Elderberry Syrup Recipe
7 cups elderberry juice
8 ¾ cups honey
3 cups 80 proof vodka
(if you're starting with dried berries, to get "juice", put 1 cup of berries in a quart jar and pour 2 cups of boiling water over them. If they soak it up, add a bit more. Stash in the fridge or a cool, dark place for 24-48 hours. Then strain, and squeeze every bit of liquid you can out- you can twist the berries in a muslin towel and get most of it. You'll need three "jars" of the stuff to get enough for 7 cups. )

Warm the elderberry juice to hot, but not boiling temp between 150° and 180°F should be plenty. Stir in the honey and stir until it’s completely dissolved and blended.

Remove from the heat, and stir in the vodka.

Pour into sterile jars or bottles (sterilize them by boiling for 5-10 minutes in boiling water, then let drip dry upside down until filling)

Cap and LABEL. Store in a cool DARK place (or bottle in dark brown glass)

Standard dose for adults would be:
Prophylaxis (prevention) 1 tablespoon (15 mls, or 1/2 ounce) 2x a day. If there is active flu in your office or family, double that, or take more often.

Treatment: 1-2 tablespoons every 3-4 hours

Children under 12: half the adult dose

Toddlers and infants: Talk to your doctor! But, lacking that, 1 tsp at similar intervals to the adult dose should be adequate.

There is NO way to overdose on this! Put it in juice, jello, pour it over ice cream- any way you can get the kids to take it is fine.

If you do not want to use any alcohol in the syrup, use
7 cups elderberry juice
14 cups honey

Proceed as above, ignoring the reference to the vodka.

If you don’t want to use honey (probably best to NOT use it for babies under 1 year)
7 cups elderberry juice
11 ½ cups sugar

Stir until the sugar is dissolved in the hot juice, then bottle.


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Outstanding. I am adding this to my prepper docs and recommend that everyone else does as well. Thank you @WolfBrother !


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Added to my medical document archives. Thanks.
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