This echinacea and elderberry tincture is an effective and delicious way of strengthening your immune system against winter ailments. It expels the cold and warms the body, and strengthens non-specific immunity. Fresh ginger warms the body and has an antimicrobial effect, while garlic, thyme, and chili pepper fortify diaphoretic and antimicrobial action. Echinacea root is recognized for decreasing the risk of catching colds and flu.
- 3⁄4oz (20g) fresh ginger,
- 23⁄4oz (80g) echinacea root, freshor dried,
- 3⁄4oz (20g) thyme leaves, fresh or dried,
- 2 garlic cloves (optional),
- 1 fresh chile with seeds (optional),
- ½ cup elderberries, fresh or dried,
- 16fl oz (500ml) good-quality vodka.
Makes 1 month’s supply
- Cut the fresh ginger and echinacea into thin slices, pull the fresh thyme leaves from their stems, and mince the garlic and chili pepper. Carefully squeeze the elderberries.
- Put all the ingredients except the vodka into a large glass jar with a secure-fitting lid. Pour over the vodka, close the lid tightly, and shake several times.
- Put the jar in a dark cupboard. Check it every day, shaking the jar several times. After six weeks, open the jar, strain the ingredients through a muslin or cheesecloth bag, transfer the liquid in a sterilized amber glass bottle, label with the names of all the ingredients, and date.
- Take one teaspoon (5ml) 2–3 times daily in a cup of hot or cold water. You can use the tincture during the autumn, winter, and early spring months.