During autumn, winter, and early spring months, most people need something to nurture their immunity, defend their bodies from external pathogenic influences (rampant cold and flu viruses), stimulate their blood, warm the body, and maintain high energy level. The ingredients used in this elderberry and liquorice tincture are known to do just that. You can also take this blend to shorten the duration of a cold or flu.
- scant 1oz (25g) elderberries,
- scant 1oz (25g) echinacea root,
- 1⁄4oz (10g) liquorice root,
- 1⁄4oz (10g) ginger root, grated,
- 1⁄4oz (10g) cinnamon stick, broken into small pieces,
- 3⁄4oz (20g) peppermint,
- 14fl oz (400ml) good-quality vodka.
- Finely chop all the dried ingredients, but watch out not to powder them.
- 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.
- Label the jar with all the ingredients and the date. Put the jar in a dark cupboard and shake it at least once every day for next three weeks.
- Strain the contents of the jar through a muslin (cheesecloth) bag into a measuring jug and transfer the tincture into an appropriately sized (12–14fl oz/350–400ml) sterilized amber glass bottle. Seal the bottle.
- Label with all the ingredients and the original starting date.
- Start by taking a few drops every day and build up to one teaspoon 2–3 times daily. Use the tincture within six months.
NOTE: Don’t use this tincture if pregnant.