Alicia Bayer wrote:
* One pint (two cups) fresh or half pint (one cup) of dried elderberries
* One pint of 100 proof vodka
1. Wash and sort the elderberries, tossing any stems or moldy berries. Fill a pint jar or other glass container with the elderberries, nearly to the top, and mash gently with a fork.
2. Pour in the vodka to completely cover the berries. Screw on the lid.
3. Shake the jar daily, topping it off with more vodka if needed. Let steep for 4-6 weeks.
4. Strain through a colander into a clear jar, pressing the berries to release all of their juice. Transfer to small bottles with droppers and store away from light. It will keep for several years, though it will lose potency somewhat after time and will be most effective the first year.[/list][/list]
Dosage: Adults may take 10 drops up to three times a day as an immune booster and to prevent illness. In times of illness, adults may take up to 30 drops, three times a day (20 drops is a quarter teaspoon). Drops may be administered in a glass of water or under the tongue.
* Note that this has alcohol, so use your discretion about administering to children. Standard traditional dosage of elderberry tincture for children over two years old in times of illness is 7-10 drops, up to three times a day, in a glass of water or tea. You may wish to avoid the alcohol and administer elderberry syrup or oxymel instead, or provide elderberries’ benefits with elderberry apple juice instead, gummies, popsicles or other alcohol-free remedies. Another workaround is to dissolve the extract in very hot water and allow it to cool. The small amount of alcohol will burn off.