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Making Elderberry Tincture

Elderberries ripen in late summer and early autumn and are fantastic to eat to stop a cold coming on.  In order to preserve these wonderful berries until winter (and longer) you can make an elderberry jam, syrup or tincture.  Today I have been on Wimbledon Common collecting hawthorn and elderberries and I am turning both into tinctures.  When you have collected your berries, take them home and pluck the berries from the stem and pile them into a glass container.  Finally, add vodka until the berries are fully covered and mash the berries around with a fork until its nice and mixed up.  Leave for two weeks and then filter.

What you are left with after this simple process is a beutiful elderberry tincture.  To use it, take approximately a 1/2 to a whole teaspoon 3 or 4 times a day when you feel a cold coming on and hopefully this will see it off!

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    Awesome stuff that taste great !
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    Elderberries are great at staving off illness. Some people swear by it. I have even seen medicines made from it...
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