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!