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    1. Sterilize 6 pint mason jars, lids and bands. Cool to room temp. Keep all other utensils sterile. With sterilized spoon scoop straight into original packaging of Sambucas nigra (dried elderberries) and fill each jar 1/3 full. Pour 80 proof unflavored vodka (any inexpensive brand) to fill up remaning 2/3 space in jar. Leave 1/8″ head space. top with lids, then apply bands snugly. Place on dark shelf away from light or a heat source. They’ll stay there a minimum of 14 days, maximum of 21 days. Shake the jars once a day very well. Then after the time required sieve the berries and separate the juice into a clean bowl. Press the berries to extract as much juice as possible. Pour your filtered juice back into the jars , rinse clean the lids, reapply and tighten the bands back on the jars. Label jars with date and contents. Do not can as the heat will kill the anti-viral properties of the tincture. Storr in a cool, dry place for a few years. Take 1 to 2 Tablespoons 1 to 4 times a day when needed.
      I got this off the internet several years ago and have made and used it.

    2. Elderberry Syrup

      2 cups water
      1 cup dried elderberries or 2 cups fresh elderberries
      1 cup raw honey

      Simmer water and elderberries in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat for 30 minutes.

      Remove pan from heat and mash the elderberries.

      Strain the mixture using a fine strainer, cheesecloth, or even a coffee filter.

      Discard the pulp.

      When the temperature of the berry juice drops below 100 degrees, stir in the honey.

      Store in a canning jar in the refrigerator.

      1. In case anyone wants to be more efficient by mixing the raw honey with water in the beginning – DON’T. The enzymes in raw honey are destroyed by heat. That is why the mixture has to be cooled below 100 degrees before adding raw honey.

    1. Hi Cooked Frog,

      She means, I think, that you do not want to be trespassing on someone else’s property to obtain the plant roots unless society has collapsed and no-one is in residence on said private property. If you find these plants in the cities towns and suburbs most likely they are being used for landscaping. If you have these plants on your own private property by all means harvest them.

      We happen to have these plants growing wild here on our ranch which is rather cool to learn more about ways to use them for health purposes. Thank You Jen R for writing this article. It will be a blessing for many in the near future, I am sure.



    2. Avalanche Lily got it exactly right. I’m sorry I wasn’t a bit more clear on that. Of course, there is always the potential for pesticide and herbicide use on commercial landscaping as well.

      Thank yo so much for your kind comments, Lily.

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