Elderberry has been said to remove toxins in the body, promote urine flow and reduce inflammation in joints, tendons, muscles and ligaments. It also strengthens cell membranes to keep viruses from entering.
Elderberries are also rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are compounds that rid the body of harmful free radicals, which are responsible for many different degenerative diseases.
Elderberries are an invaluable complement to traditional medical treatments for viral and bacterial infections.
In 2011 BioMed Central published a study that found elderberry extracts tested in lab samples, inhibited the growth of viral and bacterial cells after 48 hours.
Another study published by Nutrients in 2016 tested the ability of elderberry compounds to reduce cold virus duration and symptoms in air travelers and found a clinically significant difference compared with a placebo.
Some people like elderberry syrup while some don’t. With the syrup, most people are taking anywhere from 1/2 tsp. to 1 tbsp. per day, just as a preventative. That’s 2 – 15 ml.
With a tincture, you only need very tiny doses. Think, 0.1 – 1 ml.
If elderberry tincture is not your thing, it’s easy to hide the tiny dose in juice, or even water!
While the raw honey used in my elderberry syrup has tons of health benefits, some people can't or don't do sugar. Also, children under a year old should never be given honey, so elderberry syrup isn't an option. These are not concerns with a tincture.
I offer my elderberry tincture, made with elderberries, grain alcohol, and distilled water, in 30ml, dark glass dropper bottles.