Elderberries and elderberry tea have been touted as a curative agent for colds and flu for more than 100 years. According to HealthCareTips.org, there is some evidence that elderberries have certain curative properties. If you have access to elderberry flowers, you can make your own elderberry tea any time you wish.
Collect the blooms from an elderberry plant and allow them to dry on a paper towel for at least 24 to 48 hours. Many health food stores sell dried elderberry flowers if you do not have access to your own flowers.
Crush approximately 1 oz. of elderberry blooms and two dried mint leaves into a tea infuser and place the infuser into a tea pot or cup.
Fill the tea pot or cup with boiling water and allow the crushed elderberry flowers to steep in the hot water for at least five minutes. Remove the infuser if brewing tea in a cup or pour the steeped tea from the tea pot into a cup.
Drink your elderberry tea straight or add a touch of honey for a slightly sweeter taste.