How to Make Elderberry Extract


If you grow elderberries in your home landscape, get acquainted with the healing properties of this amazing berry. Elderberries contain powerful flavonoids that enhance the immune system. Additionally, according to WebMD, elderberries can provide relief from common cold and flu symptoms when you consume elderberries as an extract or a tincture. Be prepared for any illness by making a homemade elderberry extract.

Step 1

Wash the jar to ensure it is completely clean. Dry the jar with a dishtowel.

Step 2

Place the dried elderberries into the jar.

Step 3

Fill the jar to the top with vodka and screw the lid on tight.

Step 4

Shake the jar gently to incorporate the vodka and elderberries.

Step 5

Label the jar with the contents and the date. Place the jar into a dark location.

Step 6

Remove the jar every three days and shake it gently.

Step 7

Return the jar to the dark location and continue to store it for one month, continuing the process of removing the jar every three days to shake it.

Step 8

Open the jar after the month elapses and strain out the elderberries. Or, leave the elderberries in the vodka and use the extract as you need it. With the elderberries in the vodka, the extract will continue to strengthen with time.

Step 9

Take 1 tsp. elderberry extract up to five times per day during times of illness. Some people consume 1 tsp. each day to strengthen immune systems.

Things You'll Need

  • Glass jar with lid (quart size)
  • Dish-washing detergent
  • Dishcloth and dishtowel
  • ¼ lb. dried elderberries
  • Vodka
  • Label
  • Permanent marker


  • Natural News: Elderberries
  • WebMD: Elderberry Fights Flu Symptoms
Keywords: grow elderberries, elderberry flavonoids, elderberriesextract

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