Elderflower Tincture Recipe and Benefits

elderflower tincture

This elderflower tincture recipe is easy to make and provides many natural benefits. Herbal tinctures are basically a concentrated herbal extract made with alcohol. Alcohol, such as vodka, is added to a fresh or dried herb to extract the active ingredients of the herb.

Herbal tinctures have been used for centuries for their healing properties and there are so many you can make and use, all with their own properties.

Tinctures are easy to make and can be taken internally or externally. You can make as much as you want and they can be taken straight or diluted. They also have a long shelf life and can last up to 5 years or more.

Try some of my other tincture recipes as well including elderberry tincture, white clover tincture, sweet gum tree ball tincture, honeysuckle tincture and lemon balm tincture.

This elderflower tincture recipe is made from the beautiful dainty elderflower. Elderflowers are the blossoms that come before the elderberry. We have all heard a lot about the benefits of elderberries, but elderflowers have many benefits as well.

The elderflower is such a big beautiful blossom that can be seen from far away. I have 3 elderberry trees that I found on my property growing wild.

Elderflowers on tree
elderflowers on tree

Some of the beneficial recipes that I have made from elderflower include elderflower jellyelderflower salve, elderflower tea and elderflower lotion bars.

Benefits of Elderflower

This article from RXlist states

“Elderflower is used for swollen sinuses (sinusitis), colds, influenza (flu), swine flu, bronchitisdiabetes, and constipation. It is also used to increase urine production (as a diuretic), to increase sweating (as a diaphoretic), and to stop bleeding.

Elderflower is also used as a gargle and mouthwash for coughs, colds, hoarseness (laryngitis), flu, and shortness of breath. It is used on the skin for joint pain (rheumatism), and pain and swelling (inflammation).”

**Much of the elderberry plant contains compounds considered toxic. Eat only the flowers and cooked berries, NOT the stems or leaves.**

elderflowers

How to Make Elderflower Tincture

The basic process starts with picking the elderflowers from a place that has not been sprayed with any chemicals. Remove the flowers from the stems. This recipe can also be made with dried elderflowers.

Add the fresh elderflowers to to a jar. I used a pint canning jar. Fill the jar about halfway full. If using dried elderflower, fill about 1/3 full.

elderflowers in mason jar for elderflower tincture

Pour vodka or grain alcohol into the jar (at least 80 proof) to at least cover the flowers. You can fill the jar almost to the top if desired.

pouring vodka over elderflowers to make elderflower tincture

Cover with a lid and store in a dark place out of direct sunlight for at least 4 to 6 weeks. When ready, strain the lemon balm leaves from the liquid and add the lemon balm extract to an amber jar.

Enjoy!

Enjoy making and using this very easy-to-make elderflower tincture.

See my website at www.HawkPointHomestead.com to learn more and for additional made from nature recipes, such as my sage salve recipepurple dead nettle salve recipeelderflower salve, elderflower lotion barrose petal lotion barpeony lotion barwhite clover lotion bar and my flower jellies including my dandelion jelly reciperedbud jelly recipelilac jelly recipe peony jelly and apple blossom recipe.

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elderflower tincture

Elderflower Tincture Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This elderflower tincture recipe is easy to make and provides many natural benefits. Herbal tinctures are basically a concentrated herbal extract made with alcohol. Alcohol, such as vodka, is added to a fresh or dried herb to extract the active ingredients of the herb.

Herbal tinctures have been used for centuries for their healing properties and there are so many you can make and use, all with their own properties.

Ingredients

  • Elderflower blossoms
  • 80 proof or higher alcohol, such as vodka or Ever clear

Instructions

  1. Add elderflower blossoms to a jar (the size of the jar is your preference)
  2. Add the alcohol to cover the white clover, can fill the jar if desired
  3. Stir and shake the contents and then add the lid
  4. Store in a dark place for at least 4 to 6 weeks and shake the jar every few days
  5. Strain the white clover from the tincture
  6. Add the strained tincture to a clean jar or amber-colored bottle

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