Making an elderberry winter tonic for your family is really pretty simple. I used to pay a ton of money for this very same medicine each year before I knew how to make my own. These instructions are for fresh elderberries, but you can also use dried ones, in case there aren’t any elder trees in your area. Even if you need to buy the berries instead of collecting them for free, it’s a much cheaper option for getting this great medicine, and totally worth the small effort of making it. And one more thing… it’s delicious.
Take a teaspoonful daily during cold and flu season, or use it in delicious ways: as a pancake syrup, mixed into yogurt, as a drink mixer… There are so many ways to enjoy it, so even if you never get sick, it’s a fun thing to have on hand. You can also use this tonic to make fermented elderberry soda! Just dilute to the sweetness of juice and follow the instructions for fermenting from there.