This is a vodka based remedy. If you have issues with alcohol, I highly recommend skipping this particular recipe or attempt to infuse rose hips and elderberries in raw apple cider vinegar!
How does this work? Make each ‘type’ separately. They come ready for harvest at different times and when finished they may be combined into one final ‘kick the cold’ tincture. If you don’t know how to make vodka-based tincture, know that is the most simple thing you can do!
Wild Blue Elderberry
Harvest in late-fall when clusters are black and softening. Rinse clean and de-stem. Place in jar and cover with 40% vodka. Let sit 6-8 weeks. Strain and bottle liquid in amber bottles.
Wild Rose Hips
Harvest in late-fall when rose hips are deep red and softening. Rinse, remove blossom and stem ends. Place in jar and cover with 40% vodka. Let sit 6-8 weeks. Strain and bottle liquid in amber bottles.
Harvest flowers in early summer when plant puts out blossom. Pick flower heads and strip fern-like leaves from stalk. Rinse to remove bugs, then place in jar. Cover with 40% vodka and let sit 6-8 weeks. Strain and store in amber bottles
Harvest in spring when golden flowers appear. Save flower heads and leave. Rinse to clean, then place in jar. Cover with vodka and let sit 6-8 weeks. Strain and store in amber bottles.
Kick the Cold Recipe
To make the final product (usually in Nov), roughly estimate and fill a tincture-dropper bottle 1/3 of the way with rose hip liquid, 1/3 with elderberry and top the remaining space with equal parts of yarrow and goldenrod. Take under the tongue every 1-2 hrs when you feel the cold coming on.