Double-E Immune Booster / Making A Tincture

Double -E Immune booster tincture, vodka tincture, medicinal herbs, steeping herbs

Today I finished making a Double-E Immune Booster tincture for the upcoming cold and flu season just around the corner. Since it is included in the Bulk Herb Store ‘Drink to Health’ Kit Giveaway going on now, I thought I would show you how I did it. It contains both Elderberries and Echinacea (and others), hence the Double-E.

Making it into a tincture is only one way you can use this product~ you can also use it as a tea.

tea kettle, steeping herbs, hands with loose herbs

Elderberry is used for its antioxidant activity, to lower cholesterol, to improve vision, to boost the immune system, to improve heart health. It is also used for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and tonsillitis. Bioflavinoids and other proteins in the juice destroy the ability of cold and flu viruses to infect a cell and decrease the length of the sickness. Not much out there can slow or kill viruses, but elderberry seems to do just that~ we love it, and it works like nothing else! See my post on Making Elderberry Tincture here.

Echinacea stimulates the overall activity of the cells responsible for fighting all kinds of infection. Unlike antibiotics, which directly attack bacteria, echinacea makes our own immune cells more efficient at attacking bacteria, viruses and abnormal cells, including cancer cells. It increases the number and activity of immune system cells including anti-tumor cells, promotes T-cell activation, stimulates new tissue growth for wound healing and reduces inflammation in arthritis and inflammatory skin conditions.

Double-E immune booster, loose leaf herb, Elderberry, Echinacea

Have you ever made a tincture? Here are the simple, time-honored directions found on the Bulk Herb Store Preparing Remedies page:


“Alcohol tinctures (extracts) are easy to make. Fill a glass canning jar 1/3 – 1/2 full of the premixed herbs (1/2 full of herbs makes a stronger brew), and top off the jar to within about 1/2 inch from the top with rum or vodka. Cap the jar and set it in a dark, cool place for 3 – 6 weeks (shake mixture daily). Then, strain off and discard the herbs saving the liquid herbal tincture in glass containers that are clearly labeled and capped.

As adults, we take 1/2 – 1 teaspoon (30 – 60 drops or so) every 2 hours at the first sign of a cold or flu (any infection) until the symptoms diminish (5-6 days, no longer). We use less for children. Pregnant mamas (and children) can easily evaporate the alcohol by placing their dose in a hot liquid like tea or water before taking it.”

If you are concerned about an alcohol-based tincture for your children or yourself, that issue is addressed in a post I wrote in August of this year.

making a tincture, vodka bottle, vodka, loose herbs

The Bulk Herb Store page also tells us, “Alcohol tinctures are the most popular because alcohol is the most effective at drawing out the important properties of the herbs, and tinctures made with it have a longer shelf life (2 years or longer). Almost all store bought tinctures use alcohol as a base or include some amount of alcohol as a preservative. Vodka is what we use because it doesn’t have a strong odor and is affordable.

“Tinctures can also be made by using vinegar in place of the alcohol (following the same directions). Vinegar does not draw out an herb’s properties as well as alcohol, but it is very inexpensive, can be used as a gargle, and can be used to fight fungal infections. You may want to rinse after each dose to avoid enamel damage from the vinegar.”

loose herbs, double-E Immune booster

You will discover lots more on the Bulk Herb Store’s interesting and informative Preparing Remedies page.

Mamas, be your own herbalist. Shoshanna (BHS owner) learned just by watching her Mom when she was young; as you learn (like I did~little by little), you can transfer your excitement and interest to your children. I believe we need to rediscover these lost healing arts for our families and the next generation. Our Creator has given us everything right here on earth that we could need. Happy learning!

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9 Responses to Double-E Immune Booster / Making A Tincture

  1. Sally Ann says:

    Thanks so much for this post. I want to try this recipe but I only have frozen elderberries. We had a bumper crop of elderberries last year and I froze them to keep them until I wanted to use them, so will they work in this recipe?

  2. Melanie Bittinger says:

    Thank you so much! My husband and I were married 21 years before we had our only daughter. We are so blessed and thankful. It seems like our interests match up and I enjoy your blog and helps and encourages me so much, as I am in a different season of life! I am a Certified Health Minister and have been enjoying nature all my life. Only in the past 10 years, have I been serious about using these plants God provides for our nutrition and other benefits. : )

    • Jacqueline says:

      Thank you, Melanie for sharing a bit of your story with me. It is neat to see that many of our lives do have strong similarities and we can relate. Makes me think of 2 Corinthians 1: 3-6 ~ “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.” You must have read my testimony :)

  3. Pam says:

    I’m thrilled to learn about this website! These are just the things that I’m wanting to learn more about. I hope to order the Drink to Health kit soon.


  4. Joy says:

    My husband and I swear by the Double- E Immune Booster mix. My husband is in the Army and works long hours so his body tends to take a beating. I always make him tea when I start to hear him sniffle. I have never made a tincture before but it is definitely on my to do list for the winter. So thankful for the Bulk Herb Store!

  5. BUSY MOM IN AL says:

    We use the Double E-Immune Booster for our colds too. Just found a tea ball in my grandfather’s WWII trunk and plan to try it the next time I make some. I would love to try the Herba Smoothie Mix !

  6. I LOVE this tincture… and LOVE Bulk Herb Store! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Sueann says:

    I love the Double E immune booster but i’ve recently read quite a bit about how if you use stuff like this, your immune system can come to use it as a crutch and it’s not good for the long run. You ever heard anything like this?

    • Jacqueline says:

      Yes, Sueann, it is true, and with any of these wonderful things, they are meant to be used only when really needed, and then, only for a short time. I want into the post and reworded for further clarity: “every 2 hours at the first sign of a cold or flu (any infection) until the symptoms diminish (5-6 days, no longer).” Thanks for making it clearer :) Blessings to you and to your family.

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