GREEN (Ripe) Sweet Gum Balls (One Dozen)
Harvested while still green, the spiky green balls the American tree (Liquidambar contain Shikimic acid, the active ingredient in the flu medication, Tamiflu.
To make a tincture, cut the green balls into pieces and place in a clean Mason jar. Cover the balls with vodka or Everclear alcohol and tightly close the lid. Put in a cool, dark place for 4-6 weeks, giving the mixture a good shake about once a week. Strain the mixture after 4-6 weeks. Take 10-20 drops in juice at the first sign of cold or flu.