Elderberries Organic - 1lb
European Elderberries Whole, Organic
Scientific Name: Sambucus nigra
Elderberries are the fruit of the Sambucus tree. The most common type is the Sambucus nigra. The tree has clusters of small white or cream elderflowers and bunches of small blue or black elderberries. The flowers are harvested in early summer, and the berries in the fall.
Native Americans used elderberries to treat infections; ancient Egyptians used them for healthy complexions and to heal burns; while Hippocrates, the “Father of Modern Medicine,” considered the elder tree to be his “medicine chest.” Today it is considered around the world to be one of the world’s most healing plants.
The berries and flowers of elderberry are packed with antioxidants and vitamins that may boost your immune system. They can help tame inflammation, lessen stress, and help protect your heart, too. It has been used as a treatment for: • Cold & Flu symptoms • Constipation • Joint and muscle pain • Infections that affect how you breathe • Headaches • Fever • Kidney problems • Epilepsy • Minor skin conditions • Stress • HIV and AIDS
Elderberry is considered by many herbalists and satisfied users to be nature’s answer to Tamiflu, a drug that is commonly used to nip influenza in the bud. Elderberry works in a similar way by preventing the virus from adhering to human cells and multiplying. Traditionally, elderberry preparations are taken early enough to head off a massive viral invasion right from the start.*
Elderberries are also quite delicious! In the United Kingdom, one can find elderberry jam in corner stores as well as cordials and sodas made from the flowers.
Get to know this diminutive purple berry and learn how you can integrate it into your daily habits to give your immune system support, and to help you stay feeling well all year round.
Caution: Consumption may cause digestive discomfort. Please consult your healthcare practitioner before use.
Tea Directions: Pour 1 cup boiling water over 1 teaspoon elderberries, cover and let steep 3-5 minutes.
*No-Alcohol Elderberry Syrup Formula by Master Herbalist Lee Wellard:
½ cup elderberries
2 cups water
¼ cup Echinacea root (or leaf)
2 tablespoons ginger
2 cups honey or vegetable glycerine
Instructions: Place all ingredients except honey in a saucepan. Turn heat to high and wait until mixture comes to a boil. Once it has boiled turn temperature down to low-medium heat and stir periodically until only half of water has evaporated. Then set aside saucepan for 15-20 minutes to cool down. After mixture has cooled down, strain into a bowl and then add twice the amount of honey into the bowl and stir thoroughly. Make sure that your bottle is ready and sterilized before pouring mixture into bottle. Store in a cool place and refrigerate after opening.
*Lee Wellard, Master Herbalist and experienced Natural Remedies Instructor
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.