Elderberry has been highlighted in the news and various health blogs over the last few years. So what is this powerhouse herb? Why and how should you use it?
Elderberries, also known as ‘Sambucus’, are the fruit produced from the Elder tree or shrub. The tree blooms and flowers and produces berries. Not unlike many other berry-producing trees and shrubs, the elder shrub flowers also contain many beneficial and medicinal properties! More on this later.
Elderberries are harvested from the plant once ripe. It’s important to note that unripe berries are considered toxic and can cause nausea or diarrhea. These berries are packed with powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antiviral properties. They also provide a boost to the immune system.
Elderberry tincture or syrup is becoming the go-to for natural support at the onset of a cold or flu. Taken at the first sign of symptoms, elderberry can reduce the duration of illness as well as the severity of symptoms. It does this by interfering with the virus’s ability to replicate and strengthens cell walls to inhibit viral penetration.
Elderberry syrup is one of the most common methods of consuming elderberries. It’s generally safe for kids and adults, although many syrups contain honey, so it’s best for ages 1 year and up. It’s recommended to take Elderberry syrup at the onset of a cold or flu, but some people take elderberry as a daily supplement for its amazing immune boosting support.
Research has shown that elderberries can reduce the length and severity of sickness. Given this is the prime cold and flu season and the current outbreak of the Coronavirus seen worldwide, it’s not a bad idea to start a daily regime of Elderberry now to keep your immune system boosted.
Daily dosages can depend on personal preference, but if you’re currently fighting cold or flu-like symptoms, a conservative recommendation is about 4 teaspoons daily until symptoms subside.
Elderberry, along with a healthy diet of whole foods and a sanitary regime of hand-washing and avoiding areas plagued with disease, can be the best line of defense in fighting sickness. Both preventative and at its earliest stages.
You can find Elderberries at a variety of health and wellness stores. We offer both premade elderberry juice and our own elderberry kit. This is a DIY kit with everything you need to make your own elderberry syrup. Just add your own local honey, and you’re ready to go!
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