Elder Berry

Ripened elder berries

 

Elderberry (Sambuccus)  is a European  fruit  native to Europe, Northern Africa, and Western- and Central Asia with a long history of traditional use among European herbalists  since ancient times. Elder berries have long been used for making preserves, wines, winter cordials, and for adding flavor in many different recipes.

In recent years, dietary supplements and other natural health products containing extracts of the elderberry or juices and syrups of the elder berry have become popular in the U.S. as remedies for treating cold and flu symptoms.

 

 

 

Elder berry’s primary uses:

Cold and flu

Fevers

Antioxidant

Dosages:

EXPRESSED JUICE: 1 glass (presumably 8 oz.; size not specified
in original source) 2 times daily.
SYRUP: 1-2 tablespoons mixed with hot water.
TEA: 1 cup (made from 10 g dried berries) several
times daily.

Side Effects:

Unripe or berries not properly prepared can have toxic effects such as diarrhea or vomiting

Contraindications:

Consider consulting with your health care provider if pregnant

Any known allergy to the elder berry

Recipe for making a tea:

3 tsp of dried elder berry flowers

1/2 cup of boiling water

In a tea cup pour boiling water over dried flowers and let steep for 10 minutes, strain and discard flowers.  Your tea is now ready to drink!

 

 

 

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