It is cold and flu season!
Elderberry Syrup is my go to remedy for any cold and sinus issues, especially during the flu season. Personally, at this time of year I take Elderberry Syrup every day to prevent the flu. I also take my Fire Cider (Fiery Astragalus in Apple Cider Vinegar), Oregano Oil Capsules, Vit. D, Vit. C, and Osha Tincture. For more information about that see my article: My Immune Boosting Routine.
History and Uses of Elderberry in Herbal Remedies
The berries and flowers of Elderberry (Sambucus) have been used as an herbal remedy for centuries in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. They are packed with antioxidants and vitamins that may boost your immune system. They can help with inflammation, lowering cholesterol, stress relief, and may help to protect your heart, too.
Sambucus nigra is the variety of Elderberry that is most often used for health benefits. In the US, it can be found most often in dried berries or flowers for tea, syrups, jams, gummies, and other processed forms.
Harvesting your own Elderberries & Precautions
I grew up picking them for my Grandmother to make her famous Elderberry Jam and Pies. Yum! I do not harvest the Elderberries or Elder Flowers that I sell. They come certified organic from a wholesale company.
If you are going to pick your own, please be very certain that it is really Elderberry. There are many poisonous plants that look similar and that I have witnessed other people mistake for Elderberry.
Other parts of the elder tree, including the branches, twigs, leaves, seeds, and roots, are toxic. They contain glycoside, a form of cyanide.
Small amounts of unripe or uncooked berries or flowers from the plant can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Larger amounts can cause even more serious poisoning.
Elderberry is a diuretic. Please use caution if you are taking any medications that are also diuretics.
Here at Transformational Healing we do not diagnose or treat clients. The above information is a gathering of knowledge from books on herbal and magical lore and traditions that have been passed down through generations. As with all herbal medicines, please use Elderberry with the assistance of a Naturopathic Doctor or appropriate health care practitioner.
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