ELDER BERRY (Sambucus nigra and S. canadenis) aka “Elder,” “Elder Flower” Used for its anti-oxidant activity, to lower cholesterol, improve vision, boost the immune system, improve heart health and for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and tonsillitis. Elderberry juice was used to treat a flu epidemic in Panama in 1995. Because elderberries (sambucus) have been a folk remedy for centuries in North America, Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa, today the medicinal benefits of elderberries are being investigated and rediscovered. Bioflavonoids and other proteins in the juice destroy the ability of cold and flu viruses to infect a cell. People with the flu who took elderberry juice reported less severe symptoms and felt better much faster than those who did not. Most species of the berries are edible if picked ripe and then cooked, however, it is important to note that most uncooked berries and other parts of plants from this genus are poisonous. Sambucus nigra is the variety of Elderberry most often used for health benefits as it is the only variety considered to be non-toxic even when not cooked, but it is still recommended to cook the berries at least a little to enhance their taste and digestibility.
- Primary Uses: Here are a few of the ailments Elder Berry can provide relief for: • Cholesterol (lower) • Colds/Flu • Immune System (strengthen) • Infections • Vision (improve)