Elderberries are one of those herbs whose name is pretty well known. But what exactly are they and why do they work to aid healing in our bodies?
Let's get down to the "Nitty-Gritty" of this plant:
Elderberries are rich in the flavonoid Quercetin* - this is believed to account for most of the therapeutic properties of the berry. The therapeutic properties are best known to combat flu viruses and respiratory ailments. Elderberries contain a compound that inhibits the ability of the flu virus to penetrate cell membranes and invade the respiratory tract.
They have also shown to relieve allergies and hay fever, soothe sore throats, combat sinusitis and lower fevers. They are also great relief for those suffering from inflammatory bowel disease and can serve as a gentle laxative.
Elderberries are full of tannins, amino acids, carotenoids, and Vitamins A and B. The high Vitamin C content in Elderberries account for the strong antioxidant properties that can protect against cell damage.
At NMM we ADVOCATE growing your own herbs! However, we know how busy everyone is -we want you to have Elderberries on hand ASAP. We have Elderberry Syrup Packets ready to go for when your family needs it immediately. (See the highlights of the Syrup Packets at the bottom of this post.)
PLEASE be careful when you are thinking about growing your own Elderberry Bush. There are some varieties that are poisonous. But fully ripe berries from the European Elderberry (Sambucus Nigra) are NOT poisonous. Before consuming, these berries should be boiled down into a syrup, as they do contain low levels of naturally occurring toxins. By boiling, the toxins are completely removed, leaving a safe, toxin-free syrup that is high in antioxidants, and highly beneficial for the immune system.
The North American medicine people say the elderberry has the power to “strengthen the inner warrior.” Elderberries have a history as a healing food, as recorded in a 1633 book called The Anatomie of the Elder. This is a book of 230 pages dedicated to documenting the medicinal properties of every part of the elderberry plant. So if you are into REALLY researching this plant more, we recommend that you pick up a copy!
We love giving Elderberry Syrup to our families and highly recommend it for flu season!
Elderberry syrup Highlights
*Don't understand what a flavonoid is? Click herefor a more in depth article.
*Quoted from WebMD: Quercetin is used for treating conditions of the heart and blood vessels including “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), high cholesterol, heart disease, and circulation problems. It is also used for diabetes, cataracts, hay fever, peptic ulcer,schizophrenia, inflammation, asthma, gout, viral infections, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), preventing cancer, and for treating chronic infections of the prostate. Quercetin is also used to increase endurance and improve athletic performance.
The information on this page has not been evaluated by the FDA or any other medical experts. Statements on this web site are not intended to be a replacement for medical advice from your personal physician.
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