Elderberries have a long history as a folk cure for a variety of ailments. Currently, scientific studies are being conducted to test the accuracy of these health claims. While some uses haven’t been proven yet, elderberries in the form of elderberry syrup have been shown to boost immunity, decrease mucous production during colds and fight the flu.
- “The flu,” also called influenza. A specific syrup containing elderberry juice (Sambucol, Nature’s Way) taken by mouth seems to reduce the symptoms and length of flu symptoms when given within 24-48 hours of the first symptoms. Some research also shows that an elderberry lozenge (ViraBLOC, HerbalScience) also reduces symptoms of the flu. Symptom relief seems to occur within 2 to 4 days of treatment for most people.
Boosts the Immune System
Treats Upper Respiratory Infections
Benefits of Elderberry
According to Dutch folklore the benefits of elderberry (sambuca or vlierbes) are plenty: the Dutch believe that the tea of the leafs purifies your blood. Tea of flowers boosts your immune system. The cooked berries improve your metabolism and are used to relieve arthritis. Syrup made from elderberries is said to heal a sore throat and reduce fever when you have the flu.
If you bind the leafs together and keep them above your window or door, they keep mosquitoes away. Crowns of elderberry branches were given to horses to keep annoying flies at distance.
You can use both the flowers and berries for making wine, jam and paint.
Best way to consume elderberries if making a tea from the leafs or flowers, or making a delicious lemonade from the blossom.
At the moment everyone around me has come down with the flu. Except me of course. It might be my raw food diet, or maybe the elderberry blossom lemonade that I drink a lot of that is supposed to boost the immune system.
Here’s the elderberry recipe for the lemonade: Pick the flowers and put them in a can of water. Leave water can with the blossom outside, preferably in the sun, for a few hours. The result is a delicious and refreshing lemonade. You can also use the young leafs – especially around midsummer (21 june) when they are most powerful.
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source: Journal of International Medical Research