Scientists confirm that elderberry can provide relief from colds, flu, sinus problems, nerve pain, inflammation, chronic fatigue, allergies, constipation, and even cancer.
The black elder is native to Europe, Central and West Asia, and North Africa, with subspecies all across North America. Its berries and flowers are powerful natural medicines.
The plant has deciduous leaves, white flowers (elderflower) and berries that turn from green to red and then to black as they mature.
For centuries, this plant has been used as a natural medicinal remedy in European folk medicine and by native tribes to boost the immune system or as a tonic for general health.
This potent herb effectively fights inflammation, relieves nerve pain, treats flu and colds, cures sinus problems, soothes allergies, and treats constipation.
According to Christine Ruggeri, CHHC:
“Elderberry has a long and rich history of medicinal use by many cultures. It fights infections, including influenza, herpes, viral infections, and bacterial infections. A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine concluded that elderberry can be used as a safe treatment for influenza A and B. ”
“This is due to its efficacy on all influenza virus strains tested, the clinical results, its low cost and the absence of side effects. Most parts of the elderberry can be used – the flowers, bark, roots, and leaves are often used for their incredible health benefits. ”
Why you need to eat elderberries more often
- Allergies: Elderberry extract naturally provides relief from allergic reactions.
- Balances Blood Sugar Levels: Elderberry flowers and berries balance glucose levels and keep diabetes under control.Study found that the plant extract improved glucose transport and oxidation without insulin added, which is beneficial in maintaining glucose levels and preventing diabetes.
- Prevents Cancer: Berry extracts are rich in antioxidants and anthocyanins which are known to possess strong therapeutic, anti-carcinogenic and pharmacological characteristics. Studies indicate that elderberry extract has been found to prevent the creation of cancer cells.
- Relieves Colds and Flu: When you eat elderberries on a regular basis, you will greatly boost your immunity and fight infections. Supplementing with elderberry also helps speed recovery and minimizes flu symptoms at 4 days.
How To Prepare Elderberry Extract At Home
You will need:
- 2 cups of organic dried elderberries
- 1 tablespoon of fresh or dried organic ginger root
- 1 teaspoon of organic cinnamon powder or 1 cinnamon stick
- 3.5 cups of cold water
- 1 cup of raw honey
Boil the water and add the elderberry, ginger and cinnamon and cook until the liquid is reduced by half.
Then turn off the heat and mash the contents and strain the extract into a bowl.
Add honey and mix well then pour the contents into a glass bottle. Keep it in a cool, dark place.
You can also drink elderberry tea by adding a tablespoon of berries or dried flowers.
Note that the ripe, cooked berries of most elderberry species are edible, but do not eat them raw, as they contain a cyanide-inducing chemical, which can be toxic.