Elderberry

Elderberry

Elderberries – Sambucus nigra

Bursting with nutrients and phytochemicals, these little berries are definitely something to consider for your medicine cupboard this Autumn/Winter. They have been used for centuries all over the world and modern science has concurred that indeed Elderberries are good for health!

Elderberries contain: organic pigments, tannins, amino acids, carotenoids, flavonoids, sugar, rutin, viburnic acid, vitaman A and B and a large amount of vitamin C

Properties: antioxidant, diaphoretic, diuretic, laxative, immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory

Uses:

  • Antiviral
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Improve vision
  • Coughs & colds
  • Influenza
  • Bacterial infections
  • Yeast infections
  • Tonsillitis
  • Improve heart health
  • Asthma
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Sciatica
  • Back Pain
  • Anti-carcinogenic

Preparation: Traditional methods such as preserves, wine, medicinal extracts and tea. Only ripe, cooked berries are used for preparations since stems, leaves and unripe berries contain poisonous levels of cyanic glucosides

Available at the Satmya Herbal Dispensary in tincture or dried berries.

Studies
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15080016
http://www.raysahelian.com/elderberry.html
http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/elderberry