Elderberry (sambucus nigra) and Echinacea are both immune system boosters. These plant remedies has been used down the ages for and to prevent coughs, colds, flu and to treat and protect against bacterial and viral infections. Elderberry juice was said to be the main ingredient used to successfully to treat the flu epidemic in Panama in 1955.
Many people use this powerful combination to keep themselves and family free of coughs, colds and flu during the winter months. 10 drops a day keeps colds and flu at bay. This could be to do with the high levels of bioflavonoid’s and antioxidants in the berries that protects the bodies’ cells by weakening the virus’s ability to infect them. Research has also shown that elderberry increases cytokins production, the immune systems signalling molecules that mediate and regulate immunity and inflammation.
The elderberry fruits are richly nutritious and bursting with vitamins and minerals, particularly Vitamin C, Vitamin A and Vitamin B6.
The deep blue-black pigment of the skin indicates the presence of anthocyanins and Elderberry is one of the richest sources in small fruits, along with Blueberries or Bilberries.Elderberries are also a good source of flavonoids.
Elder tree, the medicine chest of the woods, helps to keep us healthy, to adapt to changes in weather and circumstances, by increasing our nutritional status. Elderberries fruit just when they are needed as the Autumnal winds throw up cold snaps here and there, challenging our ability to adapt.
Elderberry wine is very good, Robs and Jams I think need to be mixed with blackberries and are also deeply satisfying on a cooler day. Elderberry tincture is a delicious and easy way to get the benefit. Just add drops to a drink at breakfast and dinner.
Botanical name: Sambucus nigra fructus
Common names: Elderberry
Habitat: Grows abundantly throughout Europe
Parts used: Berries
Tincture Strength: 1:3:25% alcohol
Dose: 3 mls in water 3 x daily
History: Hippocrates, the father of medicine, called the Black Elder a medicine chest. Throughout time country people have relied on the Elder for food and elderberries have been made into cordials, robs, jams,(often with blackberries) jellies, pies and wines.
Homoeopaths use Sambucus in tiny doses, principally for catarrhal conditions with swollen membranes, congestion and excessive mucus production causing snuffles, spasmodic breathing, croupy coughs and fevers.
Science: Contains Vitamins A B6 C and P, anthrocyanic pigments and traces of essential oil, highly antioxidant. Rich in iron potassium magnesium and trace elements. Trials report encouraging benefits to influenza sufferers and promising signs of effective anti-viral activity – View Study