Elderberry (Sambucus nigra)


Elder is one of the human race’s oldest plant allies because it has been found in Stone Age sites.

Elder has been valued for it’s medicinal uses for thousands of years and is considered sacred and magical in folklore mythology and treated with great respect. The English said their summer had not arrived until the Elder was in full bloom and that it ended when the berries were ripe.

Elderberries (Sambucus) have been a folk remedy for centuries in North America, Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa, hence the medicinal benefits of elderberries are being investigated and rediscovered. Elderberry is used for its antioxidant activity, to lower cholesterol, to improve vision, to boost the immune system, to improve heart health and for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and tonsillitis. Bioflavonoids and other proteins in the juice destroy the ability of cold and flu viruses to infect a cell. People with the flu who took elderberry juice reported less severe symptoms and felt better much faster than those who did not.