Elderberry has a well documented history of use in folk remedies. In the Middle Ages elderberry was considered a Holy Tree, capable of restoring good health, keeping good health, and as an aid to longevity. Hippocrates referred to elderberry as “nature’s medicine chest”. All parts of the elderberry plant are considered a valuable healing plant in many folk and native medicine traditions (Hutchens 1991, Walker et al. 1993; Barrett et al. 1933; Clarke 1977). The flowers are used externally to aid in complexion beauty, tone and soften the skin, and lighten freckles or spots. The berry juice made into salve aids burns and scalds (Hutchens 1991). Elderberry flowers contain flavenoids and rutin, which are known to improve immune function, particularly in combination with vitamin “C.” The flowers also contain tannins, which account for its traditional use to reduce bleeding, diarrhea, and congestion.
Elderberries have twice the Vitamin C of oranges and 3 times the anti-oxidants of blueberries. They are high in polyphenols and bioflavonoids. Use of the elderberry and elderflower is common and widespread in Europe. Modern science is now beginning a serious study of the plant’s nutritional properties and uses. The following are links to recent elderberry research information and news:
Can elderberry help treat colds and flu?
Standardized Elderberry Syrup Shortens the Severity and Duration of Influenza in Adults
Antibacterial activity of elder (Sambucus nigra L.) flower or berry against hospital pathogens
Elderberry flavonoids bind to and prevent H1N1 infection in vitro
Inhibition of several strains of influenza virus in vitro and reduction of symptoms by an elderberry extract (Sambucus nigra L.) during an outbreak of influenza B Panama
The American Botanical Council Clinical Guide to Elder Berry cms.herbalgram.org/press/files/elderberry-scr.pdf
Identification of the 100 richest dietary sources of polyphenols: an application of the Phenol-Explorer database http://www.nature.com/ejcn/journal/v64/n3s/fig_tab/ejcn2010221ft.html
Medicinal Uses of Elderberry https://www.mdidea.com/products/new/new07407.html
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