Elderberry have also been used for making preserves, wines, winter cordials, and for adding flavor and color to other wines.
Traditional medicine have been using Elderberry for centuries dating back to ancient Egypt. It is one of the top anti-viral herbs in the world and is one of the main ingredient in cough syrup and cold & flu medications.
- sinus issues
- nerve pain
- chronic fatigue
- Provides cold and flu relief.
USES AND PREPARATIONS
- Tea on its own
- Home brew ferments (beer, cider, kombucha, herbal wines)
- Infused in alcohol to make liqueurs or cordials
- Herbal tea blend
- and even ketchup, often combined with propolis or echinacea
When it comes to colds, flu and upper respiratory issues, elderberry syrup is very popular. Best elderberry syrup are made at home!
Most elderberry syrup recipe options out there involve simmering elderberries with a bit of water and a variety of other healing herbs for 45 minutes to an hour.
Elderberry tea is another great option, especially if you use elderberry for flu and cold symptoms. Place into tea bags and make a tea by combining one tablespoon of berries or elderflowers with 1cup (250ml) of water. Try adding lemon, cinnamon or mint to give the flavor and health benefits a mega boost.
Elderberry may have few to no side effects when used properly for short periods of time of up to five days. Occasionally, however, elderflowers and elderberries can cause allergic reactions.
Discontinue use if you have a mild allergic reaction, and seek medical attention if you have a serious allergic reaction.
Because of its powerful effects on health, elderberry supplements could potentially interact with several medications.
We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.