Elderberry also a member of the honeysuckle family is a powerhouse for aiding and maintaining the immune system possesses large levels of vitamin c and also has a presence of Bioflavanoids help deter viral and bacterial infections from invading cells and replicating . The present Phytochemical in european elder help defeat viral infections.
The bark and berries have been used to make tonics,teas,syrups, extracts and more
A few things Elder can be used for but not limited to are:
- Respiratory Infections
- sore throat
- Traditional Uses:
This is a great herb to combine with other herbs to achieve greater successful results. Example, combining equal parts of elder berries and echinacea not only is great for the immune system support but the diaphoretic properties that the elder plant possess’ will induce sweating and aid as a form of detox through the pores system. this is great for all types and severity levels of respiratory infections.
The Elderberries used in the form as a syrup and with equal parts of Rose hips and even dandelion or oat straw and taken daily can aid as a powerful overall health tonic.
To make a daily Health Tonic take one equal part of the following( use this recipe as long as you are not allergic to ragweed or are sensitive to hay fever allergies):
- Rose hips
Bring 2 cups of water to a hard boil then lower heat to low simmer, Add all herbs
let simmer on low for about 15 minutes ore until reduced to 1/2 (1 cup) take pot off heat let cool and strain and press well this is were a potato ricer comes handy. take the cooled liquid(concoction) and add 1 cup of raw wildflower honey stir well until completely blended bottle and sore in refrigerator for up to 4 weeks if this is an adult tonic that has no problem with alcohol add 2 tablespoons of grain alcohol and mix well this will extend the shelf life to up to 2-3 months.
If you are allergic to ragweed or are hay fever sensitive omit the Oatstraw
Adult Dosage: 1 tablespoon daily each morning.
Children over the age of 5 years old refer to Clarks Rule of Pediatric dosing.