Elderberries: Benefits, Uses, and History

November 19, 2019

Elderberries: Benefits, Uses, and History

Elderberry has been identified throughout history for its benefits. An antioxidant-rich fruit from the Sambucus tree, elderberry is commonly grown throughout Europe and North America. Typically consumed as jam, wine, jelly, or syrup, elderberries have become more popular in our modern culture. 

Elderberry Uses Throughout History 

For centuries, many herbalists and traditional civilizations have used elderberry to naturally support health and wellbeing. Many ancient writings from healers and scholars, like Hippocrates, mention the use of elderberry. Native Americans have also used elderberry flowers to make tea. Ancient Egyptians have used elderberry to improve skin complexion and heal burns and scars.

In folk medicine, dried elderberries have also been used to relieve headaches, soothe nerve pain, and ease dental pain. In modern day medicinal use, elderberry is often consumed in syrup or tablet form. 

Elderberry as an Antioxidant 

Although some parts of the elderberry plant can be potentially toxic (leaves, branches, twigs, seeds, and roots), the tree’s ripened berries and flowers contain a variety of immunological and antioxidant properties that have been shown to have benefit in treating influenza, bacterial sinusitis, bronchitis, and other ailments.  

In one Australian study, researchers discovered that phytochemicals found in elderberry inhibited the early stages of an infection by intercepting viral proteins before entering host cells. The scientists also found that elderberry had the capacity to prevent the influenza virus from continuing to spread even after cells had been infected by the virus. 

Other Elderberry Uses and Benefits 

In addition to being a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin A & C, iron, and other important minerals, elderberry is also considered to be able to . . . 

-provide antioxidants to the body. 

-boost the immune system. 

-lower cholesterol. 

-alleviate respiratory conditions. 

-fight against colds, flu, viruses, and bacterial infections. 

Fun Fact: The elderberry tree has even been used to make instruments, like the ancient Asian lyre-like instrument known as the sambuca. Native Americans have also used the tree’s branches to make instruments, which gave the tree the common name as the “tree of music.” 

Our Elderberry Ginger Elixir

ImmuneSchein's Elderberry Ginger Elixir contains one additional ingredient to our ImmuneSchein Classic Ginger Elixir’s three powerful ingredients—organic lemon juice, organic ginger root, and wildflower honey.  We simply just extract organic elderberries at the same time as the ginger root. With our ImmuneSchein Ginger Elixirs, we’ve done the chopping, slicing, cutting, and preparation for you—so all you have to do is add the elixir into hot water for a tea, cold water for a lemonade, sparkling water for a ginger ale, or even add with apple cider vinegar to create your own fire cider. The flexibility of our elixirs allows you to create many different recipes for drinks, cocktails, mocktails, cooking, baking, and more. With digestion-enhancing ginger, detoxifying lemon, and weight-loss promoting honey, this powerful drink is sure to kick start your day.  

Sources: 

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/elderberry#what-is-it  

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190423133644.htm  

https://normsfarms.com/blogs/growing-and-harvesting-elderberry/elder-tree-folklore-part-1  

https://kitchenproject.com/history/Elderberry/index.htm  

 





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