Black Elderberry – cold and flu remedy

Posted By on May 6, 2009

(Sambucus Nigra)

Elderberry is an herb that dates back to the ancient Greek and Europeans where it was known to be a longevity tonic. More current use and studies find it to be valuable as an immune tonic and antioxidant. This dark purple berry is packed with phytonutients like Vitamin C, B6, B1, B2 and flavonoids. The flavonoids are a group of compounds commonly found in berries, and many other medicinal plants and foods that enhance immune, cardiovascular function. They also protect our bodies from the damage caused by free radicals (toxins). In vitro studies as well as clinical studies have found this herbal highly beneficial against the flu, as it helps both with prevention and symptom occurrence once you already have the flu. I also use it for sinus congestion due to cold and flu with great results. One study found that this herb also has the ability to increase the effectiveness of decongestants and antibiotics.

Elderberry is a delicious herbal that is used in herbal wines and jams. Its dark purple color makes it fantastic as a coloring agent in many European candies etc. The best way to utilize this herbal for prevention of colds and flu as well as an antioxidant is as an herbal tea or liquid extract drinking 1 to 2 cups of tea per day and 1 ml or about 30 drops of extract 2 times per day. If you do catch that flu you generally want to increase dose up to 5 to 7 doses per day. When fighting a cold or flu it is critical that you be diligent with your dosing so you can relieve your symptoms and get on with your life.

A very common union with elderberry for colds and flu is Echinacea. This dynamic duo rapidly reduces your symptoms and boosts your immune function. As an antioxidant it pairs well with other medicinal berries like Hawthorn and Bilberry to enhance cardiovascular, vision and immune function.

Elderberry is generally considered a very safe herbal when harvested correctly (it is important that you use ripe elderberry). Pregnant and lactating women should check with a healthcare practitioner before use. A common side effect with this herb is a diuretic action and laxative action. For this reason you will find it in weight loss and cleansing products.

Energetics; sweet and cool

For more indepth informaion on Elderberry please see Amanda’s article on Elderberry

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