Include this SPECIAL plant ally in your herbal medicine chest!

There is a special plant that you need to know about — for winter health.

Would you believe that this plant medicine has been proven to “disarm the enzyme which viruses use to penetrate healthy cells”? That’s rather FRONT page news when it comes to winter health, wouldn’t you agree? More on that research below, but I won’t keep you in suspense. I’m talking about ELDER.
Elderberry Medicine ~ from berries and from the flowers = powerful healers.

That’s why, in this busy life, during ‘certain’ times of the year,  I become very focused on making sure I have a full herbal medicine chest ready and available. I have my own regimen of course, and my clients are all ready for the cold + flu season ~ or at least as ready as possible!

EXCITED to share a ‘give-a-way’ of ELDER (Herb of the Year 2013) BOOK!! See below!

I suggest daily doses of specific herbs and I include ample ELDERBERRY Medicine in my plans!

So much can be said about this fabulous plant ~ it’s a member of my ‘green team’ of healers, and always in my apothecary. I use the flowers and the berries. I make herbal tinctures, syrups, liqueurs, tonics, and more with this all star. Elderberry Medicine, as a flower tea or berry syrup is easily findable at your local health food store if you don’t have access to a practising herbalist. I make litres of syrup, tinctures and tea every fall  for my own family, friends and clients.

At your local health food store, look for the latin name “Sambucus nigra/canadensis” and you’ll find it. Whether it’s created by a good plant medicine person or purchased from a good source, it’s a great addition to the winter medicine chest. Here’s my post about Elderberry syrup

Elderberry Medicine

The berries of ELDER are high in anti-oxidants and contain more vitamin C than tomatoes.

Also :

  • good source of Vitamin A, B (niacin + thiamine)
  • good source Calcium + Iron
  • contain 3x protein + 5 x antioxidants of blueberries.

Elderberries are highly nutritious and known as a safe, gentle yet effective immune tonic.
It is thought that elderberry medicine influences the immune system to encourage more appropriate immune responses. These days, when many seem to find that they are reacting to or sensitized to new allergens, I find this very timely. It seems like every week I hear of another case of sudden allergic reaction to a food or pollen that had not previously been of concern.

Elderberry medicine

More and more often we hear of children and adults with sudden ‘allergies’. We are OUT of balance. We have so many more irritants these days; chemical, air and noise pollution, Electromagnetic radiation (EMR) from cellular towers and the ever-present WiFi, not to mention our food! Genetically modified (GMO), processed or ‘fast foods’ too often replace highly nutritious, locally grown and/or organic choices.
Our immune systems are compromised. Any herbs that will help us to get back ‘on track’ are important and beneficial.

Some of Elderberry’s healing constituents include:

  • Anti-cancer
  • anti-inflammatory
  • aperient
  • anti-viral
  • diuretic
  • immune stimulant
  • nutritive

** To clarify any of the above terms —> see my glossary

Probably the most common use of elderberry medicine comes to mind for the treatment of the flu virus (aka influenza, e.g. H1N1). When Elder medicine is used, colds and flu seem to be able to move more quickly through the body. Elder supports the body’s natural fever responses, strengthens and tones mucous membranes and provides supportive energy ~ at the same time!

Israeli researcher and world renowned Viralogist, Madeleine Mumcuoglu, PHD of Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center found that elderberry extract disarms the enzyme which viruses use to penetrate healthy cells in the lining of the nose and the throat. She found that if taken before infection, it prevents infection. If taken after infection, it prevents the spread of the virus throughout the rest of the respiratory tract and into the rest of the body. Her clinical trials found that there was:

20% significant improvement within 24 hours
70% improvement within 48 hours
90% symptom free within 3 days

In this study, those taking the placebo needed 6 days to recover

This study and many more like it, prove that there are compounds in elderberry which bind to viruses before they can penetrate the walls of cells, effectively stopping the viruses before then can spread!

Research indicates that after a virus enters a cell in our body, it replicates quickly and within a 5 hour time period, that initial virus now numbers in the thousands.  Replication takes place every 20 minutes or so. This is the reason that herbalists recommend that we take our herbal remedies every 10 – 15 minutes in the acute phase of an infection.

NOTE: Always take herbal remedies frequently, especially at the beginning of an attack, whether it’s a sore throat, body aches, earaches etc. Also, for the best results, always take the remedies for 2-3 days after all symptoms have cleared.

Elderberry Medicine

I wrote 2 chapters in the paperback book “Elder” ELDER – HERB OF THE YEAR 2013
(available here  courtesy of the
International Herb Association)

THIS MONTH I am GIVING away a COPY of this treasured “ELDER” book.
It’s NOT an eBook.. I will personally send you a copy wherever you are in the world.
See below for details!

So have you made elderberry syrup yet? If that’s not of interest, I also tincture elderberry, infuse it in different vinegars ~ apple cider in most cases, but also white wine and red wine vinegars. I add dried elderberries to tea blends too. There are more ideas to come! Here’s one.. Elderberry and friends in a delicious uplifting syrup: Heart’s Ease Syrup. I hope you try this one. It’s SO delicious and helps to support cardiovascular and nervous system health (It lifts you up and is like an herbal hug!)

Looking for dried elderberries? They are available online here   (via my Amazon affiliate link) if you can’t find them locally.  Sometimes the birdies get all the fresh ones, right off the bush!

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Sending GREEN WISHES for YOUR best health !!  
          xox   Carol

 

Elder Medicine Elder Herb of the Year 2013

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19 Comments

  • Great, well researched article. Really appreciated it, especially your point about how herbal remedies, including elderberry, need to be taken frequently for effectiveness.

    • Thanks for your kind words.Such an important point to share with everyone – Herbs work — We need to give them a chance to support us and offer us their healing gifts.

    • Thanks Erin. Come back and visit often. Have you seen the new International Herb Assoc book? Elder.
      Glad you found my post interesting.

    • Would love to try that and write about my results. The Universe is beckoning me to make these.. from all sides. TeeHee.

  • This looks like a fabulous book and I had no idea that there was a series like this so that is great information too! Thanks for this post!

  • Making elderberry syrup and other preparations is very economical considering the price of elder preparations at the pharmacy.

    I’m looking forward to giving it a go.

  • I do not have a elderberry bush , but after reading your article, I am getting one.
    My health is in my own,hands not someone else’s!

  • Fabulous article, thank you for sharing! One question, I haven’t worked with berries yet (and also want to do some things with hawthorn so this is doubly timely), can I use dried berries in all or only some of the preparations you mention? Do some more readily access the important constituents in dried form? I’d love to make at least a couple (and luckily haven’t yet placed my herbal order, again good timing, thank You), so will happily include these if the dried will work well. (Or would I be better off using the flowers?)

    Your annual books sound very interesting, I am happy to have found out about this one and I’ll have to get a copy of 2018’s for a friend who is an avid home brewer!

    With thanks,
    Bright Blessings,
    Grey Dove

    • Thanks for writing Grey Dove. It’s perfectly fine to use good quality dried berries. Many herbalists do not have access to fresh and make wonderful concoctions with dried. This is also true regarding Hawthorn. I have only used dried hawthorn berries in my teas and tinctures, syrups etc. Have fun with your projects and keep in touch. I would love to hear about what you make!! Re the HOPS book, you will get a kick out of my chapter.. it’s pure fun!

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