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Elderberry – A Wild Berry that Comes From the Elderflower
The berry can be found around northwestern regions right around the early part of fall.
If you’re lucky enough to find these berries, they make really wonderful immune tonics that are commonly used in syrups, jams, and other decoctions to support immune health.
And, particularly are very strong antiviral medicine that make them really great for overcoming common colds, sinus infections, allergies, and other issues that can occur when the immune system becomes weak or challenged.
A Bit of Elderberry History
Now, it is said that elderberry goes as far back as ancient Egyptian in ancient Greek times. And, in fact, has been said that Hippocrates had used elderberry conley.
And, this happened to be one of the number-one herbal supplements that he used with his patients
Now, today we see that elderberry, like I said, is most commonly used as an antiviral. It is considered the strongest natural antiviral in nature and has a few other medicinal benefits that I will share with you in this video.
As I said earlier perhaps the number one benefit of elderberry is this ability to promote immune function and act as a potent antiviral.
So, this herb is really great for actually overcoming common cold, something that otherwise doesn’t have a cure other than relying on our immune system to create immunity to whatever viral infection we’re experiencing.
However, elderberry is also unique in this ability to destroy an inhibit h1n1 and h5n1 virus infections which are the common cold viral infection. So, it’s a very potent and very unique herb for actually overcoming the common cold.
There are many things you can do such as, eat healthier and exercise more to overcome common colds, promote immunity and decrease your stress load so that way your body can fight off any virus.
But, Elderberry is very unique in actually targeting specific cold and flu viruses and inhibiting them from over growing. And, has even been shown in clinical study to decrease the length and severity of cold by 30% or more.
Elderberries for Skin Care!
Perhaps a more interesting benefit of elderberry that is not as common is the ability to promote healthy skin and it does in twofold.
Lee elderberry is actually a potent antibacterial, antifungal as well as an antiviral.And, many skin issues can arise from bacterial imbalances in the skin.
So, traditionally the elderflower from the elderberry was used topically in baths and other topical concoctions applied to the skin to treat skin infections and promote healthy skin.
On the other hand elderberries are very high in oxidants that help protect the skin from oxidative damage that can cause wrinkles and acne. So, this is a great herb to take as a sort of Beauty tonic as well.
Elderberry Helps Control Blood Sugar Levels!
Something else interesting about elderberry is their ability to regulate glucose metabolism.
They make our body more efficient at breaking down sugar and regulating our blood sugar response even improving insulin sensitivity.
So, this is a unique berry or fruit that actually contains little to no sugar.
And, can actually on the other hand work medicinally to improve our body’s ability to handle breakdown in metabolize sugar making it great for diabetics and anyone who is insensitive to insulin and has a sort of blood sugar imbalance.
Um, so if you’re not sure you have a blood sugar balance you could also look to your types of cravings.
If you crave sugar or if you experience midday fatigue or irritability these may be signs of subtle blood sugar imbalances. Then, Elderberry is something that you could use naturally and holistically to help balance this issue out.
Elderberry and Chemotherapy!
Another unique benefit of elderberry that is not commonly known is that it’s actually a chemo protectant. So, in other words, it protects your liver from the toxic side effects of chemotherapy, making it really great for people with immune issues particularly cancer.
And, those who have gone from chemotherapy or want to protect their liver from chemotherapy either before or after, depending on their situation. Something else elderberry can inhibit ornithine decarboxylase which is the marker for cancer cell regulation.
These are just a few of the many benefits of elderberry.
Natural Way to Boost Immunity!
Like I said perhaps the most beneficial attribute of this herb is that it promotes overall immune function which is going to promote our overall health.
As it’s been said before there’s really only one way to cure the body. And, that is, cure the immune system. If our immune system is strong enough it has a chance of fighting off any pathogens infections and imbalances that we may come in contact with.
So, if you’re interested in learning how to use elderberry for overall wellness improved immune function or for just overcoming a common cold then your best bet is going to be to make some sort of decoction out of it.
Elderberry Syrup for Colds!
Ideally, you can turn it into a syrup that you can take regularly during cold season through the fall and winter.
Or, just during stressful times you can take an extracted powder of this herb.
That way you have the standardized extract of the medicinal constituents in the herb. So, its a really great way for taking herbs.That way you’re not just getting the whole herb where you’re getting an extracted sort of concentrated potent medicine.
Don’t Stop Here – More to Come!
Perhaps, you are searching for a natural remedy to help with your wide array of health concerns. Or, with the flu season approaching, you’ll want something to help keep your immune system boosted.
And, of course, you want to start feeling healthier and looking healthier.
When searching online, you will be amazed at the many health benefits and uses of the elderberry.
First, I would like for you to check out my list of some of the health benefits elderberries have to offer.
Then, I want to share with you 5 elderberry recipes to help you obtain a healthier & happier lifestyle.
Finally, you can read & enjoy these recipes using elderberries here or get the downloadable version to keep.
What Are Some of the Health Benefits of Elderberries?
- Cold and flu relief
- Sinus infection
- Lower blood sugar
- Natural diuretic
- Natural laxative
- Healthier skin
- Allergy relief
- And many more!
As you have seen, there are many uses for elderberries. This is why I have included a variety of elderberry recipes for you to choose from. Some are for health concerns & a few are just plain delicious.
5 Elderberry Recipes To Make You Look Healthier! Feel Healthier
1. Elderberry Pie – Homemade Nostalgic Classic
9 inch pie shells – 2
Elderberries – 4 cups
White sugar – 1 cup
Pure Cane Granulated Sugar – 4 Lb
Cornstarch – 3 tablespoons
Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon
Step 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Step 2. Mix cornstarch in a little bit of water.
Step 3. Add mixture to berries, white sugar and granulated sugar.
Step 4. Cook, stirring constantly until desired thickness.
Step 5. if not thick enough, add more cornstarch, then add lemon juice.
Step 6. Pour into bottom crust and dot with butter.
Step 7. Add on top crust or if you prefer, make a lattice.
Step 8. Place in preheated oven and bake approximately 40 minutes.
Step 9. Crust should be browned and berries bubbling through holes in the crust.
Note: It is a good idea to put a pan or foil under the pie as it bakes since it might bubble over.
2. Elderberry Smoothie – Immune Boosting
Greek yogurt – 6 oz.
Strawberries, tops removed – 6
Honey – 2 tbsp.
Elderberry juice – 2 tsp.
Ice – 1 cup
Step 1. Put all ingredients in blender.
Step 2. Blend about 60 seconds or until smooth.
Step 3. Add more ice, if necessary.
3. Elderberry Syrup for Colds
Dried elderberries – 2/3 cup
Water – 3 1/2 cups
Fresh ginger root – 2 inch nub (roughly chopped)
Cinnamon sticks – 3
Whole cloves – 1/2 tsp.
Rind of one orange
Raw honey – cup
Tools for Recipe:
Glass measuring cup
Glass jar or bottle
Step 1: Add all ingredients except honey to a medium saucepan.
Turn on high heat & bring mixture to a boil.
Turn burner to medium-high after mixture begins to boil.
Allow mixture to simmer for 45-60 minutes until the liquid is reduced by half.
Step 2: Remove mixture from heat and let cool for approximately 30 minutes.
Pour the mixture over a mesh strainer,into a glass measuring cup. Let the mixture cool until it is lukewarm.
Now, toss out the elderberries and spice.
Step 3: Add honey and stir until it’s well blended.
Next, pour the contents into jars or bottles.
Store them in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.
4. Rhubarb Elderberry Crisp With Cornstarch
Flour – 1 cup all-purpose
Quick-cooking oats – 3/4 cup
Sugar – 1 1/2 cups(divided)
Ground cinnamon – 1 teaspoon
Cold butter – 1/2 cup
Diced fresh rhubarb or frozen rhubarb – 3 cups
Elderberries – 2 cups
Cornstarch – 2 tablespoons
Water – 1 cup
Vanilla extract – 1 teaspoon
Step 1. Preheat oven to 350°.
Step 2. Combine the flour, oats, 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl.
Step 3. Next, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Step 4. Set aside half of mixture for topping.
Step 5. Press remaining crumb mixture into an un-greased 11 x 7-in. baking dish.
Step 6. Top with rhubarb and berries.
Step 7. Combine cornstarch and remaining sugar in a small saucepan.
Step 8. Now, gradually stir in water and bring to a boil.
Step 9. Reduce heat then cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened.
Step 10. Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla.
Step 11. Pour over the fruit and sprinkle with the reserved crumb mixture.
Step 12. Place in preheated oven for 50-55 minutes or until golden brown.
Step 13. Serve warm or cold.
If using frozen rhubarb, measure rhubarb while still frozen, then thaw completely. Drain in a colander, but do not press liquid out.
5. Fresh Elderberry Tea Recipe
Filtered water – 16 ounces
Dried elderberries – 2 tablespoons
Cinnamon powder – 1/4 teaspoon
Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon
Raw honey – 1 teaspoon (optional)
Step 1. Pour water and elderberries into a small saucepan.
Step 2. Next, add the turmeric and cinnamon powder.
Step 3. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for about 15 minutes.
Step 4. Remove from heat and let cool for about 5 minutes.
Step 5. Finally, strain through a fine mesh strainer and pour into individual mugs.
Step 6. Stir in raw honey if using.
Oh, and by the way, if you’re lucky you may run across a fine dining restaurant that has elderberries on their menu.
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