Scientific Name: Sambucus Nigra
You should always respect your elders, especially when they come in berry form. Appropriately named, this tiny fruit has been a common herbal remedy for centuries. In fact, its juice was used to treat the 1995 flu epidemic in Panama. Packed full of incredible benefits, Elderberries are believed to improve vision, reduce stress, improve heart health, treat cold and flu symptoms, and even lower cholesterol. But, perhaps the most impressive benefit of all is their distinctly sweet taste.
Whether prepared as a tea, syrup, jam or mix-in for your favorite pastries, Elderberries are a flavorful way to add Vitamins A, B and C, Iron, Calcium, Amino Acids and several other powerful minerals to any meal. So, toss in a handful and enjoy some any time of day to treat your body to a healthful and delicious boost.
As an excellent source of the chemical compounds known as, anthocyanidins, Elderberries are a natural immunity booster. Providing several, powerful immunostimulant effects, they can support the body’s overall immunity efforts, both internally and externally. Combined with its combination of flavonoids, Elderberries are especially helpful in warding off symptoms of more common ailments like influenza.
Weight Loss Support
Thanks to its unique blend of antioxidants and dietary fiber, Elderberries are an excellent source of natural energy. Not only do they help to boost the metabolic rate, but they also increase the body’s ability to burn off stored fat reserves and improve overall physical performance.
With a potent blend of bioflavonoids, antioxidants, and vitamin A, Elderberries help stave off certain skin conditions such as age spots, wrinkles, and sagging skin. These very same properties can help to combat hormone-related acne and improve the skin’s overall tone and appearance.
A natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that also offers high levels of essential vitamins and minerals, Elderberries are a truly potent powerhouse. They can ease symptoms of gastrointestinal issues, such as constipation, gas, bloating, and upset stomach. They can aid the cardiovascular system through cholesterol regulation. They can alleviate joint pain and soreness. And even improve ailments of the respiratory system.
The recommended dosage for Elderberries can vary greatly, depending on the purpose of use.
- Its versatility does make it very easy to fit into your day. Brewed into teas or syrups, it makes a great addition to just about any meal—though we would recommend trying them with pancakes.
- Or the berries can simply be blended into baked good, smoothies, or shakes.
- So, no matter what time of day you need it, you can always count on a flavorful boost when you do.
First discovered in stone age villages in certain regions of Switzerland and Italy, Elderberries hold a long, rich history of both reverence and mystique. While holding prominent symbolism within many of the world’s religious texts, their use as an herb and remedy only dates back as far as 400 BC. Though Hippocrates, himself, often touted its use and constant presence in his medicine chest. Perhaps their most fascinating tale, they are also believed to be closely associated with Celtic faeries within various European traditions.
Today, the tradition of Elderberries continues on, albeit in a more culinary-focused fashion. Having spread across the globe, they can now be found in everything from jams and jellies to syrups and sauces.
If stored correctly, our Elderberries have a shelf life of up to 2 years. To maintain its freshness, it is recommended to always reseal the bag after opening it and removing as much air from the bag as possible. Store in room temperature, away from any heat source or sunlight.