From our list of ailments, see what Elderberry can be used for:

  • Cholesterol
  • Colds and Flu
  • Congestion
  • Coughs
  • Fever
  • Flu Virus
  • Immunity
  • Influenza
  • Skin Issues
  • Sore Throat

Natural Remedies using Elderberry

Laboratory experiments have confirmed the anti-inflammatory properties of elder leaves. Leaf extracts reduce levels of several pro-inflammation cytokines. Meanwhile, a syrup made from elderberries was reported, in a double-blind study, to significantly reduce flu symptoms. In the study 90 percent of people taking the elderberry syrup (Sambucol) reported a ‘complete cure” of their flu symptoms in two to three days, compared with six days for most of the people taking a placebo.

Elder leaves and elderberries ( Sambucus nigra and other species) have a long history of medicinal use. Hippocrates, regarded as the father of medicine, wrote about elderberries in the fourth century b.c. Shakespeare mentioned them in his play The Merry Wives of Windsor. They were viewed as so potent that during the 1600s, many people hung elderberry branches and leaves by their doors to keep away the evil spirits that were believed to cause illness. Among Native Americans, various species of elder leaves were used to treat rheumatism and fever.

Cholesterol, Colds and Flu, Congestion, Coughs, Fever, Flu Virus, Immunity, Influenza, Skin Issues, Sore Throat

The Benefit of using Elderberry as a natural cure

Contraindications, Interactions, and Side Effects (Elderberry) — Class 1 (AHP). Parts of the plant may contain dangerous levels of HCN. Several cases of severe poisoning from several glasses of juice involved dizziness, nausea, numbness, stupor, vomiting, and weakness ( LRNP, July 1992).

Activities (Elderberry) — Alterative (f; CRC); Analgesic (f; CRC); Antiinflammatory (1; JNU); Antipyretic (f; CRC); Antiseptic (1; DEM; FNF); Antiviral (1; JNU; WAM); Aperient (f; CRC); Bronchostimulant (PIP); Carminative (f; CRC; FAD); Cyanogenic (f; CRC); Depurative (f; CRC; DEM); Diaphoretic (1; CRC; FAD; PIP; WAM); Diuretic (f; CRC; FAD);