Elderberry or elder (Latin name: Sambucus nigra) is a tall shrub-like plant that grows several feet in height and is native to North America.
Elderberry has been growing for a long time throughout Europe and is not difficult to find in the vicinity of settlements.
The tree is a bush of light brown to gray-white, covered with dark green leaves.
The flowers of elderberry are white-cream-colored, tiny, very pleasant scent and are developing into dark purple berries.
Elderberry is a natural miracle among berries
Elderberry as most plants has their own healing power.
As a remedy used to boost immunity against colds and flu, for the treatment of viral and bacterial infections, tonsillitis, cough suppression, to improve heart health, improve vision, lower cholesterol and recommended as an antioxidant.
Juice from elderberry was very popular at the time of the great flu epidemic in Panama in 1995.
There are the stories that people which are suffering from influenza and drank elderberry juice had milder symptoms and faster recovery than those who did not drink that juice.
Don`t forget also that flowers have health benefits and you can make elderflower juice from them.
Elderberries comprising amino acids, flavonoids, anthocyanins, carotenoids, organic pigments, tannins, glycoside, rutin, vitamins A and vitamin B and a significant amount of vitamin C.
The flavonoids and anthocyanins are powerful antioxidants that protect body cells from damage.
Elderberries also have a mild laxative and diuretic effect.
According to the results of scientific research conducted in Israel (Hasassah Oncology Lab) determined that elderberries stimulate the immune system, but in the country recommended as an aid in the treatment of cancer and AIDS.
On this basis, it is confirmed that this plant has a wide range of activities: from the fact that it can ease the symptoms of colds and flu to asthma and diabetes.
German Research Centre for Food in Karlsruhe, came to the conclusion that anthocyanins contained in the elderberries have a greater antioxidant ability of vitamin C and vitamin E.
Then, based on the study of the University of Graz, Austria has discovered that extract from elderberries reduces oxidation of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol.
Oxidation of LDL cholesterol leads to plaque formation in the blood vessels, causing atherosclerosis.
Thus, elderberry is the natural substance useful for preventing cardiovascular disease.
Tea made from leaves and flowers of elderberries in our folk medicine is recommended for cleaning the blood, secretion of excessive accumulation of fluid in the body, treatment of rheumatism, diabetes, tuberculosis, bronchitis, scarlet fever, cough, common cold, flu, colds and the like.
Elderberries are encouraging sweating and urination, and through this process expel all the harmful substances from the diseased organism.
Ripe berries from elderberries also have their medicinal properties and can be useful.
They are a very rich source of vitamin B, necessary for the proper functioning of the nervous system.
They are cooked juice, compote or jam because you do not eat them fresh ( I eat them but not more than 3 per day).
Elderberry juice is recommended for the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia nerve, insomnia and stomach cramps.
Flowering time of elderberries is in May to July, and then you should pick only blooming flower blossom while they are still sailing and fresh.
The elderberries are harvested later because they will develop only when the flower falls and mature when they reach the blue-purple colour.
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