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Sambucus Nigra (Elderberry)

Elderberry has a long history of traditional use. Hippocrates referred to the elder tree as his “medicine chest” and it was considered to be one of nature’s greatest healing plants by other classical healers. Its known actions are: Antiviral, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, astringent, and alterative.

Elderberry, or Sambucus nigra, is native to Europe, Northern Africa, North America and Asia. 
The elder tree blooms in the summer with clusters of cream-white flowers, followed by blue-black berries.

Elderberry has a long history of traditional use. Hippocrates referred to the elder tree as his “medicine chest” and it was considered to be one of nature’s greatest healing plants by other classical healers. Its known actions are: Antiviral, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, astringent, and alterative.
There are a number of factors in elderberry that may give it its therapeutic properties. These include the flavonoids quercetin and rutin, anthocyanins and vitamins A and C. These chemicals seem to be the key to elder’s anti-inflammatory, antiviral and immune stimulating effects.

Elderberry is thought to be of use against the symptoms of cold and flu by helping to support healthy immune function and as an antioxidant and an antiviral. 

Elderberry is known to keep viruses at bay by blocking the virus from entering the cell itself. Flu viruses have trouble with elderberry’s blockades. It has been shown to improve symptoms of flus like coughs, sore throats and sinus congestion.

This makes elderberry a rare herb as it not only prevents infection but also treats the infection after it’s taken hold. Elderberry is an important herb for the immune system, but it needs to be used frequently. Elderberry constituents do not cling to the tissue, which means daily treatment is not only safe but essential to block viruses.
RESEARCH ON ELDERBERRY
• Black elderberry extracts and flower infusions have been shown to reduce the severity and length of influenza.
• One study of 60 people with influenza found that those who took 15 ml of elderberry syrup four times per day showed symptom improvement in two to four days, while the control group took seven to eight days to improve.
• Another study of 64 people found that taking 175-mg elderberry extract lozenges for two days resulted in significant improvement in flu symptoms, including fever, headache, muscle aches and nasal congestion, after just 24 hours.
• Additionally, a study of 312 air travellers taking capsules containing 300 mg of elderberry extract three times per day found that those who got sick experienced a shorter duration of illness and less severe symptoms


ELDERBERRY GUMMIES

This remedy tastes great and can be used for adults and children alike (please use maple syrup instead of honey for children under 1 year of age).

Ingredients
• 2 cups dried elderberries 
• 6 cups water
• Handful of cloves
• 5 cinnamon quills
• 1 1/2 cups raw honey
• 8 tablespoons gelatin

Directions
• Bring berries and water to a boil and then simmer for 30 minutes.
• Strain berries and return liquid to the heat.
• Add cloves and cinnamon.
• Simmer gently for another 45-60 minutes, or until 2 cups of liquid remains.
• Remove liquid from the heat, allow to cool to room temp.
• Stir in 1 1/2 cups of raw honey

• 'Bloom' gelatin by adding 8tbs of gelatin to 1/2 cup of water
• Add bloomed gelatin to the rest of the warm syrup and stir or gently whisk until fully dissolved (if you need to, you can very gently heat the mixture to help dissolve)
• Pour into silicone molds or a lined baking tray and refrigerate to set (2 hrs)

Suggested Use:
Take 2 teaspoons worth every 3 hours at the first sign of a virus invasion.