Elderberries have long been treasured in European and North American natural medicine traditions. Hippocrates, sometimes remembered as the “Father of Medicine”, referred to elderberry as “nature’s medicine chest”. Elderberries grow on virtually every content and have been valued for centuries for their immune-supporting properties. Read on for more about this little berry that packs a big punch, as well as a few of our favorite ways to get the benefits elderberry has to offer.
Elderberry is a classic superberry and is an excellent source of vitamins and unique antioxidants that support immune function and respiratory health and ease inflammation. Traditionally, these berries have been used to speed recovery from colds, coughs, and minor illnesses, and many studies are now confirming their wide range of functional benefits.
Elderberry is an excellent choice any time you want to give your immune system some extra love, whether to bolster immunity prior to travel or to take as proactive prevention during the school year to maintain strong immune function in the fight against classroom germs. Like all medicinal plants, the benefits build up over time so enjoy elderberry frequently.
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Elderberries grow in small clusters of black or blue-black berries and must be cooked prior to being eaten. Historically, elderberry has been used in syrups, jams, elixirs, and medicinal wines. Today, you can also find elderberry in teas, tonics, gummies, powders, lozenges, and capsules.
One of our favorite ways to enjoy elderberry is Goldthread Tonics Elderberry Defense Tonic. Elderberry is combined with a variety of medicinal plants including cinnamon, hibiscus, ginger, greek mountain mint, cardamom, rose hips, and tulsi that enhance its immune strengthening benefits. This refreshing blend of super herbs and adaptogens provides antioxidant benefits and improves immune function and resilience while reducing inflammation. Drink chilled or mix with sparkling water and a sprig of fresh herbs for a spritz.
For another delicious option, brew a cup of Buddha Teas Elderberry Tea, made from 100% organic elderberry. This tea is delicious hot or iced with an optional dash of your favorite natural sweetener. For a frozen elderberry treat, allow your tea to cool, then blend with frozen fruit and greens for an immune-supporting smoothie. You could also add elderberry syrup or elderberry powder to your smoothies to get in more of this superberry.