Monday, October 22, 2012

Elderberries



Sambucus nigra

Properties:

  • Anti-viral
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Decongestant
  • Expectorant
  • Antioxidant
  • High in flavonoids
  • High in Vitamin C
  • High in Vitamin A
  • Immunostimulant

Helps With:

The anti-viral property found in elderberries is extremely beneficial in preventing and shortening the duration of the common flu. Symptoms such as fevers, chills, sore throats, muscle aches and fatigue all can be healed quicker if elderberry extract is taken. Elderberries have even shown to prevent more strains of the flu than the flu vaccine. Possibly even H1N1. 

The anthocyanins (a flavonoid) are responsible for the anti-inflammatory property of elderberries. They also promote the production of cytokines which are proteins that help to normalize the immune system. Sinusitis can be eased by the anti-inflammatory property as well. 

Elderberries have the ability to help with respiratory tract infections and stop the spread of viral conditions throughout the respiratory system. In some cases it has helped with asthma. 

Vitamins A and C are both extremely beneficial in fighting and warding off both the common cold and flu. Both are directly related to boosting the immune system and keeping it in top working condition. 

Elderberries also appear to help with fevers by raising the temperature of the body and helping to "sweat out" the fever and the poisons in the body. 

Coughs can be eased with elderberry due to its expectorant property. 

No studies can scientifically "back" this home remedy, but due to its anti-viral property, it makes sense that elderberries can help fight off and prevent herpes related conditions such as cold sores, chicken pox and shingles. 

Tidbits:

Growing your own elderberry bush is an extremely economical way to get these amazing berries. 

Getting More Elderberries:
  • Make your own homemade elderberry extract
  • Eat the berries fresh from your own bush
  • Make elderberry syrup to put on pancakes
  • Make elderberry jam

Bethany
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Disclaimer:
In order to protect myself from people who might take any information I have written out of context or use it in any way I do not intend...I must say the following: I am NOT a doctor. I take no responsibility for what you do or not do with any information I have written. My opinions and writings should not take the place of a  doctor...consult one of those if you need medical advice. Pretty much...please use common sense and I strongly suggest you do your own research as well. It's empowering!







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