In ancient times, an elderberry was called a Holy Tree because of its healing benefits. While in more modern history this incredible tree was largely forgotten, the medical field is now sitting up and noticing what they have been missing. Unfortunately for me, and others in this area, elderberry does not grow here.
- Improves brain health
- Lowers cancer cell production
- Battles colds and flu
- Wound treatment
- Eases nasal congestion
- Alleviates hay fever symptoms
Please check with your doctor before using elderberry in children. Avoid in pregnancy and when nursing. Always consult with your doctor if you have an autoimmune disease. In addition, if you take other prescription medication, ask your doctor before using.
Some time ago, my friends and I were discussing colds and the misery of the season on Facebook. One of my friends mentioned she was giving her son elderberry for his cough. And so began my thinking and questioning about elderberry. I already knew it didn’t grow around here. Maybe that was why I was so unfamiliar with it. It wasn’t readily available, so my mother didn’t use it in her cooking or home remedies.
It’s springtime here. Apparently that Groundhog was right. I think that Groundhog Day stuff is such a cute and amusing tradition. While I love the 70’s weather we are having, and all the blooming trees, the flip side of that is all the hay fever symptoms. Enough to put one into misery. But, wait! There’s elderberry to the rescue!
I love the fact that this herb improves brain health. In my field of nursing, I see a lot of alzheimer’s and dementia. At the other end of the spectrum, this generation of children has so much screen time I am appalled. They have their own iPads, and then watch TV at the same time they are on that iPad. I can only imagine what all of that is doing to their brains. So anything to counteract that is so welcome. For more herbs that boost brain function, see my post here.
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What have you used elderberry for? Let me know in the comments.
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