Elderberry and the Fight Against Hay Fever

Elderberry and the Fight Against Hay Fever-http://thymetoembraceherbs.com

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.

Elderberry Benefits:

  • Improves brain health
  • Lowers cancer cell production
  • Battles colds and flu
  • Wound treatment
  • Eases nasal congestion
  • Alleviates hay fever symptoms

Cautions…

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.

My Thoughts…

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.

Need elderberries?  Go here.

Let’s Talk…

What have you used elderberry for?  Let me know in the comments.

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10 comments

  1. Gwen says:

    We have made elderflower cordial and elderberry cordial before, but not specifically for a medicinal benefit, just because we like the taste! I am interested- why is elderberry not suitable for pregnant women?

  2. Diedra says:

    I am not a doctor, but I have looked into elderberry quite a bit. Have known pregnant women AND children that have used it without any problems. Have given it to my grandchildren since they were infants with NO problems. As with this blog or any other, it is necessary to make the comments about asking your doctor first because “science” can’t make a profit off it so they don’t want you to use it for health purposes. Don’t get me wrong, I am not against going to your physician and asking questions, but I suggest you research on your own as well. Many MDs are made to state that herbal remedies are nothing more than folk lore, and don’t work. I beg to differ and so do countless others throughout history. That’s my learned opinion for what it is worth.

  3. Jann Olson says:

    I’ve never used Elderberry, but is this the same variety that it used in the jam? Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  4. Deborah Davis says:

    I am so delighted that you shared your healthy and helpful “Elderberry and the Fight Against Hay Fever” with us at the Healthy Happy Green Natural Party! I’m Pinning and sharing this!

  5. April J Harris says:

    I have used Elderberry syrup to fight colds and winter bugs with great success but I didn’t know it promoted brain health! I was so interested to read your post and I’m so glad you shared it with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop.

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