Elderberry, or European elder, is a large shrub native to Europe, Africa and parts of Asia. The berries and flowers are used medicinally. Berries must be cooked before they are consumed. Raw berries contain a chemical similar to cyanide. Elderberry is available as a liquid, syrup, tincture, capsules, and lozenges.
Features & Benefits
- Elderberry has been traditionally used to fight flu and feverish colds. Its ability to promote sweating and urinations may explain the reputation it has for “flushing out” colds and the flu.
- May also help address sinus infections
Suggestions & Precautions
- Never use unripe or uncooked elderberries as they are poisonous
- There are no known side effects associated with elderberry
- Due to elder flower’s possible diuretic effects it should not be used in conjunction with other diuretic medications