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Elderflower

Elderflower

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Just like the berries, the flowers can be used in medicinal and culinary manners.  Dried elderflowers, as we carry, are most commonly used for teas and other traditional herbal medicine modalities. It has been said that elderflowers help relieve the symptoms of the common cold, reduce inflammation, and great in skincare products.

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Most know of the amazing benefits of the elderberry but don’t realize the power that can be harnessed from the flowers.

Just like the berries, the flowers can be used in medicinal and culinary manners.  Dried elderflowers, as we carry, are most commonly used for teas and other traditional herbal medicine modalities. It has been said that elderflowers help relieve the symptoms of the common cold, reduce inflammation, and great in skincare products.

Botanical Names:

  •    Sambucus nigra

Family name:

  •  Adoxaceae

Actions:

  • alterative
  • anti-catarrhal
  • anti-inflammatory
  • antispasmodic
  • antiviral
  • decongestant
  • digestive
  • nervine
  • rejuvenative
  • tonic

Parts used:

  •   Berries
  •   Flowers

Taste/Smell:   sweet, bitter, cool, moist, mucilaginous

Constituents:

  • Volatile oil
  • Flavonoids – rutin, isoquercitrin, and kampherol
  • Triterpenes, phenolic acids
  • Tannins
  • Mucilage
  • Vitamins A, B, and C, also potassium

Indications:

  • Colds, flu – specific for the common cold
  • Fever
  • Chronic nasal catarrh
  • Sinusitis – acute and chronic
  • Chronic sinusitis with deafness (drains eustachian tubes)
  • Hay fever
  • Childhood infections
  • Croup, asthma, pleurisy, bronchitis
  • Topically for inflammation of the eyes, skin disorders, wounds, and burns

Contraindications:

“Elderberry fruit extract is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth for up to 12 weeks. It’s not known if taking elderberry fruit extract is safe when used for longer periods of time.

Elderberry is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when the leaves, stems, unripe fruit, or uncooked fruit is eaten. The cooked elderberry fruit seems to be safe, but raw and unripe fruit might cause nausea, vomiting, or severe diarrhea.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Children: Elderberry is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth for up to 10 days. It’s not known if taking elderberry is safe when used for longer periods of time.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the safety of using elderberry during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

“Autoimmune diseases” such as multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, SLE), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), or other conditions: Elderberry might cause the immune system to become more active, and this could increase the symptoms of autoimmune diseases. If you have one of these conditions, it’s best to avoid using elderberry.” WebMD.com, 2018

The seeds and stems of raw elderberries can be extremely toxic, which is why most physicians suggest buying Sambucol, which is a commercial-grade form of black elderberry syrup. Since there are about 20 different species of elderberries, it is important only to make herbal remedies from the trees that produce black, blue or purple berries.  The trees with red berries typically have a higher level of toxicity.” Going2Natural.com, 2018

Drug Interactions:

  •  Medications that decrease the immune system (Immunosuppressants) interacts with ELDERBERRY

Elderberry can increase the immune system. Taking elderberry along with some medications that decrease the immune system might decrease the effectiveness of medications that decrease the immune systemSome medications that decrease the immune system include azathioprine (Imuran), basiliximab (Simulect), cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune), daclizumab (Zenapax), muromonab-CD3 (OKT3, Orthoclone OKT3), mycophenolate (CellCept), tacrolimus (FK506, Prograf), sirolimus (Rapamune), prednisone (Deltasone, Orasone), corticosteroids (glucocorticoids), and others. (WebMD, 2018)

 

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