Elderberry Tonic for Cold and Flu Prevention

| 8/26/2015 10:48:00 AM

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Elderberry, Sambucus, is a seasonal berry that fruits in time for the prevention of cold and flu season. A member of the Honeysuckle Family (Caprifoliaceae), elderberries are perennial shrubs with pithy stems that are typically found in valley bottoms or along streams.

Leaves are oppositely arranged on the stems with 5 to 9 strongly pointed and sharply toothed leaflets that are 2-5 inches long.

Flowers are white with many tiny flowers in clusters.

Fruit is in the form of pea-sized berries that ripen from green to dark blue or black with a waxy coating.

Health Benefits of Elderberries

North American, European, Western Asian and North African cultures have known the medicinal properties of the elderberry plant for thousands of years. The health benefits of the plant are widespread:

9/28/2015 8:09:11 AM

CAUTION: Make sure you are harvesting Elderberry, and not Pokeberry (which is toxic). http://www.herbalrootszine.com/articles/elderberry-vs-pokeberry/

9/7/2015 9:54:16 AM

Can you use dried elder berries for this recipe?

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