Hippocrates referred to the elderberry as a “medicine chest” for its wide array of health benefits. Elderberries are packed with nutrients, and can be made into jams, syrups, teas, or used in baking. Our favourite ways to have elderberries is in a tea and as a syrup (recipe below/to the side).
Tea: steep 1 tbsp of elderberries and 1 tbsp of grated ginger in hot water for at least 10 mins. Drink onced cooled. Add sweetener if desired. (Note: always use fresh water, do not use water that has already been boiled and then reheat it. Empty your kettle and refill it before use).
The following medicinal properties are commonly found in elderberries:
Antiviral – Elderberries have been shown to reduce the severity of symptoms of the flu virus and common cold by blocking the virus from entering the body's cells. This is also a safe remedy for children.
Immune enhancing – Elderberries can be taken regularly through the cold and flu season to enhance the immune system.
Diuretic – A popular remedy for those who suffer from water retention, elderberry can act as a natural diuretic that promotes urination.
Laxative – When ingested, elderberry can have a laxative effect to relieve against constipation.
Lymphatic Health - Elderberries promote lymphatic health, by helping to push excess fluid back into the bloodstream to be filtered out by the kidneys. This is why drinking fresh elderberry tea regularly leads to increased urination and weightloss.
Diaphoretic – Elderberry acting as a diaphoretic promotes sweating which can help to detoxify the body of unwanted toxins and promote weight loss.
Mild analgesic – Elderberry has historically been used for its ability as a pain relief against symptoms including: sinus, muscular and nerve pain.
Anti-inflammatory – Functioning as an anti-inflammatory, elderberry can relieve against inflammation caused by sore throats and joint pain.
Antihistamine – Elderberries ability to fight against cold like symptoms make it a powerful agent against seasonal allergy symptoms including sinus and nasal congestion.
Antioxidant – The powerful elderberry is known to contain polyphenols, a compound with antioxidant properties that have been proven to improve the overall immune system and promote better health.
Size: 100g pouch.
Dried Elderberries (whole)
Certified Organic Elderberries (Sambucus nigra).
Contains no fillers, additives or preservatives. Store in a cool, dry place.
Made in Australia from lmported ingredients from Bulgaria.
Made in a facility that handles nuts.
Homemade Elderberry Syrup
- 1/2 cup dried elderberries
- 2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger , minced/grated
- 1/2 cup raw medjool date paste/syrup or preferred syrup sweetener
Combine the elderberries, water, and ginger in a small saucepan over high heat and bring the mixture to a boil. Lower the heat and allow the mixture to simmer until the water has been reduced by half, about 45 minutes.
Transfer the cooked berries and liquid to a clean bowl and pour it through a fine mesh strainer to remove the berry skins. Use the back of a spoon to press on the berries in the strainer, to extract all of the juice, then discard the small amount of pulp left in the strainer.
Allow the elderberry juice to cool to room temperature, then stir in the date paste. Use a whisk to incorporate it smoothly, then transfer the syrup into a sealed glass jar that you can store in the fridge.
This syrup should keep well for at least two weeks when stored in the fridge, and can be frozen as well.
*Traditionally, honey is used as the sweetener because of it's medicinal properties. Medjool dates also contain healing properties and have been used for centuries to treat colds which is why we use it in place of honey.