There are about 30 types of elder plants and trees found around the world. Black Elderberry, the European version (also known as Sambucus nigra) is the one most closely tied to health and healing.
Seeds have been found in Neolithic pole-dwellings in Switzerland, suggesting that the plant was in cultivation by about 2000 BC. By the time of Pliny the Elder (77 C.E.), the medicinal properties were well known. Hippocrates, the ancient Greek known as the father of medicine, called elderberry his “medicine chest” because it seemed to cure so many ailments.
Only the nutrient-rich flowers and ripe berries (after cooking) should be consumed. While many chemical constituents have been identified, some of the common nutrients include vitamin C, vitamin A, flavonoids, beta-caroten, iron, and potassium.
As an herbal medicine, the elderberry is widely considered one of the world’s most healing plants.
The berries and flowers of elderberry are packed with antioxidants and vitamins to boost immune system. They can help reduce inflammation, reduce stress, and help protect your heart.
Elderberry has been widely used to help prevent and ease cold and flu symptoms, as well as joint pain, headaches, fever, kidney problems, stress, and epilepsy.