The Elderberry herb throughout history has been used in a variety of ways. So whether it is used as a syrup, extract, capsules, or even as a face wash, this herb is light, refreshing, and perfect during those cold and flu-like months.
Elderberry is one of my favorite herbs to use during the cold and flu months because it is very versatile. So when used as herbal medicine, this herb can be used with apple cider vinegar for a sore throat, or it can even be combined with other herbs like cloves and cinnamon for additional benefits.
And the good news is that it couldn’t be easier to make elderberry syrup at home with a few simple ingredients like the few that I mentioned above.
WHAT MAKES ELDERBERRY BENEFICIAL
The berries are also commonly used for upper respiratory infections. When it comes to the beneficial properties of elderberry, the procyanidins present within the berries are quite high in health promoting properties. A study done in 2016 illustrated that elderberry supplementation reduced the cold duration and symptoms in individuals flying by air.
WHICH BERRIES WORK BEST
The purple, blue and black berries are the best choice for consumption when making Elderberry syrup. And personally, I prefer the purple berries like in the image that you see posted above. You can choose either of the three because they all have great benefits. Usually the red berries are the least preferred.
OTHER WAYS TO USE YOUR BERRIES
And another great thing is that there are a number of other great ways to use your berries naturally:
- You can use a cooled tea or dried flowers as a facial wash or compress, this way helps to improve acne.
- The flowers can also be placed in a muslin bag and used in a bath soak. This method helps to improve skin tone.
- An infused herbal oil with the leaves of elderberries. This method works great as a salve for traumatic injuries, Salves, and creams.