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Sunday, June 5, 2016
Elderflower flowers are used for preparing the syrup that strengthens immunity, but in treatment sometimes are used leaves and berries from this plant. Do not eat green fruits and stems, as they contain some mildly toxic substances.
Elderflower (Sambucus nigra) is famous in herbal medicine, because fruits and flowers. Tea made from elderberry flower promotes sweating and secretion of bronchial glands, but in folk medicine since ancient times is used as a remedy for colds, flu, and viruses.
Also reduces the mucus, and is useful for hay fever, sinusitis, and otitis media. Recent studies have shown the beneficial effects of elderberry. According to the Bulgarian research from 1990, elder flowers have antiviral activity against influenza A and B, and herpes simplex virus type 1.
Tea from elder flowers is also excellent anti-inflammatory mouthwash. Gargling this tea help with painful swollen gums and sore throat. The fruits of elderberry are useful in the treatment of influenza. Recent clinical trials in Israel have shown that elderberry extract will reduce the severity of symptoms and duration of illness if taken within the first 48 hours of illness.
Elderberry dried fruits, which may be stored for several years, are used to treat diarrhea, such as dried blueberries. It takes several times a day to take 10-15 dried berries, and they can be added to any teas. Except as syrup, wine, jam, and jelly, elderberry berries can be frozen. Boil briefly and freeze in plastic containers. In the season of colds and flu, you can add frozen berries to tea, juice, and smoothies. (source)