The time is nigh. The elderberries are screaming my name from within their exquisite jar, to be used. to actualize their calling, as homemade, intention blessed Elderberry syrup. To boost the immunities of all beings. To soothe all the sore throats, colds, flus, crying children and adults alike with it’s potent healing powers and exquisite taste.
Let me tell you of her magic powers…. Elderberries come from Sambucus sp. A big bushy perennial that offers cream colored umbels of elder flowers which, once pollinated, become deep rich purple berries, pea sized and round in shape. The flowers carry much medicinal benefit as well, but we are hear to honor her elder….her crone, the sweet berry of the elder tree.
Spiritual Healing Powers
Elder is sacred, elder is wise. Her berries bring vision, literally and metaphysically. She strengthens the heart, she grounds, she holds space for transformation. She brings ease to metamorphosis. Like a serpent shedding it’s skin, she helps us to let go of the old, make way for the new. She is the guardian of the dead. She is the protector, allowing fears to ebb with her presence. A perfect herb to honor for winter solstice. What are you shedding now? What are you ready to release, making way for the light that is on the bound?
Physical Health Benefits
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Elderberries (Sambucus) have been a folk remedy for centuries in North America, Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa, hence the medicinal benefits of elderberries are being investigated and rediscovered. Elderberry is used for its antioxidant activity, to lower cholesterol, to improve vision, to boost the immune system, to improve heart health and for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and tonsilitis. Bioflavonoids and other proteins in the juice destroy the ability of cold and flu viruses to infect a cell. People with the flu who took elderberry juice reported less severe symptoms and felt better much faster than those who did not.
Beneficial components in Elderberries
Elderberries contain organic pigments, tannin, amino acids, carotenoids, flavonoids, sugar, rutin, viburnic acid, vitaman A and B and a large amount of vitamin C. They are also mildly laxative, a diuretic, and diaphoretic. Flavonoids, including quercetin, are believed to account for the therapeutic actions of the elderberry flowers and berries. According to test tube studies2 these flavonoids include anthocyanins that are powerful antioxidants and protect cells against damage.