What are Elderberries?
Elderberries are small, dark berries that grow in clusters on elder trees (also called elderberry bushes), and are very common throughout Europe and North America. They have a long history of human use, from food, to wine, and even for medicine. They are a fast-growing plant which can grow up to 13 feet tall. The leaves are compound and feather-like, the bark smooth and gray with little bumps. The branches are pliable when young, brittle when older, and have a white pith inside which is sometimes hollow like a tube. In late spring or early summer, tightly clustered bunches of tiny white lacy flowers form in large umbrella shaped clusters.
How do they work?
Nutritionally, elderberries contain large amounts of vitamin C, potassium, and beta-carotene, as well as calcium and phosphorous.
Elderberries may shorten the duration of cold and flu symptoms, as well as strengthen the immune system. They are a natural diuretic and detoxifying agent. The flowers can help to restore the skin, sooth sunburns and rashes, and even help with sore muscles when steeped in oil and massaged in.
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