Elderberry – Sambucus
Most commonly thought of and utilized as a flu remedy, as it directly inhibits the influenza virus’s action, elderberry is alterative, aperiant, astringent, demulcent, diaphoretic, diuretic, emollient, laxative, and expectorant - aids in expelling mucus from airways. See recommendations and dosage below.
Elderberry is a genus of flowering plants in the family Adoxaceae.
Alterative: supports the body in its natural cleansing processes. Aperiant: eases constipation. Astringent: causes the contraction of tissues, primarily the skin (the flowers are mildly so). Demulcent: soothes inflammation or irritation. Diaphoretic: induces sweating (primarily the flowers). Diuretic: promotes urination. Emollient: increases skin hydration by reducing evaporation. Expectorant: aids in expelling mucus from the airways. Laxative: loosens stools and promotes bowel movements.
Elder(berry) is probably most commonly thought of and utilized as a flu remedy, as it directly inhibits the influenza virus’s action. An Israeli study led by researcher Madeleine Mumcuoglu, Ph.D., discovered that “The influenza virus forms tiny spikes, called hemagglutinins, which are laced with an enzymes called neuraminidase. The enzyme helps the virus to penetrate the cell walls of a healthy organism. The virus then sets up shop in the cell, reproducing more viruses.”
The active ingredients that Mumcuoglu discovered in Elder disarm the neuraminidase enzyme within 24-48 hours, effectively halting the spread of the virus (1). In other clinical trials, 20% of patients reported significant improvement within 24 hours, 70% by 48 hours, and 90% claimed a complete cure after three days. Patients receiving the placebo required six days for recovery. And as of 2001, Elderberry had been proven effective against eight different influenza viruses.
1x dropperful as a preventative or 3x a day at the onset of illness
Note: Tinctures consist of the herb listed (ie elderberry) infused in 100% vodka, unless otherwise noted.
Elderberry is available as a glycerite – no alcohol – so suitable for children.