Black elderberry (Sambucus nigra) is a decorative garden plant and honey plant. Berries black elderberries anciently known for its culinary and medicinal properties. Not only the famous black elderberry, but its flowers, bark, leaves and roots, presumably, have medicinal value (mainly for the relief of symptoms of colds and flu). Most interesting is that unlike many other well-known in folk medicine, ‘healing’ plants with the claims, the healing properties of black elderberry is really confirmed by modern researches. Read about how to make tea from flowers and berries of elderberry and its medicinal properties.
Properties of elderberry Modern medical studies confirm the therapeutic properties of black elderberry for patients with influenza B. Patients who were given an extract of black elderberry, was recovering much faster than the control group on placebo (study published in the Journal of Alternative Complementary Medicine). Another study at the University of Oslo in 2004 showed that 93% of patients who were given the extract black elderberry, fully recovered from influenza type A for 2 days, while the control group recovered only after 6 days. There have been several studies of the therapeutic properties of black elderberry for patients with influenza and respiratory viruses with promising results, however, it should be noted that the study was funded and conducted by companies that produce dietary supplements black elderberry.
Known and proven diuretic and laxative properties of the berries of black elderberry. Currently, studies are antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiseptic action for black elder. Elder berries are full of flavonoids that can accurately tell even by their color. Potentially, the antioxidant properties of flavonoids contained in the berries of black elder can help not only when viruses and colds, but also allergies, regulation of the level of glucose in the blood. Some have noted the potential of black elderberry in treating diabetes and even cancer. However, to assert with confidence on the healing properties of black elderberry in these diseases is still too early.
Attention! All raw parts of the plant elderberry to some extent poisonous. Elder berries can be used in cooking only in their degree of maturity! Even the therapeutic properties of the flowers and ripe berries of black elderberry in a fresh or dried form can be consumed in strictly limited quantities!
At home easy to prepare a tea (infusion) of dried berries of black elderberry, as well as fresh or dried flowers of black elder.
Elderberry black elder Berries — dark, almost black color, small (up to 5 mm in diameter) and shiny. Collect elder berries in late autumn in a state of full maturity and dried in a warm, well-ventilated place. If you have a large elderberry Bush, the berries would be good to leave the birds for the winter. Dry elder berries resemble black pepper (in the photo I put in the berries their engagement ring to represent their size). Shelf life of dried berries of black elderberry — 1 year, store them in a cool, dry place.
The black elderberry flowers you Can use flowers (color) black elderberry in a fresh, straight from the Bush, and in the dried form. Fresh inflorescences harvested in early flowering black elderberry, in may-June. It is better to not collect fully opened flowers, but only the opening buds.
Tea from flowers and berries of black elderberry In the home, you can brew tea (a hot drink, an infusion) from elderberry. The color of the berries of black elder is brewed separately and in mixture.
To make tea from fresh, color black elderberry, take 2-3 inflorescences per Cup and brew with hot water. Tea from the dry color elderberry, take 1 heaping tablespoon of color to 1 Cup of water. Color elderberry brew in the teapot or Cup covered at the top, and let steep for 5 minutes. I for these purposes use the glass teapot/coffee pot with filter — very convenient! Tea of elder flower is best to drink hot.
To make tea from the berries of the black elderberry, take 2 teaspoons of dried berries to 1 Cup of boiling water. The berries are brewed in the same way as color, insist 5-10 minutes and drink the tea hot.
Elderberry for colds Tea from berries and/or flowers of black elder is recommended to start drinking at the first signs of a cold. During a cold drink 2-4 cups of elderberry tea a day for several days. Attention! This recommendation is not for daily use, but only during a cold for several days for quick relief of symptoms!
If you use this amount of elderberry tea is becoming a problem due to the laxative properties of the plant, instead of eating inside, you can gargle with the tea infusion with elderflower for relief of runny nose, cough and sore throat.published
P. S. And remember, only by changing their consumption — together we change the world! ©