Our Organic Freeze-Dried Elderberry Powder is a nutritional superstar as it's loaded with almost twice the nutrients of blueberries. Featured in the writings of Hippocrates, Elderberry has a long history of use among European herbalists, possibly because it is so rich in vitamins, minerals, and powerful phytochemicals. Elderberries can be used to make preserves and wines and add richness, flavor, and color to recipes.
Health products containing extracts, juices, or syrups of Elderberry have become very popular.
Elder has often been described as the medicine chest of the country's people, and many of its medicinal uses are still widely employed by modern herbalists.
In 1644 a book dedicated entirely to the virtues of Elder was translated from Latin into English. The author sings the praises of the Elder Tree in no less than 230 pages. The booklet became so popular that it ran through several editions in English and Latin versions. Every single part of the plant was mentioned as medicinally useful. Reference is even made to an edible fungus known as 'Judas Ear' (alluding to the myth mentioned above), which often appears on Elders that grow in damp and shady places. Accordingly, its medicinal powers were deemed effective for supporting health.
At that time, the Elder itself was deemed effective for practically any ailment, 'from toothache to the plague.
It seems like a whole apothecary could be stocked solely from the many preparations that could be made from its various parts.
The list is quite exhaustive - "a rub or syrup, tincture, mixture, oil, ointment, spirit, water, liniment, extract, salt, conserve, vinegar, oxymel, sugar, decoction, bath, cataplasm, and powder," made from one, several or all parts of the plant, However, in the old days, the healing powers of a plant were not just considered due to their phytochemical activity; instead, the more esoteric, subtle energy of the plant (as we might call it today) also played a great part in many sympathetic magical healing operations.
Primarily found in Europe and North and South America, black elderberries have long been used in traditional cultures to support immune function.
Elderberry has an extensive history of being used in the early stages of seasonal immune challenges. Regarded as an "Elder" plant in Native American Herbalism, Elderberry has been used collectively by many tribes as a tonic medicine and food to promote health and vitality. Elderberries have also been used as a food source for making wine, syrup and, jams. The bush has been referred to as "the medicine tree of the common people."
Some possible traditional uses of Organic Freeze Dried Elderberry Powder may include:
- May support an already healthy immune system
Constituents of Elderberry include:
- Minerals: Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, Selenium
- Vitamins: Vitamin C, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B-6, Folate, Vitamin A (IU)
- Amino Acids: Tryptophan, Threonine, Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine, Cystine, Phenylalanine, Tyrosine, Valine, Arginine, Histidine, Alanine, Aspartic Acid, Glutamic Acid, Proline, Serine
- Anthocyanidins: Cyanidin
- Flavonols: Kaempferol, Myricetin, Quercetin, Rutin
- Phytochemicals: sambunigrin, sambucine, Sterols
- phenolic compounds: chlorogenic acid
- triterpenes: a- and b-amyrin
- Free Fatty Acids: linoleic, linolenic, and palmitic acids
Suggested Use: Mix 1 teaspoon with juice yogurt or add to your favorite smoothie.
Tincture - This method can take 15 to 30 days. You will need three items (mason jar with cover, the herb/herbs of your choice, liquid for extracting). The extracting liquid can be alcohol, alcohol/ water combo, vinegar, or vegetable glycerin. Take the product and fill the jar ¾ full, add the liquid of your choice, and close the jar. Then shake the jar, so everything is well mixed. Give the jar a good 5-minute shake several times a day. After 15 to 30 days, strain and bottle in glass tincture jars.
Mixing suggestions: To increase flavor and nutritional profile, combined with our organic acerola powder for an immune nourishing tonic.
Botanical Name: Sambucus nigra
Other Names: Arizona elderberry, American Elder, sweet Elder, wild Elder, flor sauco, tree of music, Danewort, Walewort, New Mexican elderberry, velvet-leaf Elder, hairy blue Elderberry, and dwarf Elder.
Ingredients: Organic Freeze-Dried Elderberry Powder.
Origin: Grown and Freeze-dried in Chile. Packaged with care in Florida, USA.
How to Maintain Optimum Freshness:
- This product is packaged in airtight stand-up, resealable foil pouches for optimum freshness.
- Once opened, just push the air out of the pouch before resealing it to preserve maximum potency.
- Keep this product in a cool, dark, dry place.
- This product is natural and minimally processed.
- Taste, smell, texture, and color may vary from batch to batch. Go here to learn why our products may naturally vary.
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