Garden

Elderberry Promises

Having a very good morning today! While getting ready to meet with a friend for lunch and some shopping I was stopped in my tracks by this beautiful site.

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Such wonderful promise of a large elderberry harvest.

For the first time last year, I made Elderberry Syrup and used it during the winter months to keep my immune system in high gear. I am amazed at the benefits of this delightful bush.

In an article from the University of Maryland Medical Center, that is no longer available on their site, the benefits of Elderberry were listed and explained. Thank goodness I saved a pdf file containing that information. It was stated in the article that,

Elderberry, or elder, has been used for centuries to treat wounds, when applied
to the skin. It is also taken by mouth to treat respiratory illnesses such as cold
and flu. Some evidence suggests that chemicals in elder flower and berries
may help reduce swelling in mucous membranes, including the sinuses, and
help relieve nasal congestion…

Elderberry also contains flavonoids, which have antioxidant properties and may
help prevent damage to the body’s cells. In fact, elderberry outranks
blueberries, cranberries, goji berries, and blackberries in terms of total flavonol
content.” Elderberry _ University of Maryland Medical Center

Of course, before you decide to use any natural products check with your physician for any interactions with your current medications.

Naturally, the dreaded disclaimer:

Any content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately-licensed physician or other health care worker.

Wishing you all a very blessed and beautiful day!

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