Elderberry is the fruit of the elder tree, a flowering shrub in the honeysuckle family. Because the wood of the tree was once commonly used to make pipes, the plant is also known as pipe tree.
Although the tart berries improve in flavor with cooking, the leaves and stems are toxic. The highly fragrant flowers, however, are also used in cooking and to produce skin lotions and other cosmetics. Both infusions of the berry and flower are traditionally used to soothe minor skin irritations, while elderberry juice and syrup are typically taken at the first sign of a cold or the flu.
1c elderberries to 1 cup water, add ginger, whole cloves, cinnamon stick, lemon peel, orange peel, rosehips or whatever hebs you want for their healing properties. Bring to a boil over medim heat, reduce to simmer until halved in volume, strain and smush to get all juices, pour in to jar, add organic honey and keep in fridge. 1 tbsp per day for health, can be frozen.
Elderberry is used for the common cold, "the flu" (influenza), and H1N1 "swine" flu. It is also used for HIV/AIDS and boosting the immune system. Elderberry is also used for sinus pain, back and leg pain (sciatica), nerve pain (neuralgia), and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).
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