Elderflower is aromatic and makes for a great additive to teas. Like many natural, organically grown botanical medicine, elder flower combats free radicals. Elder Flower helps to build the blood, cleanse the system, ease constipation, and enhance immune system function. It increases perspiration, lowers fever, soothes the respiratory tract and stimulates circulation. They have antioxidant properties and an antiviral effects, which is why they’re effective against colds and the flu. The flowers help reduce nasal inflammation and are most effective when you are already sick.
Benefits of Elderflower:
- Antioxidant Content- Elder contains vitamin C, which is important for the health of your skin, blood vessels, tendons and ligaments. It also contains a flavonoid called quercetin, a powerful antioxidant. Its high antioxidant content makes elder flower tea beneficial for protecting your body from oxidative stress, which can lead to common chronic diseases, including heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
Flu-Fighting Ability- A study published in the “Online Journal of Pharmacology and PharmacoKinetics” in 2009 found that elder flower extract is very effective in treating flu symptoms. Participants experiencing three or more flu symptoms were given four doses daily of elder flower extract at 175 milligrams, while others were given a placebo. After just two days, 28 percent of the elder flower group were no longer experiencing symptoms and 60 percent had significantly less severe symptoms, while the placebo group showed no improvements in symptom prevalence or severity.
For More Information:
Research shows that elder flower can be used to naturally relieve coughs and congestion, An Evidence-Based Systematic Review of Elderberry and Elderflower (Sambucus nigra) by the Natural Standard Research Collaboration.
“Elderflower is a valuable herbal raw material widely used in food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry. It is a rich source of bioactive compounds, such as polyphenols (e.g. chlorogenic acid, rutin, quercetin), that are responsible for their health benefits. Elderberry flowers demonstrate mainly diaphoretic, antipyretic, diuretic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and have been used in folk medicine as a remedy for various ailments and diseases.” Source: Bioactive Properties of Elderflowers (Sambucus Nigra L.)