Elderberry Tea Benefits – History, Health & How To Use It
Herbal tea was created and used throughout history to aid ailments of all sorts! From relieving digestion pains, chronic illness, rashes & burns and more, herbs, roots, seeds, fruits, and barks have been praised for their healing abilities.
Due to these incredible & unique attributes each herb holds, Komunity Kombucha and Fresh Steeps are teaming up to provide in depth biopsies of individual herbs, roots, seeds, fruits and more!
In this article, we will discuss the elderberry! We will dive deep into elderberry tea benefits, history, health, & how to use it for yourself!
The elderberry, or elder, is a native plant to North America and much of Europe. There are different variations to those elderberries and therefore are actually different species. The North American elderberry is known as Sambucus canadensis and the European is known as Sambucus nigra.
The elder is an ancient berry. Praised for its incredible health benefits, there are historical references for the elderberry dating all the way back to Ancient Egypt and Hippocrates, the “Father of Medicine”. Hippocrates even knew the elder as “the medicine chest” due to its incredibly wide variety of benefits!
Fast forward to the 17th century, John Evelyn English writer, diarist and gardener is quoted saying, “If the medicinal properties of (the elderberry’s) leaves, bark, and berries were fully known, I cannot tell what our countryman could ail for which he might not fetch a remedy, either for sickness or wounds.”
Quotes like these and diaries of uses have been recorded for over 70 different maladies!
Elderberry Health Benefits
So what are the healing properties of elderberry? There have been countless supposed uses of this berry for healing, but we want to explore those backed by scientific data. Here are the top ones!
Arguably the most discussed benefit of elderberries is its immune boosting properties. Elderberries contain flavonoids, actually the highest concentration of flavonoids of the berries! Flavonoids are crucial in immune support because they promote anti-inflammatory responses, antibacterial, antihistamine and mood enhancing capabilities. This allows the body to ward off unknown invaders like the cold or flu quicker!
When it comes to concentration of vitamins and minerals, elderberry knocks it out of the park! Overall, they have amazing quantities of Vitamins A, B6, & C as well as minerals like iron, phosphorus, potassium & calcium. They also contain a great number of antocyanins, powerful antioxidants that fight free radicals that also give it that dark & bold color!
With all the vitamins & antioxidant levels in the berries, this promotes healthier skin. This means a reduction of acne and even healing of cuts, wounds, rashes & burns quicker & cleaner.
Due to the powerful anti-inflammatory response as well as the high concentrations of vitamins, flavonoids & minerals, the berries, when applied to wounds, rashes, burns & cuts help prevent infection and promote fast healing.
Besides allowing the body to get over colds & flu quicker (which doesn’t that make everyone happier?), elderberry has been studied to potentially elevate moods! A study showed promising results of elevating depressed moods in mice. Human studies have not been conducted.
How To Use Elderberry In Your Life
Inspired by what you have read? Great! As always, we recommend doing research for yourself first and being your own advocate. Do not just take our word for this berry, find out for yourself the powers of the elder!
Some precautions to be aware of as well before using. The elderberry, when consumed raw can induce nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. However, when brewed, cooked or steeped there it is safe!
There are many ways elderberries can be incorporated into your daily routine. Many of the common ways include in syrup form or gummies. However, Fresh Steeps & Komunity Kombucha love and recommend tea & kombucha!
By brewing a fresh cup of elderberry tea, you can enjoy the peace and serenity that the warmth of tea brings to the soul, while also harnessing the power of the elderberry! Or, looking for a cool & refreshing beverage? Try kombucha! Both give the satisfaction of delicious beverage and can be brewed yourself at home!
Let us know in the comments if you have any questions or how you would like to use elderberry in your life!