The ditches near our homestead have an abundant supply of elderberries in the late summer, so we like to take advantage of nature’s bounty by making elderberry juice.
Elderberry juice is not a drink that you take for the taste. It is often sweetened to make it more palatable. My husband and I each put a tablespoon of unsweetened elderberry juice in our daily dose of kombucha (which is a fermented drink). The addition of elderberry to kombucha makes both a little more pleasant to drink.
The main reason to take a daily dose of elderberry juice is the health benefits! As school gets back into session, we are all exposed to germs that we don’t really have as much contact with during the summer. The flu is more prevalent during this time, as well. Elderberry juice helps boost the immune system making you better able to resist the flu. Some studies have also shown that it can help alleviate allergies, soothe an upset stomach, relieve gas, and help with weight management.
Elderberries have antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and antispetic properties and can be used as an antiseptic wash/poultice and an eye wash to get rid of pink eye.
The elderberry flowers are very beneficial for skin health and can be used to make lotions.
Elderberries should not be eaten raw because they contain a chemical similar to cyanide that can be toxic. You can read more about elderberries on FoodFacts presented by Mercola.com.
Some doctors suggest pregnant and breastfeeding women avoid elderberries and their byproducts.
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