Black elderberry natural remedies are very popular in Russia. If you remember, I already reviewed the wonderful aronia berry. Well, black elderberry is just as useful and powerful. First of all let me show you how to easily determine the difference between aronia berry and black elderberry:
- The best way to distinguish between aronia berry and black elderberry is by it’s smell. Elderberry has very characteristic smell that you will not be able to mistake to anything else. Aronia berry does not have strong smell. Furthermore, black elderberry berries are visibly smaller than aronia berries. Finally, aronia berry has tart taste while elderberry is very sweet.
Black elderberry flower tincture
Let’s start with one of my favorite black elderberry natural remedies. All you need is one table spoon of black elderberry flowers and one cup of boiling water. You will let it sit for 20 minutes in closed container. Please use glass where you can. Then simply strain the tincture. My advise is to drink it warm before going to bed 🙂 However, you can also use it 3-4 times a day. Your serving size will be 1/3 – 1/4 cup. The tincture will help as:
- cold and flu
Black elderberry natural remedies for diabetics
For the first remedy, all you need is one tablespoon of dry black elderberries and one cup of boiling water. Steep berries for 20 minutes, strain and drink the tincture 3-4 times a day. The dosage should be about 50ml (2oz).
Second remedy is less pleasant. You will need one tablespoon of ground or chopped elderberry roots and one cup of water. Steam the roots for 30 minutes, cool it down, strain, and add boiled water to bring amount of liquid back to one cup size. Then drink your root tincture 3 times a day (1/3 cup).
Elderberry and acne
Finally I want to talk about acne. Because lets be honest we all have skin imperfections and pimples at one time or another. So there are 2 ways to use black elderberry to get rid of acne. First of all you can put mashed elderberries or better yet their skins on affected areas. Secondly, you can make elderberry flower lotion. All you need is to take elderberry flowers (1 cup) and add 1/2 liter of boiling water. Steep for 20 minutes. Then strain and cool down. Keep your lotion refrigerated. Try and use the lotion 2 times a day. You will see that it serves as tonic and makes skin look younger.
Black elderberry natural remedies for cold and flu
There are plenty of articles written on black elderberries and their relation to cold and flu. Here is one of my favorites. Please enjoy. And of course for the skeptics I also want to add a very good scientific research on elderberry for cold and flu. Since I love travel, I was biased to pick this study:
- Elderberry Supplementation Reduces Cold Duration and Symptoms in Air-Travellers: A Randomized, Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial
Elderberries side effects according to WebMD.
Taking an elderberry juice extract is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth for up to 12 weeks. It’s not known if taking elderberry juice extract is safe when used for long periods of time.
Elderberry is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when the leaves, stems, unripened fruit, or uncooked fruit is consumed. The cooked elderberry fruit seems to be safe, but raw and unripe fruit might cause nausea, vomiting, or severe diarrhea.
Special Precautions & Warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the safety of using elderberry during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
“Autoimmune diseases” such as multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, SLE), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), or other conditions: Elderberry might cause the immune system to become more active, and this could increase the symptoms of autoimmune diseases. If you have one of these conditions, it’s best to avoid using elderberry.
while being a bit dangerous to people with certain autoimmune conditions, black elderberry is quite safe to consume or apply to skin even over moderately long periods of time. And the benefits of elderberry are quite fantastic!