Herb Spotlight: Elderberry for Natural Cold & Flu Remedy

Back in San Francisco there was a woman who made cannabis edibles that were just out of this world. One time with our regular order of delectable truffles there was also a medicated elderberry syrup. It was Winter so obviously that hippy from Mendo knew that Elderberry syrup will coat the throat and relieve symptoms of a cold, the added cannabis was to help with flu body aches, lift the spirits and help the body to heal itself.

I was at the apothecary in Flagstaff and they had some fresh elderberries amongst the bulk herbs. Obviously I remembered that delicious healing syrup and decided I wanted to go more in-depth on my knowledge of the Elder plant, and I’m bringing you along! I think that I should split the plant up between berries and flowers, so this post is dedicated to the Elderberry.

Breakdown of Elderberry

Scientific Name: Sambucus Nigra [aka: rob elder, ellhorn]

Magickal Stats: Elementally water, ruled by Venus

Improves Function of: 

  • Bronchial System
  • Immune System
  • Digestive System

Aides in Relieving Symptoms Of:

  • Cold & Flu
  • Cough, bronchitis, laryngitis, hay fever and sinus congestion
  • Inflammation
  • AIDS/HIV

Assists Spiritually With:

  • Honor the dead
  • Protection Blessings
  • Inspire prosperity

How Does It Work?

It seems that Elderberry helps to reduce congestion and induce sweating to help expel the cold and flu from the body more expediently. Elderberry contains flavonoids and antioxidants to help boost the immune system and prevent damage to the body’s cells.

What Do I Do With It?

Generally a liquid extract or syrup is extracted from the berries. Take 30-40 drops 2-4 times a day to relieve symptoms of cold & flu. Double the dosage if you’re looking for laxative action. If the effects don’t take hold slowly take more every hour until you’ve achieved the desired results. The sweet, delicious flavor makes this an ideal natural remedy for cough & cold in children.

WARNING: There are several species of elder, but Sambucus nigra, or European elder (also called black elder), is the one used most often for medicinal purposes. Avoid dwarf elder (Sambucus ebulus), which can be toxic. Use a trusted preparation of elder because raw or unripe fruit — as well as the leaves, seeds, and bark — contain a chemical related to cyanide, which is poisonous.

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4 thoughts on “Herb Spotlight: Elderberry for Natural Cold & Flu Remedy

  1. Erica Mary Eleanor

    Perfect timing for my household! All 6 of my children are in the middle of terrible coughs/sore throats/colds… not a fun time! Especially for a breastfeeding babe who is having a tough time breathing through his nose. We are a family of mouth breathers right now!

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