Yep, Elderberry again. Well, it IS that time of year, and I’ve received at least half a dozen Elderberry emails in the last week so I thought I’d write a bit more about one of my very favorite subjects. Angie just sent me some stunning berries from Oregon so I started a new batch of Elixir brewing for the coming cool months, I added a bit of Orange Peel and Ginger this time around for an extra warming (and tasty) Elderberry experience. A batch from earlier this year made with Calamus is incredibly tasty too.
Some of the info below has already been posted here, but I thought I’d put it all together with a few new tips, especially geared towards Elderberry Elixir usage.
- Ear Infections (NOT for use with a perforated eardrum) – clears up most ear infections overnight when a few drops are placed in the ear overnight, best when taken concurrently internally.
- Nausea. I’ve only had a chance to try this on maybe half a dozen cases as of yet, but it works great so far. I’ve used it on myself dozens of times, especially for hormonally based nausea. Will help settle your stomach if you have the flu, food poisoning etc but not quite as effective that way as for motion sickness, morning sickness etc great combined with Peach and Ginger.
- Exhaustion – an instant yet mild lift that’s not stimulating at all, very adaptogen like. Here‘s a lovely article by cancer specialist/herbalist Donald Yance on bioflavanoid rich plants as adaptogens.
- Auto-immune disorders or severe immune depletion after long-term antibiotic treatment or other immune dysfunction. I’ve used it for severe immune depletion in children as young as five years old. Probably safe for those much younger but haven’t used it myself long term on very small children. Seems to work very well for Lupus, especially when accompanied by Reishi decoctions.
- Viruses, obviously. I’ve gone on about this at some length and won’t repeat myself too much here. Wonderful beyond words, so restorative, healing and fast-acting.
- Wounds. It’s a bit sticky with the honey or glycerine in the Elixir but it works just great with a bandage. I like a nice fresh Elderberry salve made with rendered animal fat too, messy but fabulous.
- Supportive treatment for adrenal depletion. Works slowly but steadily on the kidneys and adrenals. Don’t have any research to back this up just yet, but experience tells me this plant can be very very helpful in chronic fatigue and adrenal exhaustion. Warm it up with Ginger and Orange peel if there’s a cold constitution involved.
- Nearly all internal infections/inflammations. This is probably obvious from the immune applications, but wanted to restate it. Lovely for UTIs, vaginal infections (with Monarda), chronic lung crap (with Mullein), ulcers (with Mallow) and other similar situations. If you’re an Echinacea addict, it works well with it. Supportive to toothaches but won’t fix it, take it with Alder and Oregon Grape Root for more direct results
- Hay fever – Strengthens and tones the mucus membranes, modulates the immune system and some other things I don’t understand. Good with Goldenrod and Monarda flower honey.
- Vasculitis, and other vascular weaknesses. Lovely combined with Rose hips, Hawthorn berries and Huckleberries for this.
And if you’re new here, the recipe for Elderberry Elixir is right here.