Many people may have experienced the distinctive floral taste of elderflower tea, but not everybody knows it is a remarkable healing herb. Recipes for elderflower-based medications date back to Ancient Egypt, where tombs were found to contain jars of elderflower tincture around 3500 BC. It has a long history of use throughout the ancient world, including in native America. In Europe, it has been used to treat cold and flu symptoms, being popular in the early 20th century.
Elderflower has diuretic, laxative, antiseptic, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties. The flowers are known for their high antioxidant content and Vitamin C content which can boost your immune system. Elderflower also helps fight flu and respiratory disturbances by encouraging toxins to leave the body, literally”sweating it out”. Its anti-viral properties have been backed up by science. In 2006, researchers discovered that an extract from the elderberry plant was effective against the H5N1 strain of avian flu.
Elderflower contains tannins that have an astringent effect, which helps to dry up runny eyes and noses. This, in turn, is a lifesaver in preventing “red nose syndrome” caused by overblowing of your nose and eyes. Elderflowers can also help with inflammation and irritation.
According to Irish research, elderflower is also effective in combating various hospital pathogens such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)1. This and other studies, such as the aforementioned 1995 Hadassah study, demonstrated that Elderflower is effective against human, swine, and avian flu strains.
Elderflower is frequently used to calm or relax people. Elderflowers can relax the nervous system during stressful times and may even relieve depression.
The flowers contain flavonoids, the most important of which is quercetin, which aids in the reduction of oxidative stress in the body. This aids in the protection of the skin, joints, and blood vessels. It is commonly used in skin creams and is frequently recommended for arthritis sufferers.
Elderflower has been even shown to help lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels in the body.
As with many of the herbs that were popular with ancient Egyptians, Elderflower is a healing powerhouse.