Black Elderberry

The elder plant has deep roots in tradition. In the 9th century Charlemagne was said to proclaim that the elder plant, as a panacea, be widely planted. In all traditions of herbal medicine, a display or offering of gratitude for the plants medicine is part of the ritual of harvesting. Native Americans make an offering to a plant before it is harvested, but in European tradition an offering for all medicinal plants was made to the Elder mother, who was thought to reside in the Elder tree. Elder is associated with the underworld, and a flute made from the hollow stems of Elder is said to have a haunting sound and be called a panpipe – a reference to Pan, the Greek god of the wilds. Lastly, Elder has mythological associations with fairies, both good and bad.

What is Black Elderberry Used For?

Elderberries use in food is very common. They can be prepared into wine, jam, juice, syrup, gummies, or extracts for supplements. Traditionally, they were commonly used to enhance the flavor and color of other foods and beverages. Traditional uses of elderberries include normalizing the functions of the gastrointestinal tract, supporting a healthy body temperature and perspiration during an acute immune challenge, and as supporting the resilience of the body throughout the difficult winter months. Modern research is beginning to elucidate elder’s immune supporting mechanisms. Both elderflower and elderberry are rich in polyphenols, which have antioxidant activity. Oxidative stress is often produced during an immune response, and having sufficient antioxidant storage in the body may help to maintain the health and integrity of tissues.