Alkaline Herb Healing
What is Elderberry?
Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) has been used for thousands of years by Native Americans to treat infections and ancient Egyptians to improve their complexions and heal burns. The elder tree is native to Europe and the berries have been used to treat cold symptoms and other ailments. The flowers and leaves have been used for pain relief, swelling, inflammation, to stimulate the production of urine and to induce sweating. The bark was used as a diuretic, laxative and to induce vomiting. The dried berries or juice are used to treat influenza, infections, sciatica, headaches, dental pain, heart pain and nerve pain, as well as a laxative and diuretic.
Elderberries are an excellent source of vitamin C. If you consume 100 grams of elderberries, that alone contains 60% of the recommended daily intake. Those same 100 grams have 7 grams of fiber which is over one-quarter of your recommender daily intake. Elderberry contains phenolic acids, flavonols quercetin, kaempferol, isorhamnetin and anthocyanins (this compound gives the berries their dark color). These are powerful antioxidants that help reduce damage from oxidative stress in the body. They contain strong anti-inflammatory effects and 3.5 times the antioxidant power of vitamin E and a natural SPF of 9.88. 
Elderberry increases the number of white blood cells in the blood. It contains polyphenols which support immune health. Elderberry inhibits a bacteria called Helicobacter pylori and it is used to treat bronchitis, sinusitis, cancer, constipation, depression, UTI by increasing urination and releasing toxins. It treats “swine” flu and HIV/AIDS, chronic fatigue syndrome, sinus, back, nerve and leg pain by boosting the immune system. It is also used for hay fever, heart disease, high cholesterol, headache, toothache and weight loss. (2, 3, 4).
Elderberry is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when the leaves, stems, unripe fruit, or uncooked fruit is eaten. The cooked elderberry fruit seems to be safe, but raw and unripe fruit might cause nausea, vomiting, or severe diarrhea.
Special Precautions & Warnings:
Children: Elderberry is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth for up to 10 days. It’s not known if taking elderberry is safe when used for longer periods of time.
“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.