The diversity of applications that this shrub has is incredible. In addition to being used medicinally, it is used in the kitchen and even in the field against pests.
Almost all parts of the elderberry can be used. Both its white flowers, which adorn medicinal orchards and fields in May, and its blackberries are good for strengthening the immune system.
They should not be lacking in an infusion mixture against colds, to reduce fever or relieve muscle pain. The flowers, harvested in spring, are dried in the shade and must be kept in a cool, dry, and dark place.
ELDERBERRY FLOWERS IN THE KITCHEN
With the sweet flowers of elderberry muffins, syrups or sweetbreads can be made.
- Add them raw to salads. They will give it a sweet touch.
- Prepare them in tempura.
- Make a refreshing infusion with them. Very popular in Northern Europe and the Balkans, this drink is used to treat fluid retention, urine infections, and coughs.
ELDERBERRIES ARE ALWAYS COOKED
The fruits should be collected when they are black hanging from the branches, that is in late summer or early fall. Ripe, cooked berries of most species are edible. However, in general, raw berries are poisonous.
With the juice of the berries, you can make syrups and jams and in Belgium, it is used to make a gin. The berries also have medicinal applications. They are used to improve various cases of rheumatism.
ELDERWOOD, PERFECT FOR KITCHEN UTENSILS
The wood of the elderberry branches is very hard, which is why it is used to make agricultural and kitchen utensils.
The word elderberry comes from the Greek “Sambuké”, which means flute. Formerly the interior of the branches was emptied so that a hollow tube was left with which the flutes were made.
ELDERBERRY LEAVES AND BARK CAN REPEL INSECTS
With the leaves and bark of the elderberry, you can prepare for insects on plants. The leaves are used only in external use, to relieve sprains, bumps, chilblains, and wounds.
Benefits of Elderberry
- Full of immune-boosting antioxidants and vitamins
- Some experts recommend it to help with the symptoms of flu and a common cold
- Helps to relieve constipation
- Relieves joint and muscle pain because of the anti-inflammatory properties
- Relieves headaches as well as a fever
- Elderberry is a well-known treatment for kidney issues as well as stress relieving
PRECAUTIONS WITH THE USE OF ELDERBERRY
This medicinal plant is not recommended in the case of
- Children during the lactation period
- Children under 12 years of age
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