Black Elderberry, "Nature's Medicine Chest"
Posted on April 06 2018
If you’ve followed Andi Lynn’s Pure & Custom Formulary consistently on social media, or through any of the region’s media coverage of our organization, doubtless you’ve heard us expound on the virtues of (Organic) Black Elderberry.
Our team has decided to provide a full overview of our most beloved ingredient, since we’ve received a lot of questions from our supporters and interested individuals about Black Elderberry.
Known formally as Sambucus nigra by its botanical name, the little dark berry is native to Europe and North America. Its fruits grow on shrub or small trees, and can be found growing primarily in sunnier areas, doing well with wet and dry climates in USDA zones 3 through 8.
Black Elderberry plants grow up to 20 feet tall (and wide), and start producing fruits when the plants are two to three years old. The plants ripen from August to September, based on the variety types, and the fruits must be picked and stripped into a container to store in a refrigerated area.
The plant’s ripe, deeply blue/purple individual berries often reach the size of a large pea, and have been coined “the immune berry” by some due to their potential properties, which are believed to promote a healthy immune system. The famed “Father of Medicine,” Hippocrates, referred to these fruits as “nature’s medicine chest”.
This belief in Black Elderberry’s potential medicinal properties comes from the fact that the plant is packed with phytochemicals known as “flavonoids” which have been shown to provide high antioxidant protection against cell damage.
Ready for some additional berry science? Good, because we’ve got some great study findings right up our sleeves.
In addition to the flavonoids, it has been reported that Black Elderberry “triggered a significant increase in cytokines like IL-1, IL-6, and IL-8, and even TNF-a, which is associated with an increase in macrophage cells, the scavengers of rogue bacteria and viruses,” Barak et al. (2002).
These antioxidants and cytokine modulations in elderberries contribute to overall well-being by supporting the immune system, and - even more excitingly - there is also the potential of the plant having antiviral and antibacterial properties, per a 2011 study by Krawitz et al.
Elderberry extract treatments (Anthocyanin-standardized) showed a reduction in Streptococcus and Branhamella catarrhalis species’ bacterial growth, which often leads to infections of the upper respiratory tract.
With such promising findings, it’s hard not to react positively. Especially considering the devastation caused during our early experiences with the flu this year.
In our state (Louisiana) alone, it was reported that officials expected about 1,000 deaths as a result of the ravages of the 2018 flu strains. A spokesperson from the Louisiana Department of health reported that they had never “seen the flu season … so aggressive so early.”
Within the U.S., about 12,000 people were hospitalized with confirmed cases of flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s January 2018 estimates. And we’re not out of the woods yet; the condition is still considered to be prevalent in 34 states, including Louisiana.
With this in mind, and the promise of a second or even third wave of the illness, usage of Elderberry treatments have blossomed into an absolute movement. Online purchases of these available, holistic formulas have skyrocketed, seemingly overnight.
While Andi Lynn’s is a true believer and an advocate in the effectiveness of well-created herbal remedies, we would like to underline the fact that the immune system is a complex network that requires a myriad of preventative and reactionary treatments to stay healthy and happy.
- Not all herbal remedies are created equal.
- Black Elderberry is not a cure-all.
- Even effective herbal formulations and pharmaceuticals do not always produce immediate results.
The human system requires appropriate levels of physical activity, food energy, and proper hydration, as well as dietary supplements. Bearing this in mind, the usage of well-formulated holistic support can contribute greatly to overall well-being, especially in the face of immune system threats.
This is why Andi Lynn’s is dedicated to crafting the purest compositions. Our formulations provide your body with organic balance, to build physical health and overall wellness. All our easily digestible Herbal Syrups, Drops, Tonics and Teas are lovingly handcrafted through the use of all-organic and ethically-sourced plants, flowers, and local honey.
Elderberries are featured in our following products:
Breathe easy with these specialty sinus and respiratory drops. Leave allergy symptoms in the dust. A choice blend of herbs is anti viral, supports circulation, acts to replenish mucus membrane linings. Allows for easy breathing around common allergens such as pollen, dust, mold, pet dander, and air pollution.
Contains extracts of Organic Elderberries (Sambucus nigra), Organic Nettle leaf (Urtica diotica), Organic Anise seed (Pimpinella anisum), Sweet Orange, Vegetable glycerin, and Distilled water.
2 oz Tincture, Approx 45 servings per container.
Adults use 30 drops, 1-6x/day as needed.
Kosher Certified, Vegan, Organic Herbs.
Pure Elderberry Syrup
Andi Lynn's Pure Elderberry Syrup is lovingly handcrafted with organic Black Elderberry, filtered water, and local, fresh honey mixture and loaded with flavor. Spoon into hot or iced tea, lemonade, or your favorite protein smoothie. Delicious straight from the spoon!
Baby Blend Glycerite 2 oz
Contains Extract of Organic Elderberries (Sambucus nigra), Vegetable Glycerin, and Distilled Water.
90 Servings per bottle
“Pure’s” organic Elderberry extract is derived from small-batch processes that preserve the plant’s beneficial qualities to deliver natural, organic drops loaded with vitamins, minerals, and anthocyanins gentle enough for a newborn.
We hope the information provided has helped provide a solid understanding of the plant's qualities and healthful features. If you've had experience planting this herb or have tried out our Organic Black Elderberry products, please feel free to give us a review or your feedback! We'd love to know how it worked out for you.
Barak, V., et al., Isr Med Assoc J. 2002 Nov;4(11 Suppl):919-22. 1
Krawitz, C., et al., BMC Complement Altern Med. 2011 Feb 25;11:16. 2Tester, J., Australian Journal of Herbal Medicine. June 2015, Vol. 27 Issue 2, p76, 2 p. 3