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A note from @The_Smile_Enthuisiast, longevity coach and co-creator of our Medicinal Herbal Blends.
Elder flowers are an excellent remedy for acute ailments. They help to promote perspiration and reduce inflammation. They contain antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties— as well, they have the ability to shorten the duration and severity of flu symptoms.
The most common uses of elder flower are for colds and flu, sinus infections, and other respiratory disturbances.
Elderflower has antibacterial and antiviral properties, and may help alleviate some allergies and boost the functioning of the immune system.
Elderflower is rich in bioflavonoids, mostly flavones and flavonols, that are most commonly known for their antioxidant, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. The most abundant flavonols in elderflower are quercetin, isoquercitrin and anthocyanins, which have antiviral properties as well. Elderflower also contains chlorogenic acids, such as cinnamic acid, which may help with allergies, regulate blood glucose levels and have a laxative effect on the body.
Since all parts of the fresh plants are mildly toxic and can cause nausea and diarrhea, it’s important to ensure that when you’re using elderflower, that you’re using the dried flower.