Dried Elderberries


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A member of the honeysuckle family, the clusters of white flowers are followed by black berries.

Used throughout history for its medicinal properties, in ancient Greece, Hippocrates referred to the elderberry as a “medicine chest” for its wide array of health benefits.

Elderberries are also traditionally used for their culinary successes. Packed with nutrients, elderberries are used in a wide range of dishes but primarily in preserves, baking and drinks.

The following medicinal properties are commonly found in elderberries:

Antiviral – Elderberries have been shown to reduce the severity of symptoms of the flu virus and common cold by blocking the virus from entering the body’s cells. This is also a safe remedy for children.

Immune enhancing – Elderberries can be taken regularly through the cold and flu season to enhance the immune system.

Diuretic – A popular remedy for those who suffer from water retention, elderberry can act as a natural diuretic that promotes urination.

Laxative – When ingested, elderberry can have a laxative effect to relieve constipation.

Diaphoretic – Elderberry acting as a diaphoretic promotes sweating which can help to detoxify the body of unwanted toxins and promote weight loss.

Mild analgesic – Elderberry has historically been used for its ability as a pain relief against symptoms including sinus, muscular and nerve pain.

Anti-inflammatory – Functioning as an anti-inflammatory, elderberry can relieve against inflammation caused by sore throats and joint pain.

Antihistamine – Elderberries ability to fight against cold like symptoms make it a powerful agent against seasonal allergy symptoms including sinus and nasal congestion.

Antioxidant – The powerful elderberry is known to contain polyphenols, a compound with antioxidant properties that have been proven to improve the overall immune system and promote better health.


Throughout history, elderberries have been a popular culinary ingredient. Popular elderberry recipes include jams, syrups, liqueurs and pies. The rich flavour of elderberries makes them ideal for mixing with other fruits, including apples, pears and plums.

Other uses

Elderberries are often used in beauty products for their ability to promote softer skin and are a particularly popular ingredient in soaps. Their deep rich colour can also add to the appearance.

Uses and preparations

Decoction: A cup of immune-boosting elderberry tea if drunk regularly can help fight against cold and flu symptoms. Add 1-2 tsp of dried elderberries to two cups of water and boil for up to 15 minutes before straining. Honey can also be added as a natural sweetener to your elderberry tea.

Syrup: If you prefer to enjoy elderberry for its health benefits in a syrup form, make a decoction beforehand that can then be strained and mixed with honey. This is one of the easiest methods to enjoy a daily spoonful of elderberry syrup that will last for up to one month in the fridge.

Tincture: To make a tincture that will last up two two years for use to support your immune system, boil dried elderberries, strain and mix with vodka.

Poultice: An elderberry poultice when applied to the skin can help relieve discomfort from haemorrhoids or itching.

Soups and smoothies: Once cooked, elderberries can be strained and blended into a range of dishes and are a brilliant ingredient in chilled soups and smoothies.


Although there are no known side effects of eating cooked elderberries, if consumed raw, elderberries can lead to nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Because elderberries can increase the activity of your immune system, it is best to avoid them if you suffer from an autoimmune disease, including multiple sclerosis, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.

Culinary Use:

Dried elderberries are a fantastic culinary ingredient. They can be rehydrated and used in pies, jams, syrups, and desserts, imparting a rich, fruity flavor that enhances many recipes. They are also excellent in teas and homemade wine, offering a deep, earthy undertone to beverages.

Medicinal Use:

Historically, elderberries have been used for their medicinal properties. Rich in vitamins A, B, and C, and antioxidants, they are known to boost the immune system. Studies suggest that elderberry extract can reduce the duration and symptoms of colds and the flu (Journal of International Medical Research, 2004). Elderberries also have anti-inflammatory properties, making them beneficial for reducing symptoms of allergies and sinus pain.

Traditional Uses:

Traditionally, elderberries have been used in various cultures for their health benefits. Native Americans used the berry to treat infections, while ancient Egyptians applied it to improve their complexions and heal burns. Today, elderberries are still celebrated for their health-promoting properties.

Other Uses:

Elderberries are also used in natural dyeing processes, providing beautiful natural colors for fabrics. In landscaping, elderberry plants can serve as both an ornamental and practical addition, offering privacy and attracting wildlife.

In survival situations or for preppers, dried elderberries are invaluable. Lightweight and easy to store, they provide essential nutrients when fresh food may not be available. Their immune-boosting properties are crucial in environments where medicine is scarce. Additionally, elderberries can be used to make natural remedies for various ailments, reducing the reliance on conventional medicine.

Interesting Facts:

  • Elderberries are among the few fruits native to both North America and Europe.
  • According to folklore, elderberries are thought to ward off evil spirits.


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