Aug 15 2015

Elderberry Tea




Elderberries (Sambucus nigra)

What is Elderberry?

Elderberries come from the Elder plant that produces a black or purplish berry. Only the ripened berries and flowers are used for medicinal purposes in herbal teas, tinctures, and syrups. The rest of the plant (stems, roots, leaves, and seeds) contain poisonous compounds which are harmful to the human body.

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This tea is great for when you first feel a cold coming on. If you are already fighting a cold or flu (specifically Influenza B), It is also ideal to drink when you do not have a cold because the anti-oxidant rich flavonoids and nutrients that the berries contain boost the immune system to keep it strong and active. It may also reduce cholesterol and

According to WEB MD, “Studies have found that elderberry eases flu symptoms like fever, headache, sore throat, fatigue, cough, and body ache. The benefits seem to be greatest when started within 24 to 48 hours after the symptoms begin. One study found that elderberry could cut the duration of flu symptoms by more than 50%.” Sound like a great cold and flu remedy to me!

Here’s how to make Elderberry* tea: Woman holding warm cup of tea

(Use dried elderberries for this tea because unripe berries may cause vomiting.)

Boil 3 cups of water and add 2 tsp. of dried Elderberries. Let steep for 15 minutes, strain and add honey to taste.


  • Throw in a cinnamon stick to add some fun flavor and more immune and nutritive value.

  • You may also add four tablespoons of Elderberry extract to your tea of choice or alone to fight off a cold. Drinking 2 – 3 cups of this is a good cold/flu treatment.

  • For fever you will want to drink this tea hot to promote a sweat. This sweat will speed up your healing from what ails you.

  • You may also wait for this tea to cool down and use it as a gargle to soothe a sore throat.

  • It would be a smart idea to keep a bottle of Elderberry extract around the house for yourself and your family during colds & flu season. Also, you never know when a pandemic could break out. If it ever does, Elderberry would be my first choice of defense.




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Jan Robbins Certified Diet Counselor, Nutrition Educator, & Family Herbalist

Hi, my name is Jan Robbins. I am a recent graduate of the Hawthorn University’s Scientific Foundations of Holistic Nutrition (SFHN) program. I am also a Certified  Nutrition Educator, Diet Counselor, a Nutritional Herbologist, and Family Herbalist. I received my certifications from Bauman College and The School of Natural Healing. Over the years, I have taken many training courses in Nutrition, Iridology, Herbs, and Foot Reflexology.  I studied under renowned teachers such as Susun Weed and Dr. Bernard Jensen, as well as many others. I am also a Level II Reiki Practitioner. I look forward to helping you reach all your Healthy Notions.



*Always consult your physician before taking herbal substances. Possible side effects: Irregular heartbeat, upset stomach, or allergic reactions. Notify your doctor if you have any of these symptoms.

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  1. Karen@NourishWithKaren

    Pinned! Thanks for the great info Jan! We keep elderberry in our fridge throughout the year. I am interested in making my own concentrate…. just have to find the berries…

  2. Angela

    This is great! I have some elderberries in the freezer (I was saving them for flu season) so it may be time to break them out! Thanks for sharing.

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