The elder has been used for four thousand years and is reportedly the oldest herb cultivated by human. For over 4,000 years, natural healers have relied on elderflower to treat asthma and allergies.
Nearly all herbal books refer to the elder as “the medicine chest of the country folk”. As a detoxification aid, elderflower may enhance liver function by causing the body to sweat our liquids and eliminate metabolic waste.
Elderflower is comprised of several essential vitamins, including Vitamin A, the B-1, B-2, and B-3 complex, and Vitamin C. The flower is rich in bioflavonoids, that are most commonly known for their antioxidant, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Elderflower also contains chlorogenic acids, which may help with allergies, regulate blood glucose levels and have a laxative effect on the body. Antioxidants, like those contained in elderflower, are essential to protecting the body from free radical damage. Free radicals can damage cell reproduction, causing profound changes linked with an increase risk for cancer.