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[29 Nov 2010 | No Comments | 9 views | Author: Mountain Rose Herbs]
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Elder is one of our favorite wintertime herbs!  Found growing in moist areas along rivers, roads, and in forests, this immune boosting botanical is native to Europe, Northern Africa, and Western and Central Asia. Its flowers and berries have a long history of use in traditional European medicine. Native Americans have also used the flowers, berries, and bark of Elder trees to treat fevers and joint pain for hundreds of years.  Recently, Elder berry has gained fame as a cure for the flu. Researchers have clinically proven that the berries are effective against eight strains of influenza, prevent infection, and shorten recovery times. Not only is it believed that Elder may be superior to vaccines in preventing the flu, but it does not cause the same side affects. For more information, read our informational profile for Elder Berry. Elder berries may be easily incorporated into teas or tinctures, but here are some other fun ways to make medicine with them: Elder Berry Syrup Elder berry syrup is a proven remedy for preventing and recovering from the flu, colds, excessive mucus, sore throats, and contains large amounts of antioxidants, potassium, beta carotene, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin C. Take a tablespoon daily to ward off illness and a teaspoon every 2-3 hours while sick

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