Dried Elderberries - Whole, Organic

Herbs: Dried Elderberries - Whole, Organic

Common Names: Elderberry, black elder, common elder, pipe tree, bore tree, ellhorn
Latin Name: Sambucus nigra
Origin: Bulgaria/Croatia

Excerts from Practical Herbalism

From the days of Hippocrates through to the Middle Ages and into the 19th century, Elder has been famous for its medicinal properties. In 1644, a book entitled The Anatomie of the Elder, by Dr. Martin Blockwich, dedicated some 230 handcrafted pages to the medicinal virtues and uses of nearly every part of the Elder – its flowers, berries, leaves, ‘middle bark’, pith, and roots. It sets forth that as every part of the tree was medicinal, so virtually every ailment of the body was curable by it, from toothache to the plague. It was used externally and internally, and in amulets (these were especially good for epilepsy, and in popular belief also for rheumatism), and in every kind of form – in rob and syrup, tinctures, mixture, oil, spirit, water, liniment, extract, salt, conserve, vinegar, oxymel, sugar, decoction, bath, cataplasm, and powder. Some of these were prepared from one part of the plant only, others from several or from all. Their properties are summed up as “desiccating, conglutinating, and digesting,” but are extended to include everything necessary to a universal remedy. The book prescribes in more or less detail for some seventy or more distinct diseases or classes of diseases. Blockwitch seems never at a loss for an authority, from Dioscorides to the Pharmacopeias of his own day. His examples of cures are drawn from all classes of people, from Emylia, Countess of Isinburg, to the tradesman of Heyna and their children.

King’s describes the uses of Elder in more specific terms.
“...The expressed juice of the berries evaporated to the consistence of a syrup is a valuable aperient and alterative; one ounce of it will purge.”

Dried Elderberries provide a classic country remedy in the form of an excellent homemade wine. It is quite tasty, and improves with age. When taken hot with honey, just before going to bed, it is an old-fashioned and well–established cure for a cold.


Excerpts from The ABC Herbal

Both elderflowers and dried Elderberries contain substances which ease inflammation and pain. Dried Elderberries soothe the intestines and have been used for all inflammatory bowel diseases. They have a very gentle laxative action, which may explain their decongestant properties. They also have a mild tonic action to help arrest diarrhea. Many other herbalists besides myself have observed a strong connection between bowel problems and respiratory congestion. There also appears to be a strong connection between bowel obstructions and fevers in children.


From Our Reading and/or Experience...

  • Dried Elderberries are a food, and thus we keep it in the kitchen. Though they are not as moist or as sweet as raisins, we add them to many food recipes as we do raisins (hot cereals, vegetable dishes, stir-fry, waffles and pancakes and granola).
  • It can be used to benefit anyone: men, women (including before, during or after pregnancy, and nursing) and children.
  • It can be used as often as you would like, and in any way you choose.
  • As is the case with most dried fruit, Dried Elderberries should be stored in a dark, dry, and cool place. These suggestions will delay the loss of its highly valued nutritional and medicinal properties.

Customer Reviews

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Elderberries for Eczema
by Dianne on Oct 21, 2014

My daughter has had eczema since she was only a year and a half and I have tried many different things. Of all the things I have tried, it seems elderberry gummies have worked the best. I was surprised because I was giving them to her to keep ear infections at bay and her eczema clears up as long as she keeps taking them. They are far better than any topical solution I have tried.

Elderberry Syrup
by Tracy on Nov 2, 2013

Do you have an Elderberry syrup recipe?

    Re: Elderberry Syrup
    by Bulk Herb Store on Nov 7, 2013


    - 1 cup fresh or 1/2 cup dried Elderberries
    - 3 cups water

    - 1 cup raw local honey

    - 1 Cinnamon stick, 3 Cloves, and Ginger (optional)

    Place berries, water, and spices in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. Smash the berries to release remaining juice and strain the mixture. Allow liquid to cool and stir in honey. Will last for 2-3 months stored in the fridge.

Cold and Cough Syrup
by Tabitha on Feb 13, 2013

This is my first purchase from the Bulk Herb Store! It was packaged great! And I was able to make numerous amounts of syrup out of them, to prevent our family from getting or spreading a cold. My boys definitley prefer it with honey and cinnamon and cloves, but then those all are good too ;)! Thanks so much for the wonderful product, can't wait to try more!

Good for flu/cold season
by Larissa S. on Jan 31, 2011

I'm so thankful I purchased these before flu/cold time. Earlier this week my husband was having intense flu symptoms. I boiled a combination of 3 C water with 1/2 C dried elderberries, 1/3 C echinacea, 1/3 C lemongrass, and 1/4 C alfalfa for 1 hour, than left it steep an additional 2 hours. When almost cool I strained and added 1/2 C raw honey. I gave 1/4 C to him every 2 hrs, and he felt much better within a day.

I started to feel flu symptoms last night. I began taking this tea hourly, had good sleep, and this morning fever, stomachache, and body-aches are almost gone. Praise God for these natural bits of goodness!

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