Dried Elderberries - Whole, Organic

Herbs: Dried Elderberries - Whole

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

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 recipe
by cheri Cunningham on Jan 5, 2014

I'm wanting to make some of this syrup, from the recipe above, and need to know how many cups of berries are in .5lb. Thank you!

    Re: elderberry syrup recipe
    by Bulk Herb Store on Jan 13, 2014

    I would say there is between 3-4 cups of Elderberries in a 1/2 lb bag. Thanks!

by Denise Baughman on Jan 2, 2014

i was given a small bottle of elderberrie tincture from an amish man years ago and it was made with vodka and has a small amount of peppermint oil in it, he has long ago moved away and i have been looking for this recipe, do you know how to make this???

    Re: elderberries
    by Bulk Herb Store on Jan 3, 2014

    Hello, I would recommend filling a jar 1/3 of the way up with elderberries and then add peppermint leaf until the jar is about 1/2 way filled. Then fill the rest of the jar with vodka and let sit for 3 weeks.

pits poisonous
by CJ on Dec 24, 2013

I was told the pits are poisonous and shouldn't be broken open or smashed while cooking. Is this true?

    Re: pits poisonous
    by Bulk Herb Store on Jan 6, 2014

    Hello, if the berries are not ripe before being picked and dried they can be poisonous. However our Elderberries are from completely ripened berries and are hand picked for correct selection. Thanks!

Storage Question
by Kathy on Nov 4, 2013

Can these berries be frozen for longer shelf life?

    Re: Storage Question
    by Bulk Herb Store on Nov 5, 2013

    Yes, you can freeze them to keep them fresh! We recommend storing for around 2 years.

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 organic Elderberries
    - 3 cups water

    - 1 cup raw local honey

    - 1 organic Cinnamon stick, 3 organic Cloves, and organic 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.

Mold on honey tincture?
by Deborah on Oct 11, 2013

I made a honey tincture with elderberries, echinaecea, rose hips, alfalfa, and ginger and followed the instructions for making it in the crockpot. My kids LOVE it, and thankfully I made 2 quarts of it. One qt. has been in the cabinet and I got it out today; it has what looks like two circular spots of mold on top! I am so sad! It's probably because I watered the mixture down a little to "make it last longer." Bad idea. I hate to throw a whole quart of honey and herbs down the drain; do you have any idea if mold on top of this tincture is dangerous or can the tincture still be useable if I scoop off the top?? I feel very foolish and either way I won't water it down next time...

    Re: Mold on honey tincture?
    by Bulk Herb Store on Oct 14, 2013

    Watering it down was probably the reason for the mold grew. I would not advice using it. You probably need to make a fresh batch. Thanks!

Elderberries dried organic
by Lisa on Jun 16, 2013

It says .5lb. Do you mean 1/2 a lb or 5oz?
Thank you.

    Re: Elderberries dried organic
    by Bulk Herb Store on Jun 17, 2013

    .5 lb. is 1/2 lb. or 8 oz.

Can you eat them by themselves?
by Keri on Mar 29, 2013

My kids love fruit and we are at the end of fighting a TERRIBLE sickness that included cough, upper resp infections, etc. I want to know if we can eat these just as we do other dried fruit, like cherries and apples. Can we just grab a handful and eat??

    Re: Can you eat them by themselves?
    by Bulk Herb Store on Apr 30, 2013

    I have done this but the taste is not very desirable.

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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