"Sambucus (elder or elderberry) is a genus of between 5 and 30 species of shrubs or small trees in the moschatel family, Adoxaceae. It was formerly placed in the honeysuckle family, Caprifoliaceae, but was reclassified due to genetic evidence. Two of its species are herbaceous."
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12/06/2010: Mitch6114 from Gatineau, Quebec: "When I feel a cold or the flu starting, I take my Elderberry extract or tincture which is a natural home remedy that is much cheaper than Tamiflu to prevent and cure the flu and the common cold. You can make it easily at home (recipe follows). Elderberries are a good source of Vitamins A, B and C. Have antiviral properties, are rich in anthocyanins (which is good for the heart) have high antioxydant properties.. This tincture will help prevent and heal fever and pain due to the flu, a cold, a sore throat, chills, a cough.
How to make your own Elderberry Tincture or Extract:
First : Dehydrate approximately 2 to 3 lbs of freshly picked eldeberries in an electrical dehydrator or buy already dried elderberries, if available in your area. Place 1/4 to Â½ lb of dried elderberries in a clean quart size mason jar, add 1 full bottle of vodka. Put lid on and store in a dark, dry place for at least 30 days. Shake the jar every few days. Then, strain it immediately OR leave the berries in the tincture and strain them when you use the tincture (it will continue to get stronger). Take 4 tbsps of the tincture at the first signs of a cold or the flu, two to three times a day OR take 1 tsp twice a day (morning and night) to prevent you and your family from getting a cold or the flu."
[YEA] 04/18/2010: Carynllewellyn from Edgewater, Maryland: "Please add Elderberry to your list of Remedies for Viral control...I use it to keep from having any Herpes outbreaks. I see my story is posted, but it took some real looking to find it...so I thought if you added Elderberry to your Remedy list it would be more easily found as a valuable herb which evacuates (I believe the atual term is Encapsulates) the nasty virus(es) thus enabling the body to evacuate it without negatively affecting the body. thanks a bunch, Caryn"