Should you be using elderberry?

I consider myself to be someone who views both traditional medicine and naturopathic medicine to be of equal importance. I think it is important to acknowledge, however, that there are some things I believe should be tackled with traditional medicine, and others with naturopathic medicine. Certain ailments require certain treatment, and one route is better than the other in specific scenarios.

With my Lyme disease diagnosis, I’ve been resorting to naturopathic medicine and treatment more than I have traditional medicine, and there is a whole other story as to why that is. Something I’ve been reading a lot about as of late is elderberry, and so I thought it might be useful to dedicate a post to it and the benefits of using it.

I cannot write a post about elderberry without thinking about Monty Python, and I sincerely hope you all understand this reference. If not, hit up YouTube and search for it. You will not be disappointed.

Moving on.

Elderberry is a fruit, but according to, there are about 30 different varieties, and “The European version (also known as Sambucus nigra) is the one most closely tied to your health and healing.

“The berries and flowers of elderberry are packed with antioxidants and vitamins that may boost your immune system. They could help tame inflammation, lessen stress, and help protect your heart, too.

“Some experts recommend elderberry to help prevent and ease cold and flu symptoms.

“It’s also been used as a treatment for:

I wouldn’t recommend taking elderberry without researching it and speaking with your doctor, but if you suffer from any of the ailments listed above, elderberry might be something you want to consider using.

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