Elderflower has been used for centuries in traditional medicine in many different cultures due to its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Elderflower is most commonly known for their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Elder contains vitamin C, which is important for the health of your skin, blood vessels, tendons and ligaments, is rich in bioflavonoids, mostly flavones and flavonols, It also contains a flavonoid called quercetin which have antiviral properties as well. All this powerful antioxidants make Elderflower tea beneficial for protecting your body from oxidative stress, which can lead to common chronic diseases. Elderflower also contains chlorogenic acids, such as cinnamic acid, which may help with allergies, regulate blood glucose levels and have a laxative effect on the body. Quercetin present in Elderberry has ability to lowered total cholesterol and triglyceride levels in young adults. Many foods derived from animal fats release free radicals in the body. Free radicals can damage cell reproduction. The powerful antioxidants in Elderflower fight back against free radicals, neutralizing these toxins before significant cellular damage occurs. As a detoxification aid, Elderflower may enhance liver function by causing the body to sweat our liquids and eliminate metabolic waste. The study went on to show that the Elderflower has antibacterial properties against both gram positive and gram negative bacteria. The results aligned with those from results of traditional medicine to treat the same bacteria at a fraction of the cost. Study that was released by the Online Journal of Pharmacology and PharmacoKinetics found, that the extract from the elderflower is extremely effective at treating flu-like symptoms and strenghtening immune system.
For centuries, dried flowers on the elderberry shrub have been used to create a healthy, restorative tea. Sipping on hot elderflower has a natural calming effect on the mind, leaving you relaxed after a stressful day. Elderflower tea may also help ease seasonal allergies and asthma.