Herbal Insights Deep Dive: The Basics & Benefits of Elderberry

Elderberry cocktails, wines, teas, and tinctures have definitely seen a rise in popularity over the past decade. While the elder tree and all its parts, including the bark, elderflower, berries, etc. were initially used for a variety of sacred practices, today its bitter taste and indigo coloring make it a popular health additive. So, strap in for this elderberry deep dive to truly understand what the elderberry buzz is about. Be prepared to order an elderberry wine or cocktail next time you see it on a menu!


In the past, the elder tree has been revered by many cultures like that of Native American tribes and European countries. It was at one point considered bad luck to burn the bark of an elder tree, so people would hang the branches and limbs in their homes to keep the sacred elder bark close. Today, the herbal benefits of elderberry are still highly regarded, being used as a natural remedy for a variety of ailments.

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Elderberries are filled with antioxidants and vitamins, which give way to a long list of health benefits. The antioxidants contained in elderberries help treat inflammation within the body, as well as heavily support the immune system. Elderberries have long been used as a natural immune system boost when it comes to various colds and flus. Even during COVID, elderberry was largely believed to help the body prepare for infection, which caused a lot of elderberry products to fly off the shelves. Elderberry was consumed via tinctures, capsules, teas, etc. to boost the immune system.

Not only are there large immunity benefits, but elderberries are also believed to assist in gut health. A natural remedy for constipation, elderberry helps to balance the bacteria found in the gut, thus promoting digestive health.

Herbal Insights Deep Dive: The Basics & Benefits of Elderberry


Our dried elderberries can be bought in quarter-pound, or full pound quantities by clicking this link to our elderberry page. Dried elderberries are great to have on hand because their shelf life is so much longer than fresh berries! This way you can make all the elderberry tea blends and syrups for months.

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