Elderberry’s Curative Properties
Elderberries have been used in folk medicine for thousands of years. For example, in 500 BCE the Greek physician Hippocrates wrote of the healing properties of the elderberry, which was so effective for so many maladies that he described it as his “medicine chest.” In 1651, apothecary and alchemist John French likewise praised the healing properties of elderberry in his seminal work The Art of Distillation.
More recent scientific inquiry has revisited the medicinal properties of the fruit of the elderberry tree, which was motivated initially by the search for alternatives to antibiotics after strains of bacteria began to become immune to the current families of antibiotics. A growing body of scientific evidence indicates that extracts of the fruit of the elderberry tree inhibit the reproduction of cold and influenza viruses and kill the bacteria that cause secondary infections.
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