Botanical Name: Sambucus nigra
Components: A member of the honeysuckle family, this small tree with its clusters of tiny white flowers and dark purple berries has been cultivated since prehistoric times.
Overview: The phytochemicals found in elderberries are known to fight infection, particularly in the respiratory system. High in antioxidants, it lowers cholesterol, improves vision, boosts the immune system, and improves heart health.
Uses: Used in teas, tinctures, wines, and syrups. The berries and flowers are safe to use, while the branches and leaves are poisonous.