Elderberry – Sambucus nigra

The Bulgarian ginseng
The elderberry grows in medium to wet, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade.   It tolerates a wide range of soils. The plants spread by root suckers to form colonies. They can also spread freely by self-seeding and somewhat aggressively in optimum conditions.

The elderberry (Sambucus nigra) is a folk remedy in North America, Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa. The elderberry was used to dye fabrics; for ink; women dyed their eyebrows with its pigment.
Nowadays the medicinal benefits of the elderberry are being investigated and rediscovered, to name but a few of them:

Powerful antioxidant
Helps lower cholesterol
improves vision
boosts the immune system
improves heart health
it is good for coughs, colds, flu, viral infections and tonsillitis.

The bioflavonoids and other proteins in the juice destroy the ability of cold and flu viruses to i
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