The elderflower is a plant that has been used for over four thousand years in different cultures due to its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Some of the most common health benefits of the elderflower is that it treats sinus infections, the flu, common colds, skin irritations, stress, allergies, and other respiratory disturbances. The elderflower has been used as a supplement, diuretic, and can even alleviate certain pollen allergies. With so many benefits to your health, here are just some of the reasons you should have this little plant close by in your home.
1. Lowering Your Cholesterol – By now you know that in order to live a long and healthy life, you have to be taking good care of your heart. According to the American Heart Institute, heart disease is preventable, and you can use the elderflower juice to help in your efforts to improve your overall wellness. Studies have revealed that after only two weeks of drinking the elderflower in tea, young adults experienced lowered triglyceride and cholesterol levels. The flower contains quercetin, and have been found in test tube studies to be effective at reducing cholesterol levels. Lower cholesterol levels means less strain on the heart muscle and could reduce your chances of experiencing a stroke or a deadly heart attack.
2. The Fight Against MSRA – In research conducted in Ireland, the extract from the elderflower was found to kill many of the dangerous hospital pathogens. One disease, in particular, is the MSRA, medically known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. 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.
3. Fighting the Flu – Many people today are hesitant to get their flu shots because they have concerns about the toxins that are being pumped directly into the body to fight off that bug. In a study that was released by the Online Journal of Pharmacology and PharmacoKinetics, they found that the extract from the elderflower is extremely effective at treating flu-like symptoms. Patients who experienced the same flu-like symptoms were given either a placebo or four doses of the elderflower extract. After only a few days, 28 percent of those who took the elderflower extract no longer had the symptoms of the flu and 60 percent had fewer symptoms than when the test was begun. What was quite revealing was that none of the patients who took the placebo had experienced any improvement in their flu-like symptoms during the exact time frame.