Elderberry and Olive Leaf Prevent Viral Attack
The English Elderberry or L. Sambucus nigra is a native flowering plant of North America and Europe. It is loved by birds and bees for it's highly nutritious and delicious flowers and fruit. It's purple color is due to its high content of flavonoids which is what will save us all from certain death! I'm sure you've heard of the seasonal warnings to get your flu shot or you're going to die. Not to mention the yearly man-made viruses that are a result of someone not washing their hands before they left the gene-splicing virus making factory. Well currently we've got a serious panic with the new Coronovirus from China. The first case on America soil showed up today in Washington State. Well I'm here to tell you to please not panic and take your elderberry syrup. These articles I've included from PubMed show that elderberry has proven time and again to prevent viral invasion of healthy human cells. The excerpt below has a number in parenthesis. This is the article number on pubmed. You can copy this number and put it into the search window to pull up the full document.
"The elderberry extract inhibited Human Influenza A (H1N1) infection in vitro with an IC(50) value of 252+/-34 microg/mL. The Direct Binding Assay established that flavonoids from the elderberry extract bind to H1N1 virions and, when bound, block the ability of the viruses to infect host cells. "(pmid:19682714)
"Considering the efficacy of the extract in vitro on all strains of influenza virus tested, the clinical results, its low cost, and the absence of side-effects, this preparation could offer a possibility for safe treatment for influenza A and B." (pmid: 9395631)
Now the second excerpt is speaking about the Sambucol extract and even says it is inferior to the actual fruit concentrate. This is because scientists know that plants have thousands of phyto-chemicals and still struggle to isolate which particular one is doing the job. In order to make money as a company you need to patent a particular chemical to sell this as your own. That is what Sambucol is, an isolated chemical that has been patented to make money similar to a drug. However, we herbalists know that every phyto-chemical in a plant works in conjunction with the others and all are equally important.
Therefore why not make your own! Besides it smelling up your house and pissing off your family, it's the best thing to do to prevent viral-attack. I purchase my elderberries from the local herb shop, I make a 4:1 water to herb mix that I boil on low. I turn it off after 30mins and let it sit overnight (essentially making a cold brew.) I then use my herb sieve to strain it while pushing hard to extract as much of the goods as I can from the mix. I pour this into a jar that is halfway full of honey, then add my olive leaf tincture. Why Olive leaf? Because it is just as much an anti-viral if not more so than Elderberry. More bang for your buck. The jars then can be sealed, labeled and stored in the refrigerator. Pass them around to teachers, friends, family. Nobody wants to die of the purple plague, or bubonic destroyer. Get the word out!!
If instead you wish to purchase some I have just made some fresh!
Desert Sage and Rose Elderberry Syrup
Elderberry flavonoids bind to and prevent H1N1 infection in vitro.
Inhibition of several strains of influenza virus in vitro and reduction of symptoms by an elderberry extract (Sambucus nigra L.) during an outbreak of influenza B Panama.
Everything said here is my opinion. Although mostly based on scientific fact, please do not substitute what you've read here for the opinion and advice of a licensed medical professional.