How is Elderberry Tea made?
Elderberry tea is extracted from the Sambucus genus of flowering plants, and it can be found all over the world. They come in different colours such as blue, black and red. Their varying color could beautify your garden but what really interests people about them is how they can give you a fresh cup of tea. Elderberry tea is made from dried but ripe elderberries. It's almost like making Hibiscus Tea. These dried berries are boiled in water, after which the mixture is drained to remove the solid particles in it. The resulting substance is now the tea, and it usually has a sweet and sharp taste with earthy undertones like most wine. To change this flavour, you can boil the berries with additional ingredients such as; Cinnamon sticks, Orange/Pineapple juice, Ginger, Lemon and even Honey.
If a mixture like that has no benefit on the body, isn't that a waste? So just try to visualize the numerous benefits of this tea. It can be used to treat cold and flu, cholesterol, and indigestion. They contain Vitamin A, C, Iron and Calcium, so you are sure to get healthy bones from drinking them. As for its dosage, there is no need to load your system up with elderberries, even if you need it to treat a particular ailment or the other. The Best way to take elderberry tea is to use one teaspoon four times a day. Research has shown that it is very effective at this rate, but the dosage is quite reduced for pregnant women and nursing mothers. Certain research showed that to properly understand the properties contained in the tea, ripe and whole elderberries should be your go-to. Still, a cup of this tea has low amounts of nutrients basically because the boiling process extracts some of them.
A single cup of ripe elderberries contains approximately:
Protein: 1 gram
Carbohydrates: 27 grams
Fiber: 10 grams
Sugar: 0 grams
Fat: 1 gram
Though it should be noted that this is the nutritional information before it is prepared as a tea. Do you know that despite its numerous nutrition, the unripe raw berries of the elderberry tree are very poisonous along with its stems and leaves? This is because they have a very high concentration of a toxic element called "Sambunigrin." If Sambunigrin is eaten in its raw form, it decomposes into hydrogen cyanide in the stomach, and that is extremely harmful to our inside. If you eat this, your body may react strongly with diarrhea, nausea and even coughing as they will hit you with full force.
However, this plant's ripe berries and flowers do not contain the same toxin, so it is advisable to use it for your tea, but then eating these ripe berries may have other negative health side effects depending on your body age, weight and more. The safest way to just eat elderberries is by cooking it, that is, making it into tea or any other elderberry product. ElderBlu's Elderberry Tea contains an organic, healthy version of the plant, combined with other all natural ingredients for the balance you need.