Herb of the Day: Elderberry

TriLight's Herb of the Day: ElderberryOne of the most popular herbs this time of year is Elderberry.  Documented use of this herb dates back to the 4th century with Hippocrates, and it has remained a popular go-to for herbalists ever since then.  Due to their high Vitamin C and antioxidant levels, elderberry is widely used for colds, flu and similar illnesses. These beautiful dark berries are used for culinary purposes in baked goods, wine, and preserves. They’re also used in a variety of herbal preparations, typically in teas, extracts, and tinctures.  Elderberries have a delicious flavor and are easy to combine with other herbs that might have a less than pleasant flavor in herbal preparations.

Traditional Uses

  • Cold
  • Flu
  • Bronchitis
  • Immune Support
  • Rheumatic Pain
  • Cough
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-viral

The Plant

Sambucus is widely found throughout Europe and North America.  Preferring moisture-rich soil, elderberry can be grown in a wide variety of climates so long as they are generally above 35 degrees.  They’re best established from a plant from the garden center and will grow beautiful white flowers (which are also used by herbalists) before giving way to the berries.  Keep plants moist and fertilize with wet mulch every season.  The plant will yield berries on the first season but they’re not useable until the 3rd season. Berries are harvested in August and September, most plants will generate 12 pounds or more of berries in a season.  Make sure to store berries in the fridge and use them quickly as they spoil fast.

TriLight Health and Elderberry

Elderberry is found in Yummy Yarrow and Echinacea & Thyme with Elderberry

TriLight's Yummy Yarrow herbal fever & stomach ache reliefLisa loves Yummy Yarrow:

I like to give our kids Yummy Yarrow when they have the flu rather than working to get them to drink a cup of Yarrow tea. All of our children like the taste of the Tri-light herbals, so its very easy to get them to take what they need. They’ve actually stood in line, with their mouths open, waiting for their dose. (My husband gets a kick out of watching this.)

TriLight's Echinacea and Thyme with Elderberry herbal immune support

Echinacea & Thyme with Elderberry is a go-to for Abby:

First thing I reach for when we are preventing/fighting a virus or illness in the house. I credit this tincture for me not getting the respiratory gunk that was floating around our house!

Thanks for the reviews everyone!  Don’t forget you can submit your reviews on our website here and earn points towards free products!!Have you ever used elderberry?


Individuals with autoimmune disease should use caution when using elderberry or any other immune stimulating herb.
Note: TriLight Health employees are not licensed practitioners and cannot prescribe which products you should use. Our comments are educational. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, please see our pregnancy safe section. As with all our formulas, especially if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, please consult your healthcare practitioner before using products with any other medications. Our statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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3 Responses to Herb of the Day: Elderberry

  1. Erin hicks says:

    I live elderberry syrup when my family is starting to feel sick. Great to know this has echinacea and thyme as well.

  2. Lisa J says:

    Been hearing so much about elderberry. Didn’t know it had so many healing properties

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