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Elderberry & Elderflower

Nature's medicine chest

Elder is best known for it's Elderflower and Elderberries. A close relative of ニワトコ/せっこつぼく(Sambucus sieboldiana), European (Sambucus  Nigra) and American (Sambucus Canadensis) Elder has long been known as an extraordinarily useful and highly effective medicinal herb, 


For over 5 years now, we have been growing Elder. Starting with just two bushes, we have added varieties and expanded to more than 6 cultivars of both European and American Elder. Some of these are bred specially for their flowers, others for their berries. Our Elder orchards now have over 500 trees and we are one of the biggest Elder growers in the country. We continue to add new varieties each year. 

Folklore related to elder trees is extensive and can vary according to region. In some traditions, the elder tree is thought to ward off evil and give protection from witches, while other beliefs say that witches often congregate under the plant, especially when it is full of fruit. If an elder tree was cut down, a spirit known as the Elder Mother would be released and take her revenge. The tree could only safely be cut while chanting a rhyme to the Elder Mother.

In the modern day, scientific research has discovered that Elderflower is rich in bioflavonoids, mostly flavones and flavonols, that are most commonly known for their antioxidant. anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. The most abundant flavonols in elderflower are quercetin, isoquercitrin and anthocyanins, which have antiviral properties as well. Elderflower also contains chlorogenic acids, such as cinnamic acid, which may help with allergies, regulate blood glucose levels and have a laxative effect on the body. Triterpenoids, especially β-amyrin, erythrodiol, and oleanolic acid, are also found in elderflower. These triterpenoids offer a variety of health benefits including analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer effects.

Boosts the Immune System

Elderberries are particularly rich in flavonoids, especially anthocyanins which are responsible for their deep purple (almost black) colouring. These powerful antioxidants work to keep the immune system strong and resilient. Research has shown that the anthocyanins in elderberries boost the production of cytokines – proteins that act as messengers within the immune system – thereby enhancing the body’s immune response.Cytokines play a crucial role in the immune system’s response to disease and work in ways very similar to hormones. They can be both inflammatory or anti-inflammatory depending on what is needed and are released by immune cells either directly into the blood stream or locally into body tissue during an immune response.

Digestive Health

The high fibre content of elderberries can help to eliminate constipation, reduce excess gas and generally increase the health of the gastrointestinal system. The dietary fibre contained in these berries can also increase nutrient uptake efficiency, especially in the gut, helping you to get more out of the food that you eat. 

Allergy Relief

Elderberry’s immunostimulating and anti-inflammatory properties make it a great natural remedy for allergy symptoms. Inflammation of the sinuses, sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, swelling and a runny or stuffy nose can all benefit from this potent herb. It is thought to be particularly good for hayfever and strengthening the upper respiratory tract.

Elderflower's anti-catarrhal action is also effective in clearing congestion and runny noses caused by seasonal allergies.


The humble elderberry is perhaps most famously used for the treatment of colds and flu. There is much evidence for its effectiveness, 

The Elderflower is an "anti-catarrhal" herb, meaning it is extremely effective for runny noses and congestion. Anti-catarrhal herbs prevent excess mucous formation and aid in removing mucous and reducing inflammation in the body.


These tiny berries are also believed to contain antiviral agents– compounds so potent they are thought to deactivate viruses. Viruses are unable to multiply on their own and need to get inside a healthy cell to do so. They are cleverly coated with something called “haemagglutinin spikes” to help them pierce the cell wall. These viral spikes are also covered with enzymes which the virus uses to break down the cell wall. Elderberries have high concentrations of bioflavonoids which appear to inhibit the action of this enzyme, thus deactivating viruses and rendering them unable to pierce the cell wall and replicate.

Cystitis/Urinary Tract/Bladder Infections

Diuretic  properties of Elderflowers and berries may help speed recovery from UTI’s, cystitis and bladder infections by flushing the kidneys of toxins and bacteria. Anti-inflammatory properties may help to reduce inflammation, potentially reducing the burning and pain that accompanies urination

Elderberry Syrup

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A rich, sweet syrup with all the goodness of Elderberries and organic cane sugar and nothing else!

We recommend taking 20ml once a day as an immune system fortifier during the winter months. Other people dilute with hot water for a warming 'tea', or with sparkling mineral water as a refreshing drink. Yet others pour it over their breakfast yoghurt, pancakes or ice-cream!


Elderflower Cordial

With all the benefits listed above, this syrup is also made from our organically grown "Ryoma" ginger. This syrup can also be diluted to make a hot tea, or mixed with naturally sparkling mineral water to make a very refreshing summer drink. However, there's really very little that's better than Ginger Syrup poured straight over hot pancakes or ice-cream. Oh, it's heavenly!

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Here are some links to independent testimonials as to the health benefits of Elderberries and Elderflowers:


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