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Posted by: 1475 (Guest), Friday, December 29, 2006, 4:39am
I've been looking through some of the old threads, and I see alot of things about elderberry and keeping colds/flu at bay. What is elderberry?  That is, is it a tea or how do you ingest it?  Is it safe for my 2 year old?  I really don't want to go and get the flu shots, but I also really can't deal with being sick and staying at home with a toddler!!
Posted by: yaeli, Friday, December 29, 2006, 5:16am; Reply: 1
Elderberry fruit extract is considered to strengthen the immune system. I take throughout winter the recommended dose for prophylaxis: 10 ml daily on an empty stomach (4 times a day for treatment). It says on the bottle 5 ml for children, but I don't know about toddlers. Before BTD, although I used to take the flu shot, I would be down with the cold once or twice a year. I've now completed 10 months of BTD, didn't take the shot, and, knock on wood... but I have to see, there are still 2 months of Winter to go... and we've just had our first snow. I also take 1 tablespoon of EV olive oil before breakfast, and wheat grass juice, and use turmeric and thyme in cooking everyday.

All the best,
Yael  :)
Posted by: Lola, Friday, December 29, 2006, 5:40am; Reply: 2
hope,
http://www.dadamo.com/napharm/gk3.htm

great info on elderberry
Posted by: KimonoKat, Friday, December 29, 2006, 5:41am; Reply: 3
Dr. D has developed a formula from elderberries called

PROBERRY

It also comes in a liquid form.
Posted by: italybound, Saturday, December 30, 2006, 11:11pm; Reply: 4
http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=SANIC4&photoID=sanic4_006_ahp.tif
Click on Plant Guide to the right of the picture (doc version). There you will find tons of info re: the elderberry and all its uses. :-)
Posted by: Brighid45, Saturday, December 30, 2006, 11:22pm; Reply: 5
I use elderberry concentrate as a base for my favorite version of Edna's (aka Peppermint Twist) Berry Berry Good Soda. A teaspoon of elderberry, some blueberry juice, a little pomegranate or black cherry, and all topped off with Gerolsteiner or Pellagrino sparkling mineral water . . . delicious! Far better tasting than diet soda, and great for gently enhancing your immune system.
Posted by: pipnjohn, Monday, January 1, 2007, 12:26am; Reply: 6
Quoted from lola
hope,
http://www.dadamo.com/napharm/gk3.htm

great info on elderberry


Hey there lola, happy New Year! I read the info on the link you posted above and found some interesting stuff on elderberries.

The wild trees around here have been (still are) in full bloom so we gathered some of the flowers and dipped them in a thin rice flour batter and fried them in deep olive oil.

Surprise, surprise, they were bloody delicious!

Pip could not eat many we think they may be full of vitamin C because that makes her ache all over too.
(she enjoyed eating them though)

I had no side affects that I noticed and I reckon they are better than oysters, Mmmmmm....nice!   :P

We would never have thought of eating flowers like that had we not read it on here!!!!    :o    Cheers John.
Posted by: Alia Vo, Monday, January 1, 2007, 12:47am; Reply: 7
Any of the blue or black pigmented or hued fruits--in which elderberries are included--contain vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants for good health and they are known for scavenging free radicals in the body.

Alia
Posted by: Victoria, Monday, January 1, 2007, 2:43am; Reply: 8
Anyone know how we can tell which of the elderberries are safe to eat and which are not?  (Not to scare anyone, but not all varieties are edible)  I have a large bush in my yard which I have grown from a twig, and I still am not sure what the variety is.  It puts out clumps of beautiful white flowers, but since I have been forced to transplant this baby giant a couple of times already, it hasn't graced me with berries yet.  The leaves are two-toned green with yellowish green.

But I'll say this for the plant.  It is a vigorous grower.  At first, I planted it a couple of feet from my deck, and after severely pruning it 5 times each year just to keep it from covering my deck, I have finally moved it to a corner of the yard where it can become a full privacy screen and discourage the neighborhood kids from cutting through on their bikes.  It loves to grow!!
Posted by: Lola, Monday, January 1, 2007, 2:51am; Reply: 9
John,
those flowers sound very tasty!

the other night back in Mac Allen, I was served an orchid with my stake!.....not only good, but also aphrodisiac!! lol
Posted by: Victoria, Monday, January 1, 2007, 2:55am; Reply: 10
Lola,
Was the Orchid your husbands' idea?
Posted by: Lola, Monday, January 1, 2007, 3:03am; Reply: 11
;)
we were told by the hostess, but only after I had eaten the orchids from all our plates!
4 total!
I slept like a baby!!

must have had the wrong reaction in my system!  (think)
Posted by: Victoria, Monday, January 1, 2007, 3:11am; Reply: 12
That's so funny, Lola!!  :-)
Posted by: Lola, Monday, January 1, 2007, 3:26am; Reply: 13
;)
while we re in the aphrodisiac subject.....
has anyone read the book: Aphrodisiac by Isabel Allende?

it has some great recipes, and guarantied to work, according to the author!! ;)



Posted by: Victoria, Monday, January 1, 2007, 3:43am; Reply: 14
I've read several of her novels, Lola, and really like her as an author.  Is this one a novel?
Posted by: Lola, Monday, January 1, 2007, 3:45am; Reply: 15
yes, it s fun to read!
Posted by: Victoria, Monday, January 1, 2007, 3:54am; Reply: 16
HERE is a link to some information about the use of orchids in chinese herbalism.
Posted by: Lola, Monday, January 1, 2007, 6:12am; Reply: 17
fascinating Victoria, thanks!
Posted by: pipnjohn, Monday, January 1, 2007, 7:37am; Reply: 18
You ladies are so naughty! No Lola I didn't notice any affects from the flowers except that they tasted great.

I might try growing orchids now though.......sounds like an interesting hobby! ;D  Cheers John.
Posted by: Lola, Monday, January 1, 2007, 7:41am; Reply: 19
now who s the naughty one? ;)
HNY!!
Posted by: italybound, Monday, January 1, 2007, 3:35pm; Reply: 20
Quoted from pipnjohn
Hey there lola, happy New Year! I read the info on the link you posted above and found some interesting stuff on elderberries.
The wild trees around here have been (still are) in full bloom so we gathered some of the flowers and dipped them in a thin rice flour batter and fried them in deep olive oil.Surprise, surprise, they were bloody delicious!


John, unless I totally missed it, I think the info you are referring to came from this site, as the site Lola referenced is mostly about the flu. Very little info on elderberry. Just  in case anyone else wants to have a look-see :-)  Super glad to hear you tried the elderberry flower dipped and fried. When I read that, I thought how I would really love to give it a try. Now I will for sure next year when my new bushes produce. Or do they produce in the first year? Anyone know? :-)

Quoted from pkarmeier
http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=SANIC4&photoID=sanic4_006_ahp.tif
Click on Plant Guide to the right of the picture (doc version). There you will find tons of info re: the elderberry and all its uses. :-)

Posted by: Lola, Monday, January 1, 2007, 3:44pm; Reply: 21
http://www.dadamo.com/napharm/gk3.htm

John was refering to this link I posted,from Greg Kelly on this site, IB.

yours is also very informative! thanks for posting it!
Posted by: italybound, Monday, January 1, 2007, 3:58pm; Reply: 22
Quoted from lola
http://www.dadamo.com/napharm/gk3.htm
John was refering to this link I posted,from Greg Kelly on this site, IB.
yours is also very informative! thanks for posting it!


I read that Lola but didn't see any info re: frying the flower, really mostly info re: the flu. :-)
Posted by: Lola, Monday, January 1, 2007, 6:28pm; Reply: 23
frying the flower was John s idea IB!  lol
the link only talks about the benefits of the friut in general.
Posted by: ion, Tuesday, January 2, 2007, 9:22am; Reply: 24
Quoted from pipnjohn


Hey there lola, happy New Year! I read the info on the link you posted above and found some interesting stuff on elderberries.

The wild trees around here have been (still are) in full bloom so we gathered some of the flowers and dipped them in a thin rice flour batter and fried them in deep olive oil.

Surprise, surprise, they were bloody delicious!

Pip could not eat many we think they may be full of vitamin C because that makes her ache all over too.
(she enjoyed eating them though)

I had no side affects that I noticed and I reckon they are better than oysters, Mmmmmm....nice!   :P

We would never have thought of eating flowers like that had we not read it on here!!!!    :o    Cheers John.

(clap)(clap)   Flower Power!!   Yeeeea!!(clap)(clap)

Posted by: ion, Tuesday, January 2, 2007, 9:43am; Reply: 25
Quoted from Victoria
HERE is a link to some information about the use of orchids in chinese herbalism.


Hi!!!!!Victoria. Very interesting!!!!!! (clap)(clap)(clap)(clap) too.
Posted by: 547 (Guest), Tuesday, January 2, 2007, 11:02am; Reply: 26
Quoted from ion_amygdalou

(clap)(clap)   Flower Power!!   Yeeeea!!(clap)(clap)




Hey Ion, must be synonym for GirlPower!!

(dance)(dance)(dance)(whistle)(whistle)(sunny)(sunny)


Lovelove

Cocky :K)

BTW: nice thread....  ;D ;D
Posted by: Schluggell, Tuesday, January 2, 2007, 12:56pm; Reply: 27
I seem to recall that the flowers of Sambucus sp. is good for the lung congestion and to relieve the stress from couphing. Whereas the berries themselves help the immune response.
So really use them both is what I've done.


And from the old threads you will note that depending on where you are in the world all kinds of coloured berries are used {obviously some taste better, and there can be differences between fresh and prepared berries} - but be very careful to make sure there is absolutely no twigs or woody bits in particularly the Red berry varieties.
Posted by: italybound, Tuesday, January 2, 2007, 10:00pm; Reply: 28
Quoted from pipnjohn
We would never have thought of eating flowers like that had we not read it on here!!!!  .


John, would you mind sharing how you fried your flowers? Did you  egg and flour them or use just flour ?   And what did you think they tasted like?  Ever done zucchini flowers like this? You can do those too. Just make sure they're all bug free. Don't know if that kind of meat is compliant. LOL Thanks :-)

Posted by: pipnjohn, Tuesday, January 2, 2007, 10:42pm; Reply: 29
Quoted from pkarmeier


John, would you mind sharing how you fried your flowers? Did you  egg and flour them or use just flour ?   And what did you think they tasted like?  Ever done zucchini flowers like this? You can do those too. Just make sure they're all bug free. Don't know if that kind of meat is compliant. LOL Thanks :-)



Hi italybound, I did a very light batter of rice flour and water, dipped the whole flower in it and then put the whole flower in hot olive oil.  
Thinking back I think it would be better if you just dusted them in rice flour and then put them into hot oil.
They have a distinct flavour I cannot describe but we enjoyed them very much.  :P
I had too many of them and too much Vitamin C makes me ache badly, so I think they  they maybe full of Vit C.  
They did not do the same to John.  Good Luck. Pip. (of pipnjohn)
Posted by: Lola, Tuesday, January 2, 2007, 10:57pm; Reply: 30
that must have made a terrible noise!!
besides highly dangerous! lol

did you use a deep fryer?
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