This week we are not going to discuss a veggie, nor a fruit or superfood. It’s all about the Elderflower! You might wonder how we ended up using these in our drinks! Well, you’ll have to wait until Friday for the most refreshing mocktail recipe using Elderflower syrup that basically defines spring. But first, let us tell you more about the beautiful and flavorful Elderflower.
- Sambucus Nigra is mostly found in Europe and North America and the only variety considered to be non-toxic, although keep in mind that they still need to be cooked before consumption!
- In European folklore the elder was thought of as a protective tree that would keep evil spirits from entering the house. This is somewhat true if you consider insects as evil. The leaves are a natural insect repellent
- Elderflowers contain vitamin C, flavenoids, omega-3 fatty acids, omega-6 fatty acids and tannins which have anti-inflammatory purposes and are important for a strong immune system
- The extract of the flower can also be used as a skin tonic due to its ability to soothe dry skin and lessen irritation
- A herbal tea made from the flowers reduces colds and flu like symptoms, allergies and is proven to be highly effective if you’re suffering from hay fever
- The consumption of elderflower has the ability to support the digestive tract. Its nerve relaxing properties enhance digestion and reduces bloating