The black elderberry, from its Latin name Sambucus Nigra, is a plant belonging to the Caprifoliaceae family growing throughout Europe, from plains to mountainous regions. The black elderberry is a large shrub. In August, at the end of flowering, there are bluish black berries. They are used to make syrups and/or jams.


Discover the benefits of black elderberries.



Elderberry Syrup (JCN) | Sambucus Nigra or Black Elderberry has many healing medicinal properties.

Its use in healing dates back a very long time. Several parts can be used but we will focus on the black elderberries.

As noted above, the berries bloom in August. They are bluish black. They should not be eaten raw. Consumed raw, they cause vomiting and nausea. This is due to the presence of a toxic alkaloid which is destroyed after cooking.

Unripe berries contain hydrocyanic acid and can cause unpleasant ailments such as diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and, in some cases, labored breathing.


Black elderberries contain several vitamins :

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamins B (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6)
  • Vitamin C

There are also mineral salts, including potassium, calcium, zinc, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, copper and zinc.

That’s not all. Elderberries also contain carbohydrates, protein and fiber. Amino acids are also part of their composition: glutamic acid, aspartic acid, alanine, arginine, cystine, glycine, isoleucine, lysine, proline, serine, tyrosine, threonine, tryptophan and valine represent those present in greater quantity.


Elderberries treat inflammation of the bronchi and lungs, eaten in syrup; they are rich in vitamins and therefore help prevent winter colds, strengthen the immune system and can cure infections.

Elderberries are also mildly laxative, and therefore excellent for constipation. The medicinal properties of elderberry are numerous, when used internally.

We note for example: seasonal viral respiratory infections, such as colds, flu, sinusitis and bronchitis. Elderberry is also effective against gastrointestinal disorders, but also water retention, cystitis and urinary tract infections.

It can also be used against throat irritations, such as laryngitis and pharyngitis. It is also, more generally, a beneficial plant for strengthening the immune system.

As for elderberries, they are full of anthocyanins, thus offering an antioxidant, antiradical and antiangiogenic power. Its medicinal properties are also used against rheumatism, arthritis and osteoarthritis, to relieve joint pain.


A study by researchers at the University of Illinois has shown that Canadensis elderberry has the potential to neutralize a strain of cancer cells.

In summary, black elderberries are:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-Viral
  • Anti-Influenza
  • Anti-Cancerous properties
  • Treat Cold
  • Treat the Flu
  • Treat Sinusitis
  • Helps Immunity
  • Binds to H1N1 vírus and prevents it from entering cells

Jessica Cardiny Naturopathe, aromatologue, herboristerie, fleurs de bach, médecine douce

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