Elderberry (Sambucus)/ Astragalus Root (Astragalus propinquus)
Traditionally: Elderberry is popular for its immune system supporting qualities. It is rich in whole berry phytonutrients that are building blocks along with a healthy life style to assist our innate (natural) immunity to defend against invading forces. Astragalus is used to promote over all well-being, assist in regulating inflammation already within healthy levels. Astragalus is the adaptogen of choice for those wanting to support their physical and emotional balance of homeostasis.*
Plant: Elderberry is a flowering shrub that grows umbrella shaped clusters of aromatic, white flowers that turn to beautiful deep blue to almost black fruit. Astragalus is a legume and part of the Fabaceae family. It is one of the largest of vascular plant genus boasting around 3000 species. It has yellow flowers that develop into pods.
History: Elderberry has traditionally been used to support a healthy Immune system. Both the Elder flower and fruit have been used since antiquity. It has been referred to as a medicine chest within its self. The use of astragalus in Chinese medicine dates back thousands of years and typically is used for overall well-being, to help combat fatigue and build immunity
Fun Fact: In many countries the elder flowers are made into a cordial (Syrup) and added to club soda or tonic water for a delicious and nutritious beverage. The root of the astragalus plant assimilates nitrogen from the air and incorporates this nutrient back into the ground instead of depleting it from the soil.
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