Elderberry has been a traditional use for immune support and in the treatment of colds and cases of flu or other viral infections that affect the upper respiratory tract. Elderberry for immune support has been proven effective through the years.

Elderberries contain antioxidants, vitamins A and C – all of which are beneficial in supporting immune function. It is thought that the benefits of Elderberries in fighting respiratory viruses come from both the antioxidants it contains, as well as, its immune-modulating and antiviral properties.

Studies of Elderberry in use against viruses have shown that it is able to bond to the spikes on the outside of virus cells that they use to pierce and enter your cells.

This means that it cannot continue to replicate as it cannot enter your cells. The virus also has a harder time adhering to its target cells, which are often red blood cells.

All this combined helps neutralize the virus and reduce infectivity. 

Be careful when eating raw Elderberries that you don’t eat too many. They can cause adverse effects such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. Too much of a good thing can have unpleasant consequences. 

There are no adverse effects known to be associated with taking Elderberries. 

You can see all of this brought together in some of the products available at our shop, including:

They will be able to support you through whatever cold or flu you may have – and contain other beneficial herbs to help along with the Elderberries.

Katherine Knott

Katherine is a certified naturopath and the founding director of Acorn and Oak.   She began studying Naturopathy when she was 18 years old and has practiced in both Melbourne and rural Victoria.  She has also studied 2 1/2 years of nursing and midwifery, but decided that she was happier to work with women as […]

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Nicki Stewart

Nicki has always been drawn to Holistic Health and she follows in her mother’s footsteps who is a Reflexologist and Natural Therapist. Nicki was inspired to study Herbal Medicine after attending one of Dr. Sandi Rogers’ (Naturopath, Director of National College of Traditional Medicine and former President of Australian Traditional Medicine Society) seminars on ‘Fruits […]

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Alyce Beaton

Alyce is qualified naturopath in Ballarat who loves supporting people on their health journey. Alyce believes optimising and restoring health first and foremost begins with food as medicine and creating healthy lifestyle habits. She is passionate about providing a safe, non judgement environment and endeavours to support her clients with strategies they can implement into […]

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