Elderflower Herbal Tea
Brew using boiling water and leave to infuse for 5 to 10 minutes
There is nothing quite like relaxing in your garden with a glass of elderflower cordial on a warm summer’s day. Yet, why not take that exquisite feeling and enjoy it year-round?
Elderflower Herbal Tea will evoke these wonderful memories, even in the biting cold of winter. It is a herbal tea to embrace; to savour through all the four seasons. Whatever the event may be, Elderflower Herbal Tea will almost always be a perfect choice. This beverage is likewise as nourishing as it is tasty. When consumed on a frequent basis, and providing a healthy and active lifestyle is maintained, Elderflower Tea can improve cardiovascular health, ward off colds and flu, and even reduce the risks of Type II Diabetes. This particular brew comes from the Sambucus nigra variant of the Adoxaceae family. It consists of a delightfully sweet-floral infusion, and is certainly a real treat to the taste buds!
Many different varieties of the Elderflower / Elderberry / Elder tree grow in great abundance across much of central Europe and North America. It is notably common in many southern regions of England, including the vast and beautiful landscapes and dainty hedgerows that surround the Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company’s Pluckley based factory.
Aside from the Sambucus nigra variant, there are many other types of this elderflower shrubs, including Sambucus mexicana (Mexican Elder), Sambucus racemosa (European Red Elder), Sambucus australasica (Yellow Elder), and Sambucus adnata (Asian Dwarf Elder). It should be warned, however, that many components of any elderflower variety can be highly toxic, including the leaves, sticks, and roots, and when ingested could lead to a build-up of cyanide levels in the body.
Please be advised that if you are uncertain of what elements of the Elderflower Tree can be consumed, then be sure to consult a specialist. Alternatively, we can provide you with this delicious and completely, 100% safe herbal tisane so you do not need to worry. Instead, just sit back, relax, and enjoy the mesmerising aromas and succulent flavours of Elderflower Herbal Tea.
For well over a thousand years, the elder tree has been revered for its ‘mystical’ origins. It has been largely associated with the Scandinavian goddess and guardian, Hyde Moer - also known as the ‘Elder Mother’. Many centuries ago, it was believed that the elder tree was a sacred being unto itself. The bountiful ‘gifts’ presented on the elderflower trees were often regarded as the Elder Mother’s blessings, while others saw the scrubs as the Goddess herself.
During this period, many believed that these trees could not be struck by lightning, and so elders were often planted around houses and farmsteads for their protective powers. It was considered a great misdeed to cut elders down, or even burn their wood, which could lead to the Elder Mother’s vengeance against the offender by hunting them down and punishing them with bad luck. Thankfully, this does not apply to Elderflower Herbal Tea, which can be enjoyed without the fear of angering Norse goddesses!
Type of Tea: Herbal Tea.
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water and infuse for 5 to 10 minutes.
How to Serve: Consider adding lemon for a bitter-sweet balance, or even peppermint for extra flavour! However, this brew is best served as it is.
Tasting Notes: An unmistakably ‘elderflower’ aroma wafts from your cup as you indulge on sweet, floral flavours with earthy undertones. Refreshing to the last, this beverage is as equally scrumptious as any elderflower cordial.
Colour in Cup: Golden liquor, light in tone.
Health Benefits of Elderflower Tea: For almost as long as Elderflower Tea has been in existence, this beverage has been used to combat the symptoms associated with colds and flu. In 2009, the “Online Journal of Pharmacology and PharmacoKinetics” published a study on this herbal tisanes effectiveness with flu, in particular. Test subjects suffering from three or more flu symptoms were given four 175 milligram doses of elderflower extract on a daily basis, while others were given a placebo.
After just two days, 60% of elderflower participants had significantly reduced symptoms of flu, while 28% were no longer experiencing symptoms at all. The results from the placebo group indicated little difference in comparison. However, this is just the beginning of Elderflower Herbal Tea’s true capabilities.
This beverage is also known to have antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and diuretic properties. It also contains high levels of Vitamin C, as well as powerful antioxidant flavonoids called quercetin. The antioxidant strength of this brew, in particular, can protect the body from oxidative stress. This, in turn, can lead to lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and an improved immune system.
Health PointsDetox, Hydration, Immune System, Refreshing, Relaxing
Caffeine LevelDecaff (none)
Time of DayBreakfast, Lunchtime, Afternoon, Evening
CountryMore Than One Origin