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Elderberry Side Effects, Interactions and Warnings

  • Do not eat the berry unless it is cooked.

  • Do not consume the stems of the plant. The stems contain cyanide and can be very toxic.

  • The seeds are toxic and may induce vomiting and nausea.

  • Do not use leaf buds.

  • The fresh plant is poisonous.

  • Store-bought elderberry preparations (teas, salves) are safe.

last update: February 2014

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