The Elder bush (Sambucus nigra), is an amazing herb that up until recently was a mostly unsung hero. Last year, with press about the Swine Flu, Elderberries became almost as well known as Echinacea.
It has been used for centuries by herbalists and medicine women/men to cure everything, including the plague.
Recent lab studies have given scientific evidence that Elderberries have antiviral properties. The research showed that components of the berry bind to the flu virus and even the H1N1 (swine flu) virus, preventing it from infecting the host cells.
Read more here: http://sgra.org/dispatch/the-joys-of-elderberry