Elderberry Part 2
Eating the Elderberries raw is not such a good idea; besides a laxative and diuretic effect, the seeds are slightly toxic and could cause vomiting and nausea, especially when consumed while still unripe. Cooking the berries gets rid of this toxin making them safe for consumption.
Keep also in mind that all the green parts of the shrubs are mildly toxic as well and can have catastrophic consequences when ingesting in high quantities. The poison will build up in the body.
Therefore, drinking tea which is made from the leaves is not recommended and neither is playing with whistles, slingshots, flutes, or handling other wooden products made out of Elderberry wood.
The flowers of the Elderberry could possibly cause an allergic reaction or give you some mild gastrointestinal problems, but they are safe to eat.
Should you use supplements or medications which contain Elderberry and experience breathing problems, tightness in your throat, tightness or pain in your chest, itchy or swollen skin, or develop hives or a rash, then stop taking it immediately and see your physician.
When you heed all these cautions, you may reap the benefits of the healing qualities which these berries have to offer, but don't experiment or take off on your own.
You can encounter unpleasant situations each day. Heed God's word and don't experiment or take off on your own, thinking you know best; you don't and the consequences can be severe!
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil. 8 It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones.