Where did you read that raw elderberries are toxic???? I have never heard that, and I have been studying herbalism for the past five years. I have eaten them raw, although I do most often prepare them cooked, in immune syrups or jams, to preserve them.www.herbsandapples.com
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Safe during pg. I consider elderberries a FOOD, not necessarily a medicine. A case where your food can also be your "medicine". When used in tonic food amounts, it's totally safe, and really effective!