Elderberry is one of my very favorite herbs. The berries are good for everyone in the family. Berries in general tend to be very nutritious but elderberries are special. My favorite way to use the dried berries is in tea with Nettle and Echinacea. I'll usually put a tablespoon of elderberries in ANY herbal tea I make. They mix well with anything, give a nice flavor, and beautiful color to the herbal teas. I don't buy any of the fancy cough syrups for our children, I just make up tea with peppermint for them. They really like it and it's soothing when they aren't feeling well. A hot cup of tea is always comforting.
I really feel like elderberries should be a staple in every home. I'm not a "health care professional" so I have to be careful or the FDA may try to come get me... But our family seriously loves our Elderberry Tea. I encourage you to try it.
We usually get our elderberries from Mountain Rose Herbs. They also have already made tonics which are nice.