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Elder Flower - Dry Herb

Elder Flower - Dry Herb Image

Sambucus nigra
Elder or Elderberry Flowers only. No leaf, berry or stem.

Alternate Names: Tree Of Music, Tree Of Medicine, Sambu, Danewort, Pipe Tree
Parts Used: Leaves, flowers.
Properties: Alterative, Antispasmodic, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Expectorant, Laxative, Stimulant.
Internal Uses: Acne, Catarrh, Chills, Colds, Fever, Flu, Gout, Headache, Measles, Obesity, Respiratory Infection, Rheumatism
Internal Applications: Tea, Tincture, Capsules.
Topical Uses: Eye Inflammation, Inflammation, Sore Throat
Topical Applications: Flowers make an anti-inflammatory wash, salve or eyewash, and gargle for sorethroat.
Also used in cosmetic preparations such as skin wash, toner, lotion and hair rinse.
Culinary uses: Flowers can be battered or fried plain, added to muffins, pancakes and vinegars.
Flowers are often made into a non-alcoholic champagne.
Chemical Constituents: Essential oils, flavonoids, tannins, viburnic acid.
Contraindications: Avoid in cases of fluid depletion, as Elder activates the release of fluids.