Elderberry & Elderflower As Medicine

Updated: Jan 31

The Elder tree, or Sambucus nigra, produces these small, seedy, deep purple berries that hold a renowned power. It’s common in cold and flu herbal mixes, especially with children, due to its antiviral, immune enhancing and anti-inflammatory properties. The berries themselves are usually made into a syrup as ingesting them raw can lead to digestive upset. There is some evidence that the berries can help relieve pain and the histamine response in sinus and allergy conditions. It’s a great folk remedy for illness prevention and to shorten the length of winter sickness. The Elder tree also produces a stunning umbrella of white flowers prior to the berries which are used traditionally for respiratory infections and sinus infections.

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