Botanical Name: Sambucus nigra
Common Names: European elder, black elder, elderberry flower, sambucus flower
Format: dried flower
Magically, Elder Flowers are associated with contacting fairies and dryads, exorcism, protection, healing, and crone magic.
Medicinally, Elder Flowers are very similar to their berries and recognized as antiviral, antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-catarrhal, and immune support. They make a lovely tea with a flavor that is less robust or tart than their berry counterpart.
Elder is a flowering perennial shrub with a long history of use ranging from its healthful properties to using the hollowed stems, resembling a pipe, for blowing up a fire. Sambucus nigra flowers are a pure diaphoretic and are most commonly infused as elder flower tea or included in herbal infusion blends. Elder flowers have historically been infused into ales, cordials, vinegars, and water. Cosmetic recipes have also been known to include elderflower as an ingredient.
Elder is a plant native to most of Europe, North America, and southwest Asia. Its flowers and berries have a long history of use in traditional European medicine. Elder berries have also been used for making preserves, wines, winter cordials, and for adding flavor and color to other wines. Most commonly, the flowers or berries of elder are employed for their healthful benefits. The dried fruits are less bitter than the fresh. Although the branches and leaves are poisonous, the small stem which is sometimes left on the berry is safe. Elder is a member of the Caprifoliaceae family.
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