Botanical Name: Sambucus nigra
Common Names: European elder, black elder, elderberry, sambucus
Format: dried, whole berry
Magically, Elderberries are associated with contacting fairies and dryads, exorcism, protection, healing, and crone magic.
Medicinally, Elderberries are recognized as antiviral, antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-catarrhal, nutritive, increasing bronchial secretions, and immune support. It’s most widely used application is in syrups.
Elder is a perennial shrub that can be found growing along hedgerows, forest perimeters, and in gardens as an ornamental. The elder berry has an extensive history of use and folklore in traditional western practices. For centuries, elderberries have been used to make preserves, wines, cordials, herbal infusions, and elderberry syrup.
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.
Whole elder berries are typically prepared as teas, tinctures, syrups, wine, cordials, and even ketchup, often combined with propolis or echinacea.
Find out even more about Elderberries by visiting Magical and Medicinal Herbs: An Herbal Library.
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