Natural Living Monday ~ Helpful Elder

Have you heard of elder? Of the tasty flu fighting syrup made from its purple blue berries?

Of the fever healing properties from its lovely lacy cream colored flowers?

If you haven't you are in for a treat!

Ripe berries on Sambucus Ebulus (Dwarf Elder) ...

Elder Flower 'n' Berry

Sambucus nigra

The usefulness of elder as a source of medicine is amazing.  Every part of the plant has medicinal actions with the flowers and berries being the most gentle and useful.  Tea made from elder flower drunk hot helps to alleviate anxiety and restless at the onset of colds and flu while also helping the body to sweat and resolve the illness.  It is specific for flu and upper respiratory issues as elder flowers assist the body in healing and relaxes spasms (coughs) in the lungs as well as assisting in removal of mucus.  Studies have found elder berries to protect against the flu virus.  We use elder berry syrup every year as a preventative.  Elderberry also helps ease coughs and colds.  Drinking elder berry tea is another delicious way to experience the benefits of this amazing plant.

Some cautions with elder: the seeds can irritate the digestive tract in some people.  Only the blue elder berries (Sambucus nigra) should be used as the red ones are toxic.  Elderberries are generally considered to be quite safe though they can be drying and irritating for folks suffering from migraines.  The bark and roots are an emetic and therefore cause vomiting.   If you have a reaction, stop taking it immediately.

Find this and more information about other amazing herbs in my Materia Medica section.

More ~ 

Elder Berry Syrup

Elderberry Day ~ Herbs for Kids ~

Sources ~

Elder by Brigitte Mars

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