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Elder Flowers

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  • Hand picked and sun dried in Yakama, Washington
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Elder Flowers (Whole, Wildharvest)

 

Also Known As - Sambucus nigra

Origin - Elbe, Washington - USA

Overview - With its flat masses of creamy white flowers, the elder, or elderberry tree is a common sight. Two species are commonly planted in North America, the native species, Sambucus canadensis, is shorter, while the larger European variety, Sambucus nigra, has been naturalized in North America. Berries are commonly used in jams, pies and wine. The history of the tree goes way back to Pliny and beyond. While the tree has represented death, bad luck and other dire consequences, it has also been assigned some sterling qualities and is beloved by many. It has been used medicinally since ancient Greece.

Medicinal Uses - Internally, when the bark is infused in water, it can be taken as a purgative. It has also been used as a diuretic, and has been used successfully with epilepsy. As a homeopathic tincture it has been proven effective for asthmatic children. Tea from Elder flowers was taken as a spring tonic. Vinegar was used to cure sore throat. A herbal tea from the dried berries is used to cure diarrhea, colic, nerve disorders and inflammation of the urinary tract and bladder. A thickened syrup is taken for coughs and colds. Externally, when the bark is made into an ointment, it proves to be very emollient and good for the skin. Elder Flower Water is used to remove freckles and sunburn, and was a common skin preparation in days gone by. It whitens and softens the skin. When the leaves were made into an ointment, it was applied to bruises, chilblains and sprains, along with other wounds of the skin.

Other Uses – The Romans used the berries to dye their hair black. The berries are also used frequently for jam and pies.

Parts Used - Bark, berries, flowers – Bark: The bark should be harvested in autumn from young trees. It should be dried in warm but not hot sun, and taken in at night. Flowers are used mostly to distill into Elder Flower Water, the flowers make a slightly astringent liquid that is frequently used for eye and skin lotions as well as for mixing medicines. The leaves are gathered in June and July, and are used both fresh and dried. Berries are used freshly cooked and dried.

Precautions - The fresh plant is poisonous. Berries should be cooked. The stems are very toxic as they contain cyanide. Improperly prepared berries can induce nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Women who are pregnant or nursing should exercise caution with elderberry remedies.

Preparation and Dosage - Teas, tinctures, encapsulations, syrups, wine, and cordials, often combined with propolis or echinacea. Most elder preparations are commercially made. Follow the directions on the package carefully for the best results.

  • An infusion of elder flowers is a well-known eye-wash in Europe.
  • An infusion made of elder flowers, peppermint or yarrow herb is much used in Europe taken hot as a night cap when colds threaten. The flowers are steeped in boiling water only a few seconds then strained off. The tea may be sweetened with honey or taken plain. A tea of the flowers alone was a favorite recipe for jangled nerves taken at night. A pinch of elder flowers added to ordinary tea gives the tea a delicious flavor. 

Disclaimer - The information presented herein by Mountain Maus’ Remedies is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

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  1. Amazing! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Jul 2017

    I am amazed as to how fresh these flowers are. When I opened the aroma is so beautiful. I have purchased from other shops in the past and this will be my go to shop for lavender, roses, elderflowers, hibiscus and calendula. These flowers are AMAZING!


  2. Great product !! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Jun 2017

    Couldn't be more thrilled, Very fresh well packaged !!


  3. Great quality 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 19th May 2015

    Great quality and price, and they go lovely in tea.


  4. I'm very satisfied 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Feb 2015

    The order arrived yesterday, and I just want to drop a quick line to say thanks. Shipping was fast, packaging is well done, and everything smells good and fresh. I'm very satisfied, and look forward to doing business with you again in the future.


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