• Use dried or cooked parts only.

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(Sambucus nigra)
Common names: Alhuren, Battree, Black Elder, Boor Tree, Bountry, Boure Tree, Eldrum, Ellanwood, Ellhorn, European Elder, German Elder, Lady Ellhorn, Old Gal, Old Lady, Pipe Tree, Rob Elder, Sambucus, Sureau, Tree of Doom.




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Parts Used: All parts of the plant. Methods Used: Water extraction.
Spiritual Uses: The Europeans in the Middle Ages considered it to be a holy tree because of its restorative qualities.

Physical Uses: Indigenous throughout the U.S. and Canada, the Elder has several varieties both here and in Europe. They are quite similar in qualities and usage.

The tree has the special reputation of improving the general health of the older generation.

Mix leaves, bark or flowers with equal amounts of Chamomile flowers (Anthemis nobilis / Chamaemelum nobile) and use in a hot poultice to relieve rheumatism and other inflammation, soreness, or stiffness in joints.

Elder tea has been traditionally used to treat infections, irritations, or inflammations of the eyes.

A gentle stimulant. Some Native Americans used root-bark tea to encourage and strengthen labor during childbirth as well as to treat headache and congestion.

The flower tea is said to promote sweating.

Elder is also believed to be even more effective when treating respiratory infections, pulmonary tuberculosis, and fevers if mixed with Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) and Mint (Menth piperita).

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