Elder (flowers) / Sambucus Nigra (2)

Other names:
Elderberry, Black Elder, Common Elder
This plant is traditionally used as a medicinal plant by many native peoples and herbalists alike. Stembark, leaves, flowers, fruits, root extracts are used to treat bronchitis, cough, upper respiratory cold infections, fever.

Elderberry flowers are sold in Ukrainian and Russian drugstores for relief of congestion, specifically as an expectorant to relieve dry cough and make it productive. The dried flowers are simmered for 15 minutes, the resulting flavorful and aromatic tea is poured through a coffee filter. Some individuals find it better hot, others cold, and some may experience an allergic reaction.

The flowers can be used to make an herbal tea as a remedy for inflammation caused by colds and fever.

Added by Abbie Thoms on Thu 12 Jul 2012 on 6:47 pm GMT

Updated by Abbie Thoms on Thu 12 Jul 2012 at 6:48 pm GMT