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Elderberry is one of the most effective herbs for clearing respiratory infections and strengthening the immune system. It has potent antiviral properties and reduces allergies. Sambucus soothes sore throats, reduces congestion and acts as an astringent by drying secretions, swelling and relieving symptoms of skin inflammation, sinusitis and ear infections. It is a diaphoretic, expectorant, alterative and mild laxative. European folklore bestows supernatural powers upon elder to provide protection and long life to those who ingest it as medicine. Elderberry attracts and supports butterfly and bird species.
Elder, black elder, red elder, bourtree
ACTIVE MEDICINAL COMPOUNDS:
Anthocyanins, rutin, quercetin, antioxidants, vitamin C, flavonoids, tannins, sterols, glycosides
ORIGIN / HABITAT:
Native to Europe, eastern and central North America. Grows in temperate to subtropical regions of the Northern Hemisphere, Australasia and South America.
Flowers, leaves, berries, bark, root
TENDENCIES / TASTE:
Cooling, drying, sweet, pungent
Deciduous large shrub or small tree growing from 8 to 15 feet.
Medicinal, culinary, wines, cordials, fabric dye, instrument (hollowed branches are made into flutes and whistles in Eastern Europe)
Black elder is safe. Red elder (S. racemosa) is toxic. The seeds are irritating to the gastrointestinal system.
Dimensions: 18” x 24”
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