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Brand name: Elder Latin Name:Sambucus nigra                          Other names: Black Elder, Boor Tree, Bountry, Ellanwood, Ellhorn,                         European Alder                                                   A Remedy For                                                             Bronchitis                               Cough                                                   Elder is taken for symptomatic relief in all sorts of upper respiratory                       ailments. As an herbal compress, it is also used for swelling and                         inflammation; but its effectiveness for these problems remains unproven.                                                   What It Is; Why It Works                          The source of Elderberry wine (which is NOT medicinal), Elder is found                         throughout most of Europe. The plant is a tree or bush that reaches a                         height of over 20 feet, with strongly perfumed, yellowish-white flowers and                       black-violet berries that yield blood red juice. The bark, leaves, berries, and                       roots are all considered medicinal when harvested at the proper time.                                                 Elder soothes coughs and inflammation by increasing bronchial                                                 secretions. It also noticeably increases sweating.                                                   Avoid If...                          No known medical conditions preclude the use of Elder.                                                   Special Cautions                          At customary dosage levels, Elder poses no risks.                                                   Possible Drug Interactions                          No drug interactions have been reported.                                                 Special Information If You Are Pregnant or Breastfeeding                                                   No harmful effects are known.                                                   How to Prepare                          To make Elder tea, simmer 3 to 4 grams (about 2 teaspoonfuls) of Elder                         flowers in two-thirds of a cup of boiling water for 5 minutes, then strain.                                                   Typical Dosage                          Drink 1 or 2 cups of the tea, as hot as you can stand, several times a                         day--especially in the afternoon and evening. Your total daily dose should                         fall in the range of 10 to 15 grams.                                                   Overdosage                          No information on overdosage is available.