Brand name: Elder Latin Name:Sambucus nigra
Other names: Black Elder, Boor Tree,
Bountry, Ellanwood, Ellhorn,
A Remedy For
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
No known medical conditions preclude
the use of Elder.
At customary dosage levels, Elder
poses no risks.
Possible Drug Interactions
No drug interactions have been
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.
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.
No information on overdosage is