Sambucus Nigra, common elder
It's has been called “the medicine chest of the people.”
This historic herb is used internally for common chest complaints like the common cold and flu virus to sinusitis, fevers, constipation, rheumatic and arthritic complaints. When combined with other herbs it enhances the medicine for a more powerful effect.
Externally used for minor burns, sore eyes, irritated or inflamed skin, mouth ulcers, and minor injuries.
This medicinal herb has been used since Egyptian times using the flowers to improve complexion and heal burns. Romans used this historic herb too.
This herb is rich with much legend and history almost as much as the mandrake.
Folklore has it that Judas Iscariot was hung from the gallows made of elder and Jesus Christ was hung on the cross with the same wood…elder. So, it was never used to make baby cradles. A symbolic herb to have in a biblical herb garden that is used for meditation and prayer.
This herb has been used to ward off evil spirits when hung outside barns and stables. When planting elder in gardens like a cottage garden it was used to ward off witches.
Another belief was the elder tree would grow robustly when planted near a happy family. It must mean we’re happy because all of mine are growing more each year. As you can see in this photo, it’s over 15 feet tall.
Elderberries are great way to enhance your immune system by using them medicinally or in your cooking. See elderberry recipes.
There great for garden pests and a natural insect repellent too.
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