Elderflower

Elderflower illustrationSambucus nigra

Part used: Flower, bark, root, leaf

Energetics: Slightly sweet, slightly bitter, drying, cooling

Actions: Anti-inflammatory, antiviral, astringent, diaphoretic, diuretic, febrifuge, immune boosting

Indications: Bronchitis, sinusitis, rhinitis, tonsillitis, laryngitis, cold and flu with fever, mouth and throat inflammation, oedema, kidney stones, UTIs Skin, eczema, ulcers, boils and abscesses, skin inflammation

Elderflower, just like its berry counterpart, has potent immune stimulating and antiviral properties, and has long been revered for its uses for the cold and flu season. Elderflower is also anti-inflammatory, anti-catarrhal and expectorant, aiding in the expulsion of mucus from the lungs. It helps by reducing inflammation of sinus tissue and allows for the movement of congestion. While Elderberries are helpful for both before and during the cold and flu season, the flowers are best saved for those times when you come down with something and need a little help sweating it out. The diaphoretic herb helps increase core body temperature in a gentle way and open up pores. Furthermore Elderflowers can be used as a mild laxative for constipation [1,2,3]

Elderflower is used in our Lemon, Lime and Bitters Iced Tea