Other Names: European elder, Black elder
Description: A shrub to small tree with
masses of cream-colored
umbrella-shaped flowers and
bright blue, edible berries.
Part Used: Flowers
Action: Diaphoretic, Antimicrobial
Category: Specific, Cleanser
Systems: Respiratory, Urinary, Blood
Taste: Acrid, Bitter
Primary Uses: Colds, Fever, Flu, Side
Effects from Inoculations
Caution: None noted
Preparation: Infusion; Tincture; Capsules
Dose: 1 cup 2-3 x daily; 1 teaspoon
tincture in a little water 3 x
daily; 1-2 capsules 2-3 x daily
Products: Tincture, Lotion, Capsule,
Homeopathic tablet, Extract,
Health Benefits: Extracts from the bright blue elderberries are popular in
formulas to prevent and treat the common cold and influenza.
They are also considered beneficial for chronic rheumatism,
neuralgia, and sciatica.
Elder flowers are classically used for colds, flu, and fevers, as
they contain strong diaphoretic and cooling activity. They are
commonly used in Europe as a diuretic and laxative as well
as for weight loss. Elder flowers are one of the ingredients in
a popular flu remedy combined with peppermint leaves and
yarrow flowers. Elder is often included in formulas for hay
fever and sinusitis. The herb is an effective detoxifier and
helps clear infections such as acne, boils, and skin rashes.
They are employed in lotions as a general astringent for the