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 skin.
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.
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,