ELDER (Sambucus nigra)
May 10, 2012
These lovely, fragrant flowers make one of my favorite teas. Tasty and aromatic, elder is both soothing to the spirit and is also a very effective diaphoretic (stimulates sweating) which makes it a top choice for fighting off colds (often blended with peppermint & hyssop) But the more flowers you pick now, means fewer berries in the fall, and how would we make it through winter without elder berry syrup! This tree is a veritable medicine chest...bark, leaves, flowers, berries all have medicinal and energetic uses.