(Sambucus nigra) aka - Elder
Elderberry grows in Europe, West and Central Asia, and North Africa. For more than twenty-five hundred years, Black Elderberry has been used to treat influenza, coughs, and colds. Elderberry juice is said to trigger the body’s powers of resistance, aiding in the restoration and maintenance of good health. Practitioners of folk medicine have long valued Elderberry for its benefits as a diaphoretic, diuretic, hydragogue, laxative, purgative, and gargle. It has been used to treat colds, epilepsy, gout, headache, influenza, jaundice, palsy, rheumatism, scrofula, skin eruptions and syphilis.
Primary uses: Here are just a few of the maladies Elderberry may provide relief from:
• Skin eruptions
- Properties: Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Hydragogue, Laxative, Purgative Primary nutrients: Calcium, iron, phosphorus, Vitamins C, B1, B2, B6