|Renowned for its beneficial effect on colds and flu. Elder flowers have
diuretic, laxative, sweat promoting (diaphoretic), and anti-inflammatory
properties that help relieve the discomforts of upper respiratory infections.
Additionally, this herb helps to reduce mucous production due to colds,
flu, and allergies.|
The elder tree is one of the most versatile plants in the herbal industry.
Various parts of this tree can be used to remedy different conditions and
ailments. The bark, berries, and leaves can be taken internally as a diuretic,
and external application of the leaves helps to heal wounds. The flowers,
collected in the spring, are more commonly consumed during colds, flu, and
times of congestion.
When our bodies are producing excessive amounts of mucous (eg. hayfever,
sinusitis, colds, etc.), elder flowers help to reduce uncomfortable upper
respiratory tract inflammation. This ability also permits preparations from
the flowers to soothe sore throats and coughs. Elder flowers are especially
successful against mucousal deafness.
The flowers' diaphoretic (sweat-promoting) properties stimulate the body's
immune system to combat invading microbes. In addition, elder flowers are
used traditionally for skin disturbances caused by metabolic imbalances
such as eczema, dermatitis, and other dermal diseases