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Elder Flowers

 Botanical Name

Sambucus nigra

 Kosher Status

Certified Kosher and Parve by the Kashruth Council of Toronto

 Indications

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.

 Cautions

Avoid use during pregnancy

 Therapeutic Indications

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

 Origin

 Central Europe



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