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Description

The elder tree is considered to be either an overgrown shrub or small tree. Valued for its blue-purple berries, flowers and its wood.

Elderberries have long been used as an ingredient in food and wine, and have a tart, tangy and bitter taste.

Medicinal Use

Valued for its blue-purple berries, flowers and its wood. The berries are high in Vitamin A, C, antioxidants and flavonoids. They also contain large amounts of calcium, iron, vitamin B6 and essential oils. Actions include: laxative, diuretic, anti-inflammatory. Common medicinal uses include: to treat arthritis, pain, chronic fatigue, hay fever, urinary tract infections and congestion of the upper respiratory system, and to shorten the duration of colds and flu – with a special affinity for children.

Spiritual/Magical Use

Elder leaves, flowers, and berries are used in wish-fulfillment rituals and to bring blessings and luck to a handfasted pair. Elder is an herb of blessing, consecration, and wish fulfillment. The flowers, leaves, or berries can be strewn on a person, place, or thing. Elder is a sacred wood used in funeral pyres. Sprigs of elder—a Goddess tree—are placed in the coffin. To bring the blessings of the Eldermother, a bath for the rite is prepared of elderflower water. Elder is burned in her honour as incense.

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10gms, 50gms, 100gms, 250gms

Important Note: Information on the traditional uses and properties of herbs are provided on this site is for educational use only, and is not intended as medical advice. If you have any serious health concerns, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.