Elderberries (dried, organic)
Sambucus Nigra - European Elderberry
"The decoction of the root cureth the biting of an adder" - Nicholas Culpepper 1653
The ripe berries are rich in vitamins A and C. In the days before imported winter fruits, they were made into wines and syrups, taken to prevent winter colds.
Berries - Syrup - Make from the decoction and take as a prophylactic for winter colds or in combination with other expectorant herbs, such as thyme, for coughs.
Berries - Tincture - Use in combination with other herbs, such as bogbean or willow, for rheumatic conditions.
Caution - Do not take any parts of elder if the condition would be worsened by further drying or fluid depletion. Do not use the bark in pregnancy as it is very strongly purgative.
Above information source - The Herb Society's Complete Medical Herbal book - Penelope Ody MNIMH
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