Elderberry

Elderberry

( Sambucus Nigra)


Also known as Common elder, Pipe tree, Bore tree, Eldrum, Ellhorn

 

Description

Found in wild hedgerows and waste groung. A large shrub. Masses of flat topped tiny white flowers appear late spring followed by the large bunches of small black/purplish berries in autumn.

 


Properties and uses

Traditionally used to soothe sore throats, coughs and bronchial infections. The anti-viral properties are said to relieve the symptoms of flu. The berries have diuretic and also laxative properties.

 

History

The world Elder comes from the anglo-saxon word 'aeld'. Aeld meant fire and the hollow stems were used to blow up a fire. The Romans used elderberries as a hair dye. It used to be used to relieve rheumatism as well as most of the uses of today. The popular 'pop-gun' played with by small boys was often made using elder stems.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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