Berries, inner bark, leaves, roots and flowers
Bioflavonoids and other extracts contribute to the antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties of elder. Elderberries also contain many vitamins including A and C.
* Traditionally elder was used for food, to fight colds and infection and to soothe the respiratory tract. It was also used to relieve pain and reduce recovery time of injuries.
* More recently elder has also been used for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and cleansing properties. As well as for constipation, fevers and to improve circulation. Elderberry can be used externally for eczema, minor burns and rashes.
Elderberry tea and ointments should be used according to label instructions as required.
* Never ingest seeds of the raw elderberry, as they are toxic.