ELDERBERRY, ELDER

Parts Used:
Berries, inner bark, leaves, roots and flowers

Function:
Bioflavonoids and other extracts contribute to the antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties of elder. Elderberries also contain many vitamins including A and C.

Uses:
* 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.

Guidelines:
Elderberry tea and ointments should be used according to label instructions as required.

Interactions:
* Never ingest seeds of the raw elderberry, as they are toxic.

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