As we mentioned in last week’s herb spotlight, elderberries are a bit different than elderflower; although both of their benefits align similarly. Generally I prefer to use elder berries for syrups and thicker potions and the elder flower for teas and thinner extracts.
Scientific Name: Sambucus Nigra [aka:rob elder, ellhorn]
Magickal Stats: Elementally water, ruled by Venus
Improves Function of:
- Bronchial System
- Elimination System
Aides in Relieving Symptoms of:
- Cuts & Bruises
- Cough & Cold
- Hay Fever
Assists Spiritually with:
- Wands & Dowsing Rods
How Does It Work?
Mainly Elderflower is used to relieve inflammation in the sinuses which can help relieve flu, cold, bronchitis, diabetes and constipation. Elderflower can also be used to increase urine production or to increase sweating. For healthy sinuses and to treat sinusitis elder flower can be combined with verbena, cowslip flower, sorrel and gentian root.
What Do I Do With It?
To relieve cough, cold, hoarseness, shortness of breath or flu you can gargle water extract of elder flower. It can even be put in the eyes to relieve red eye. Elderflower is commonly used as a sweetening ingredient and is also in many perfumes for it’s delicious aroma. Induce a sweat by drinking a tea decoction and soaking in a warm bath. Sit under an elder tree and ask a question to inquire with the faeries and use sprigs or branches from these trees as offerings.