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Sambucus nigra/canadensis

Elder grows abundantly here at Robinwood, however the type of elder that grows here is Red Elderberry, and is not the species of berries we use medicinally for colds and flu. The flowers of the red elder, however, are just as useful, and are a delight to go foraging for in the spring. The scent of elderflower is intoxicating and sweet, and adds a wonderful flavour to tea. A delicious ally for fighting sinusitis or hay fever, elderflower combines well with yarrow and mint as a tea blend.

Herbal actions: 

  • Expectorant
  • Mild diaphoretic
  • Mild laxative 
  • Diuretic
  • Alterative
  • Demulcent
  • Anti-rheumatic
  • Antispasmodic 
  • Anticatarrhal
  • Carminative
  • Emetic 
  • Anti-inflammatory

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