The elder is well-known all over Europe as a plant that has curative advantages and there have been numerous myths and legends about what it can do and the healing properties that it has.
It is from a group of shrubs that has more than 30 individual species. The most known species is the black elder. It grows near houses and fences or at the border of wooded areas. The flowers that appear at the beginning of the summer are white and are perfumed, while the leaves, if you rub them in your palms, will leave one with a bad smell on the hands.
The elder fruits are the shape of small black berries, which are produced in a cluster. The elder seen as an early remedy was used from the most ancient times in traditional medicine. In modern science research from over 15 years ago have proved the amazing properties of the elder.
For medicinal purposes one uses from the elder the flowers, the fruits and the crust, which are rich in volatile oil, tannin, vitamin C and vitamins from the B complex. The leaves have a laxative action and in their raw form they are used to be applied on wounds, being very good healers. Many creams that have elder crust at their base are recommended when you have nausea, to eliminate the intestinal parasites, and many other diseases. The crust that is macerated in alcohol can be drunk and it helps to the body’s detoxification.
The flowers of this plant are used a lot in natural medicines, as a remedy for many diseases. The substances these flowers contain are very beneficial for the body and your health and they treat allergies, respiratory problems, sinusitis and coughs. The flowers from which one usually makes drinks work as a good healing agent for your throat.
They have gained a very important reputation in the medical field and they have beneficial effects especially in situations when one has a big fever. To emphasize the diuretic effects, the elder flowers are mixed with rose hips, birch tree crust or horse tail.
A cold elder infusion can be used to treat inflamed or infected eyes. The extract of elder flowers is used for a better functioning of the kidneys, contributing at the elimination of the sand and at the dissolving of the renal problems.
In comparison to other natural treatments, the elder does not determine the decrease of the cholesterol level, and it impedes its oxidation in your body.
Elder flowers help cleanse the blood from toxins; consumed in the shape of tincture are indicated for muscle pains. The hot elder baths are recommended for rheumatism. The ear pains can as well be treated with applying some elder flowers tincture.