Elderflowers increase elimination via the skin which helps to balance the circulation.
Elderflower tincture is an essential element of a classic herbal mix often used with peppermint and echinacea for colds, flu and mild fevers. Elderflower is combined with Echinacea to treat ear infections.
Elderflower tincture can be used to bring relief from catarrh, congestion and allergies. It is commonly taken during the hayfever season along with Nettle tincture to reduce allergic reaction.
In homoeopathic materia medica Sambucus Nigra is remedy for congestion of the upper respiratory passages, the sinus, eustachian tubes and nose. It is indicated for snuffly colds with a blocked and maybe swollen sensation that interferes with breathing on lying down to sleep resulting in a smothering sensation and sudden starting up to get a good breath.
Elderflowers are diaphoretic which means that they promote perspiration, thus they are used to regulate temperature by inducing a fine sweat to dissipate the buildup of heat. They are delicious used also in lemonades, wines and elderflower champagne. A few drops of the tincture in water also makes a nice cool drink.
Botanical name: Sambucus nigra
Common Names: Elderflower
Tincture Strength: 1:3:25% vol.alc.
Dose: 3 – 5 ml in water 3 x daily
Parts used: Fresh flowers
Habitat: It is native to Europe
History: Used as a traditional remedy for colds, flu and respiratory congestion and inflammations since at least Roman times. Native Americans used it for respiratory and skin conditions. The flowers have long been used in making cooling drinks and cordials and in olden days it was commonly known as the medicine chest of the country people. In the early 20th Century elderflower water was a popular skin tonic for clearing the complexion.
Science: Rutin & Quercetin are antioxidant flavonoids that are thought to be mainly responsible for its therapeutic properties. Quercetin opposes histamine. Elderflowers are also rich in anthocyanines.