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Elder Flower (Sambucus Nigra)

Elder flower is the flower of the Elder tree. An extract of the flower can be used to make medicine, tea and syrup.

 Elder flower is used for swollen sinuses, colds, flu, bronchitis, diabetes, and constipation. It is also used to as a diuretic, to increase sweating, and to stop bleeding.

 Elder flower is also used as a gargle and mouthwash for coughs, colds, laryngitis, and shortness of breath. It is used on the skin for joint pain and swelling.
 Some people put elder flower on the eyes for red eyes.

 In combination with gentian root, verbena, cowslip flower, and sorrel, elderflower is used for maintaining healthy sinuses and treating sinusitis.
 In foods and beverages, elderflower is used as a flavoring component.

Elder has reputation to offer protection against evil spirits. Elder twigs were believed to bestow good luck to a newly-wed couple if introduced at the wedding ceremony. A man and woman would marry within a year if they were to drink together from Ale that had been infused with Elder flowers. Elder wands, panpipes and flutes can be used to drive out evil spirits. Stand or sleep under an elder on Midsummer Eve to see the King of the Faeries and his retinue pass by. The flowers are used in wish-fulfillment spells. The leaves, flowers, and berries are strewn on a person, place or thing to bless it.  Flowers are used for altar offerings. Hung over doorways and windows, it keeps evil from the house. Carry Elder to preserve against the temptation to commit adultery
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