Elder Flower Tea - Bulk Organic - 4 oz


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Native Americans used the flowers, berries, and bark of elderberry trees for fevers and joint pain for hundreds of years, but elderberry's real claim to fame is as a natural aid to help with flu symptoms. Try a cup of tea stepped with elder flowers today for your cold or flu!

Elder is a large deciduous shrub with corky, gray-brown bark with feathery leaves. Tiny, scented cream flowers are borne in summer, followed by black berries. Elder is a bitter, pungent, cooling herb. The flowers and fruits are used to lower fever, reduce inflammation, soothe irritation and have a diuretic and anti-mucus effect, while the leaves are insecticidal.

The flowers have diuretic, laxative, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties, while the fruits again have antioxidant properties.

Parts Used
Most commonly the flowers or berries. Dried fruits are less bitter than fresh. The stems and leaves are poisonous.

Typical Preparations
Teas, tinctures, encapsulations, syrups, wine, cordials, and even ketchup, often combined with propolis or echinacea.

None for flowers or berries.
When using berries it must be from the nigra species as others are known to be poisonous.

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