Elder (flower) Tea

Elderflower traditionally thought to help to relieve inflamed sinus and to help generally with cold and flu recovery. 

Certified organically grown in Tasmania, Australia.

Herb Info / Uses


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Botanical Name: Sambuccus nigra

Plant Family: Caprifoliaceae

Plant description: Native to Europe this small deciduous tree has dark green, oval serrated leaves and small creamy white flowers in umbels in late spring and early summer. It is spreading and grows to 10 meters. The flowers develop into bunches of dark purple berries by late autumn. It usually has many stems arising from the base.

Part used: The flower.

Harvest: Collect young flowers between late spring and early summer.

Active Constituents: Flavonoids (including rutin and quercetin), phenolic acids, triterpenes, essential oils, tannins, mucilage, pectin, sugars, potassium.

Energetics: bitter, pungent, cooling.

Actions: Diaphoretic, anticatarrhal, diuretic, laxative, local anti-inflammatory agent.

Uses:  HIstorically used in common cold, influenza, acute sinusitis, chronic nasal catarrh, catarrhal deafness, hay fever, asthma (with sinusitis).

Dosage: Infusion - pour one cup of boiling water onto two teaspoons of dried flower. Leave to infuse for five minutes. Drink up to one cup three times per day Liquid Extract (1:2) – 15— 40 ml/ week.

Cautions: None known.

 

Certified organically grown in Tasmania, Australia.