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The Elder is a pretty, deciduous tree that naturally transforms with every season. Its lush, green leaves unfurl in early spring, an abundance of large, scented white Elder flowers blossom in summer and glossy black Elderberry ripens every autumn. The Elder tree will happily grow in any garden or flower pot and it is wonderful for wildlife, especially the honey bees and garden birds.
Most famously, Elder has been treasured for its medicinal uses for thousands of years. It is believed to be a curative for more than 70 diseases, ranging from the plague to toothache! and Cold & Flu In medieval England it was said that summer had not arrived until the Elder was in full bloom and that it ended when the Elderberries were ripe.
Elderberry is one of the most commonly used medicinal plants in the world.
Traditionally, Native Americans used it to treat infections, while the ancient Egyptians used it to improve their complexions and heal burns. It’s still gathered and used in folk medicine across many parts of Europe.
Today, elderberry is most often taken as a supplement to treat cold & flu symptoms
A tablespoon of elderberry syrup will help prevent or fight off a cold or the flu. However, it's delicious served on waffles, ice cream,and pancakes
Aso as a taste treat in Syrups, Jam, Jellies and Pies
The Elder flower and Elderberry are the only edible part of the plant. They are mildly toxic and have an unpleasant taste when raw. Cooking destroys the toxic chemicals. Elderflowers are ready around late May to mid-June Elder flower is also used as a gargle and mouthwash for coughs,cold & flu, hoarseness, laryngitis, and shortness of breath. It is used on the skin for joint pain, rheumatism, pain, swelling and inflammation.
Elder flower syrup ― also known as elderflower cordial ― is another ingredient that's commonly used to add flavor to cocktails and desserts. It's a simple syrup of water and sugar that's infused with the Elder flower.
used in drinks, and baking
In ancient mythology, the Elder tree is highly sacred with a spirit known as the Elder Mother, or ‘Hylde Moer’ in Danish, living inside the tree. This spirit guards every Elder tree and has the ability to protect and to harm. Legend has it that magical powers from the Elder Mother are gifted by her to parts of the tree and she transforms the tree’s natural gifts - Elder flowers, Elderberries and wood - into wonderful blessings! The leaves of the Elder tree protect a home or a person when dried and hung in a doorway or around the neck. It is a particularly good omen if an Elder grows near a dwelling, as the tree’s proximity to the home protects its inhabitants. In many ancient legends the Elder tree is magical and symbolises good health and prosperity.