Elder Flowers are the beautiful, delicate blooms that appear on the elderberry tree prior to the development of the gorgeous purple berries. Elderflower has been used in traditional medicine all over the world throughout history due to its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. The flowers have a long-standing reputation for all sorts of inflammatory situations involving the respiratory system.
Elderflower has documented antibacterial and antiviral properties, and may also assist in alleviating some allergies and boosting the functioning of the immune system.
Topically, Elderflower was believed to help reduce pain and swelling in joints and was used to help stop bleeding. An infusion of Elderflowers can be added to bath water for a wonderfully refreshing soak that soothes irritable nerves and calms itchy skin. Elderflower can also be used as a mouthwash and gargle.
Elderflower is rich in bioflavonoids, mostly flavones and flavonols. The most abundant flavonols in Elderflower are quercitin, isoquercitrin and anthocyanins, which have been studied for their anti-viral properties. Elderflower also contains chlorogenic acids, such as cinnamic acid, which play a role in soothing allergies. Triterpenoids, especially β-amyrin, erythrodiol, and oleanoic acid, are also found in Elderflower. These triterpenoids are being studied for their health-supporting benefits involving their analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects.
While Elderflower is generally believed to be beneficial for consumption, the leaves, twigs, and roots are toxic and should be carefully removed prior to any preparations for internal use.
Pregnancy/Lactation: Elderflower is considered appropriate to use in culinary and tea blend amounts during pregnancy and lactation, but we highly suggest speaking with your midwife or herbalist to ensure that it is correct for you before starting to use Elder Flowers.