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.
Storage: Due to the Beeyoutiful's Herbs and Bulk Foods being organic or wildcrafted, there is a slight chance that there could be some naturally occurring bugs. Beeyoutiful takes precautions on our end to minimize the chances, but we do suggest that you store them in a cold area - possibly the freezer - in an air tight container
I bought these a long while ago and am nearing the end of the batch. A little of these guys go a long way and they are very effective. I add them to the immunitea blend that's sold here, along with extra dried elderberries. The elderflowers mixed with the tea shorten the length of most colds by several days. They smell delicious, and as long as you aren't eating them (I strain my blend with a French press) the immune benefits are worth noting. The biggest thing is the price and quality. I've gone to local apothecaries and they often over charge for a product that doesn't smell nearly as potent and doesn't add the extra berry flavor that this particular kind does. Will order more from here when I need them.
I'm planning on making the Elderberry tincture, with 1/3 dried elderberries, 2/3 vodka per quart jar. Question, can I also add the dried elder flowers to the concoction? If so how much per quart jar? Thank you for your time.
Question by: Cheryl Ellevold on Mar 6, 2018 3:06:00 PM
It is really up to you depending on how strong you would like the tincture to be. As long as the Elderflowers are completely covered by the vodka it is ratios that will work. Some people choose to use a higher ratio of vodka. I would personally use 1/3 dried elderberries, 1/3 dried elderflowers and pour vodka into the jar up to the top. Hope this helps! Enjoy your tincture.
Answer by: Stephanie Tallent (Admin) on Mar 11, 2018 10:15:00 PM