black elder (Sambucus nigra)

« The medicine chest for the common people »

Common name(s): black elder, elder, European elder, boretree, pip tree, devil's wood


Family: Adoxaceae


Origin: northern Europe


Parts used: leaves, flowers, fruits


Constituents: flavonoids, acids, tannin, anthrocyanic pigments, volatile oil, triterpenes, sterols, mucilage, minerals, vitamin A, P, C, iron, sambucin, anthocyanocides, fixed oils (linoleic, linolenic), cyanogenic glycosides


Therapeutic actions: diaphoretic, diuretic, antiviral, laxative, anticarrhal, pectoral, emollient, vulnerary, purgative, expectorant


Organs or systems affected: immune system, musculoskeletal system, respiratory system, central nervous system, skin


Main medicinal uses:

  • boosts the immune system
  • supports the respiratory system
  • aids digestion
  • promotes skin and hair health
  • helps treat urinary tract infections
  • improves brain health

Counterindications: Generally regarded as safe

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