Elder Fact Sheet

(Sambucus nigra)


The elder has diuretic and anti-mucus actions. It contains B-complex vitamins, calcium, carbohydrates, fat, potassium, protein, rutin, tannic acid, tyrosin, vitamins A and C.

The potent parts of the plant are the berries, flowers, inner bark, leaves and roots. This herb cleanses the system and encourages immune functioning, is anti-inflammatory, stimulates circulation and can raise body temperature.

How It May Benefit You...

  • sweating stimulates the immune system

  • laxative effects

  • diuretic

  • eases constipation

  • fights inflammations

  • lowers fever

  • aids colds and flu

  • is an antioxidant

  • dry cough


Do not consume the stems as they can be very toxic to the system.

WARNING:    Herbs should only be used under the supervision of an experienced herbalist or naturopath experienced in herbs.



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