Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Herb of the Week:: Elder Flowers?

Whole Foods does not carry Elder Flowers so you may have to do a little footwork. In Washington DC you can buy them from BLUE NILE on Georgia Avenue . Elder is a plant with strong therapeutic effects which can be used to treat and prevent a great number of diseases. Many legends formed around elder, one of them stating that Judas hung himself from an elder tree.

The flowers contain glycosides, tanins, mucilages, sapins, pectins, essential oil, vitamin C and mineral salts. In the fruits, alkaloids, carotene, tanins, organic acids and vitamins A, B and C can be found. The leaves contain vitamin C and the bark is rich in tanins, resines and valerenic acid. All these compounds give the plant diuretic, diaphoretic, sudorific, emolient, laxative, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.

Most Important

Elder Flowers strong antiviral medicine, from stimulating the healing of degenerative diseases, to preventing cancerous diseases, to controlling benign tumors.

How To

The infusion of elder flowers is prepared from a tablespoon of flowers added to 250 ml of boiling water. The bowl is kept covered for approximately 5 minutes. It is filtered, sweetened (optional) with honey or agave nectar and 3 cups per day are consumed after each main meal.

Use sparingly and Good luck. Be well.

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