The use of herbal remedies, including the herb elder, also known as the common elder, classified as Sambucus Nigra are popular as an alternative to Western to allopathic medicine for a variety of problems which includes herpes simplex, fever blister, rheumatic problems as well as being used to soothe the respiratory tract.
Elder is a plant with strong therapeutic effects which can be used to treat and prevent many diseases. Elder is a tree that is four to five meters tall with its branches and stems covered in greenish-ashen bark having white herbage in its interior. The leaves have cogged margins and the flowers are white with a pleasant odor. The fruit is black, shiny, and small with three longish seeds inside. The plant can be found in the mountainous area and sometimes in valley ravine that the sun doesn’t shine directly onto the tree. The flowers are usually harvested when two-thirds of the tree has blossomed and the fruit is usually harvested in autumn when the fruit is black. A person can use the bark, flowers, and fruit for many reasons.
Elder is a strong antiviral medicine used for stimulating healing of the degenerative disease, preventing cancerous diseases, and controlling benign tumors. For this, a thirty-day diet is recommended with tincture from the Elder fruit and helps to activate the immune system in the human body.
Elder also helps to prevent intestine worms in the human body while the flowers, fruit, and the juice obtained from the fruit can calm neuralgia. It is also helpful in these diseases and they are rheumatism, diseases of the respiratory system, or sciatica. The bark of the Elder tree is recommended for nephritis and edemas. The tea of the Elder tree helps to detoxify the human body which helps to prevent the common cold, cases of flu, and bronchitis.
Elder can also be used as a natural remedy to prevent obesity because of its laxative properties and its properties for eliminating water from the human body tissues. It eliminating the harmful toxins from the body through the urine and through perspiration, it increases the secretory activity of the sudorific gland and it intervenes directly through dropsy.
The Elderflower tea is obtained by boiling fifty grams of flowers in water for three minutes and the elder fruit juice is prepared with twenty grams of fruit mixed with a tablespoon of honey to be taken in the morning on an empty stomach as a laxative.
The Elder tree can be used to prevent or reduce the symptoms of herpes simplex, fever blister, rheumatic problems, reduce fever, boost the immune system, inflammation, soothe the respiratory tract, ear infection, stimulate circulation, healing, and constipation.
Elder is a bitter, pungent, cooling herb. The fruit and the flower are used to reduce fevers, reduce inflammation, soothe irritation, and have a diuretic and anti-mucus effect, while the leaves are insecticidal.
The flowers have diuretic, laxative, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral properties while the fruit itself has antioxidant properties.