Elderflower, known for it’s flavouring of food and beverages, has been used for centuries in many different culture as a traditional medicine for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.
The mineral compounds found in the flowers including Vitamin C and flavonoids contribute to the nutritional value of beverages and tonics,
While the mucilage is the basis of elder’s soothing effect on the digestive tract.
Elder flowers contain Potassium Chloride, Potassium Sulfate, Calcium, Magnesium Phosphate and Sodium Sulfate. Potassium chloride is beneficial for endocrine balance, and Potassium Sulphate for the body’s resistance to infections, while Calcium and Magnesium Phosphate contribute to muscle tone and Sodium Sulphate aids fluid balance in the body. All these mineral components contribute to the broad tonic of elderflower infusions.
In Western Herbal Medicine elder flowers are traditionally used to treat colds and hay fever. The elder’s predominantly diaphoretic properties are best extracted as warm infusions, and are useful in any condition requiring fever management. The acetic acid found in the flowers helps to combat viruses and influenza.
Eclectic physicians recommend cold infusions of elder flowers as a depurative for skin infections and liver disorders.
Once a popular household remedy, elderflower water was used cosmetically to keep the complexion free of freckles, wrinkles and blemishes.
The mild astringent properties of Aqua Sambuci acts as a toning agent when applied externally to the skin, and is beneficial for scalds, wounds, soothing sunburn, as well as inflammations of the eyes.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, elder is used to dispel heat and wind dampness, to aid sinew and bone pain, as well as rheumatism.
From an Ayurvedic perspective, elder clears dampness and heat associated with excess pitta and kappa complaints of the respiratory tract.
Enjoy the nutritional and soothing benefits of sweet elder flowers in our aromatic Sambuco tisane.