Herb of the Week – Elderberry and Elderflower

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Botanical name sambucus nigra, this herb is most commonly used in treating cold and flu, sinus pain, acute viral infections and other respiratory problems such as hay fever, sinusitis, bronchitis, laryngitis, asthma, ear infections and headache associated with sinus conditions.

Elder helps these conditions by helping to reduce inflammation, fighting viral and bacterial attack and by acting as an expectorant to reduce and remove phlegm and sinus pain and pressure.  It is also a powerful agent against fever and can reduce the length and severity of colds and flu.

Gratitude Day 11 – I’m grateful today for sunshine and  a thriving vegetable patch  – currently eating potatoes, celery, spinach, daikon, beans, herbs, sorrell, jerusalem artichokes……yum

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