Materia Medica: Elder
Plants that bring forth pollinators, grow in abundance, and provide food and medicine, are our favorite additions to a garden. One in particular comes to mind and that is Sambucus nigra, commonly known as Elderberry. This small (6-10ft) running tree is quite the eye catcher when it is in full bloom, with its bursts of white flowers and bunches of black berries that makes the branches hang heavy.
The flowers and berries are known to aid in easing the common cold and fevers and an oil infused with the leaves can be amazing in a salve for wounds and bruises. The medicine of this plant is extensive and abounding. We love Kiva Rose’s write up on this amazing herbal ally. We also can’t get enough of the delicious Elderberry Elixir she has on her blog.