(Sambucus nigra)

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Common shrub of the hedges from 2 to 6 m of which one uses leaves, flowers and berries.

Elder tree is diuretic in case of urinary lithiasis, cystitis, gout. It is used against rheumatism, in case of flu, colds, fever. rheumatisms.
Also : Bronchitis, asthma, constipation.
In external use : Ocular baths, conjunctivitis, stye, chilblain, burns, skin disease.

As a purgative; press the fruits to extract the juice, take 20 to 30 g of juice every morning.

Infusion : 1 handful of flowers per liter of boiling water let infuse 10 minutes, drink at will in case of pulmonary catarrh, bronchitis, fevers, rheumatism, gout.

Decoction 50g of flowers for 1 liter of water, boil for 5 minutes and let infuse 5 minutes; in inhalation against the common cold, hoarseness, laryngitis; in lotion against conjunctivitis; in compresses against frostbite.

Syrup of elder tree flowers : 40 large umbels of flowers picked in dry and sunny weather, 3 kg of sugar, 2 liters of water, 90 g of citric acid (or 10 lemon juices). Let macerate umbels flowers during 12 hours in 2 liters of fresh water, heat while gradually adding sugar, add the citric acid, filter and preserve in stoppered bottles; Store in a cool place away from light.

In an attempt to stop the progression of a cold at the first symptoms, have a cup of hot concentrated infusion.

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Elder, Elderberry, Black Elder, European Elder, European Elderberry, European Black Elderberry, Common Elder, Elder Bush, Sambucus nigra