Botanical Name: Sambucus nigra
Common Names: Black-berried European Elder, Boor Tree, European Elder, German Elder
Use: (a) Expectorant, (b) Relaxing diaphoretic, (c) Diuretic, (d) Alterative, (e) Soothing nervine, (f) Mild laxative.
Elder has a long traditional use in early stages of coughs, colds and flu. It is traditionally used for chronic sinusitis, spasmodic croup, night sweats and skin eruptions from metabolic disturbance. The berry juice is used as a remedy for rheumatism, neuralgia, colds and flu. The flowers are suitable for children as a diaphoretic.