elderberry

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elderberry

Herbal medicine
A flowering shrub, the flowers and berries of which contain cyanogenic glycosides, essential fatty (linoleic, linolenic and palmitic) acids, flavonoids, mucilage, pectins, resin, tannic acid and vitamin C. It is antipyretic, diaphoretic, expectorant, laxative and a mild stimulant; it has been used as an infusion for colds and respiratory tract infections, and topically for skin irritation and conjunctivitis.

elderberry

(el′dĕr-ber″ē)
A flowering shrub (Sambucus nigra) that produces dark blue or black berries that contain antioxidants. Studies suggest an extract derived from the berries may treat symptoms of influenza or help patients in weight loss.
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In the 18th Century, every lady possessed a bottle of elder flower water made into a lotion with glycerine and used it to keep her complexion clear and her hands soft and white.
Elder flowers can also be taken in a half-and-half mixture with either yarrow or peppermint, both of which are mild-tasting and have the same diaphoretic effect.
* A warm tea of catnip, chamomile, elder flowers and peppermint is a gentle remedy to help bring some fever relief.