Natural remedies made from Elder flowers (Sambacus Nigra).
Plant Family: Caprifoliaceae Elder-flowers (elder or elderberry) are growing in the northern hemisphere, from the end of May to July. They grow in most of Europe, northwest Africa, southwest Asia, and North America where at least 10 identified species were found.
The plants grow in a variety of conditions, including both wet and dry fertile soils, even though they primarily prefer sunny places.
The flowers or berries are used as home remedies.
The dried fruits are less bitter than the fresh fruits.
The branches and leaves are poisonous.
The small stems which are sometimes left on the berry are safe.
What are they good for?
Elder plant is known for its medicinal benefits and is used for its flavoring properties in making various foods and beverages. From the Elder plant, the flowers are used for its special smell and flavor.
Medicinal Benefits of Elderflowers
Elder-flower has been used in traditional medicine all over the world as a natural remedy due to its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.
The most common uses are for colds and flu, sinus infections, and other respiratory disturbances.
Elder-flower has diuretic and laxative properties, causing sweating and is helpful in relieving occasional constipation.
It also has antibacterial properties.
Elder-flower may also boost the functioning of the immune system, might help reduce pain and swelling in joints due to some forms of arthritis and reduce blood sugar levels, very similar to the way insulin works.
Elder-flowers Tea can be used as an oral rinse for their antiseptic properties as a mouthwash and gargle.
This tea is one of the most recommended weight loss teas, because eliminates toxins from the body, is diuretic and laxative in a small measure.
Besides the diuretic properties, it is also highly aromatic and pleasant to taste even unsweetened.
You can prepare one liter of tea in the morning for the whole day. To one liter of water you need 6 tablespoons of dried Elder-flowers.
Prepare this tea by infusion; pour the boiling water over the flowers and cover the cup for 10-15 minutes. It is ideal to drink the tea with slices of lemon.
The flowers of Sambucus Nigra are used to produce Elder-flower cordial, Elder-flower syrup, and Elder-flower juice.
Elder-flowers: 10-12 large flowers (you can add more if you like concentrated juice) 1 kg of sugar (2,2 pounds) -can be replaced with honey 2-3 large lemons 8 grams of yeast (1 tablespoon) – optional 8 liters of cold water, a jar of 10 liters.
Method of preparation
Wash the blossoms and put them on the bottom of the jar. Add sugar and lemon juice, plus cutter slices. Then fill the jar with the cold water, add the yeast (which helps fermentation), mix the composition, and cover the jar with a cheesecloth; let the mixture soak for 5 or 7 days in a warm, sunny spot (depending on how hot it is in storage location).
Once a day, mix the liquid in the jar. To make sure everything goes well, taste the mixture, thus you will know when it is ready. When will reach the desired acidity levels, strain the juice, put it in bottles and store in refrigerator. Drink the Elder-flower juice cold. A cure of Elder-flower Juice each day (1 liter per day), 2 weeks long, has remarkable effects in people with nervous exhaustion and asthenia.
Elder-flowers – 20 flowers 1.5 l water 4 lemons 1 kg sugar (2,2 pounds).
Method of preparation
Pick the flowers and wash them quickly through a water jet.
Shake well each flower in hand until the stem will remain empty. If the Elder-flower is well bloomed, the process will be easy and fast; if the Elder-flower is not well bloomed you have to rip the flowers by hand.
Put the flowers in a bowl and cover them with water. Peel the yellow part of lemon and add to the mixture. Be careful to remove all the white parts of lemon fruit, because the white part can give the syrup a bitter taste. Squeeze the lemons and pour the juice over elderflowers. Leave the mixture to soak in the refrigerator for four to five days.
After 5 days, strain the liquid. Add 1 kg (2,2 pounds) of sugar for each 1 liter of liquid. Put the mixture on the stove and let it boil until you get the consistency of syrup. Pour the syrup, hot, into bottles; seal the bottles tightly; if you want to keep the syrup for winter, boil the bottles in bain-marie (also known as a water bath or double boiler).
Drink the syrup with mineral water, lemon slices and ice cubes.