Elder has been considered as ‘the medicine chest’ for country folk because of its many varied uses.
The Elder flower which is sold here has been used to treat wounds and burst sustained in battle during war times.
Elderflower has been used all over the world in many different cultures due to its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. The most common uses are for colds and flu, sinus infections, and other respiratory disturbances. It has a great antimicrobial and anti catarrhal action.
In combination with some other herbs Elder has also been used to help alleviate colds, flu and hay fever. The cold infusion has also been used as an eye wash for conjunctivitis.
Research in Ireland showed that elderflower extract was effective in killing many common hospital pathogens, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
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