It is appropriate that elderflowers bloom in summer as traditionally they have been used to help relieve the symptoms of hayfever; reducing excess catarrh & inflammation.

A tea can be made from the fresh or dried flowers & drunk freely throughout the day.

Use a handful of fresh flowers or 1-2 tsps of dried. Add boiling water, cover & steep for 10-15 mins. Strain and add honey to taste, if desired. Taken prophylatically early in the year, elderflowers can help to strengthen the upper respiratory tract before the pollen count rises.

Whilst the elder produces flowers during the summer to help relieve the symptoms of hayfever, it produces its berries in late summer to help us ward off cold & flu viruses during the winter ahead. The berries are high in vitamin C & have antiviral properties.

Elderberry syrup is a good way of preserving the berries (the recipe for hawthorn syrup can be adapted for elderberries).

Sambuccus nigra (Elder)

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