• Used to combat colds and the flu.
• Used as an ingredient in skin salves and ointments for its calming effect. It also has skin-refining properties.
• Can be used to remove toxins from your body and blood as it can cause profuse sweating. This can also serve to reduce fevers.
• Can make your coughs more productive and help to clear lungs.
• Boosts your immune system.
Another use of elder flowers is as a facial compress for dry or sensitive skin. Soak a piece of muslin in hot elder flower tea, squeeze out the liquid, and apply to face for a minute to help open up the pores and calm and relax the face. Use a cold compress to close the pores and cleanse and soothe the skin.
If you have dry skin, elderflower can also soothe it and bring relief. You’ll have more moisture and less irritation when you apply a cream containing the herb directly to your skin.
Directions: To make a tea, pour one cup of boiling water over one teaspoon of elder flowers and let steep for five minutes. To make a stronger tea for use as a compress, use 2 teaspoons of elder flowers and steep for 10 minutes.
Excessive use may cause nausea and vomiting in some individuals.
Orrs’ Trading Company does not intend to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure through the sale of this herb. Use at your own risk.