Standardized: European elder
Other: black elder
Sambucus nigra L.
Plant Family: Caprifoliaceae
European elder is a plant native
to Europe, Northern Africa, and Western-and Central Asia. Its flowers and
berries have a long history of use in traditional European medicine. Elder
berries have also been used for making preserves, wines, winter cordials, and
for adding flavor and color to other wines.
Potassium nitrate, sambucin,
sambunigrin, sugars. The complex sugars of the berries are the immune-active
Most commonly the flowers or
berries. Dried fruits are less bitter than fresh.
The branches and leaves are
poisonous. The small stem which is sometimes left on the berry is safe.
Teas, tinctures, encapsulations,
syrups, wine, cordials, and even ketchup, often combined with propolis or
*Michael McGuffin, ed., American
Herbal Products Association's Botanical Safety Handbook, (New York: CRC
educational purposes only This information has not been evaluated by the Food
and Drug Administration.
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you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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