Elderberry

Sambucus spp.

Folk names: Witchwood, Tree of Doom, Sambucus

Warning: Wildcrafting

Elderberry can be dangerous without proper preparation. Typical instructions say to boil any part other than the flower of the plant for at least 30 minutes. Fresh berries are safe in small amounts. 

Elderberry in Action

The Bat & Raven offers these products that utilize the properties of Dandelion.

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Planet: Venus
Element: Water
Gender: Feminine
Divine to:​ 

  • The Crone (Wiccan, Neo-Paganism, Triple Moon Goddess)

  • Holda (Germanic)

  • Venus (Greek)

  • Celtic Zodiac Tree (November 25-December 22)

Traditional Chinese Medicine: Jie gu mu

Parts Used:​

  • Flower

  • berry (see warning)

Taste: Slightly Sweet

Energy:

  • Cooling

  • Pungent

Applications:

  • Decoction

  • Spells

  • Syrup

  • Teas

  • Tincture

  • Wine

​Magical Uses

  • Blessings

  • Cleansing

  • Healing

  • Defense against evil, negative energies

  • Exorcism

  • Fairy Magic

  • Hex-breaking

  • House Blessing

  • Otherworld

  • Prosperity

  • Protection

  • Representation of the veil between realms

  • Safe Travel

  • Sleep

  • Warding Evil

  • Wisdom

Medicinal Uses

(This information has been collected from Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine as well as The Herbal Academy of New England, it has NOT been confirmed by Licensed Herbalist)

  • Analgesic

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Antioxidant

  • Antiviral​

  • Diuretic

  • Emetic

  • Immune Stimulant

WARNING: Talk to your Doctor/Medical Professional before adding any

Supplements, herbal teas, Infusions, etc. ​

Part of the reason that we list Medical Jargin is because many plants can interfere with or even counteract medications we already take or it can exacerbate ailments we already have. 

When talking to your Medical Professional, we suggest asking what "actions" an herb might do to interfere with your health, either positive of negative. For example, if you suffer from heartburn, a Cholagogue which creates more bile may not be advantagous. Too much of a good thing, eh?