The elder tree is known as the "Witches' Tree" and after some time in persecution, it is making a comeback as a hero. And rightfully so! The berries of the elder tree have one of the most long-established medicinal histories of all time. Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, referred to elderberries as his personal "medicine chest" because of the variety of ailments that elderberries seemed to improve.
Elderberries are most renowned for their ability to improve cold and flu symptoms when taken within 48 hours of the first signs of symptoms. This effect is due to the presence of constituents called anthocyanidins, which are known to have immune-boosting properties. However, as the old adage goes, "every rose has its thorn." Elderberries are known to contain a natural toxin called cyanogenic glycoside, which releases hydrogen cyanide when chewed or digested. For this reason, elder has gotten a bad reputation as downright poisonous or as pseudo medicine. It is important to know how to properly cook these constituents out of the plant to achieve medicinal value.
In spellcraft, elderberry is used for blessings, protection, cleansing, healing, and hex breaking.
Your elderberries will arrive in a sealed bag, in either a half-ounce or ounce.
*This information has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.