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Elder Berry - Sambucus nigra (Caprifoliaceae)
Description: Shrub or small tree with fissured bark and many straight branches growing up to 30 ft. Leaves are dull green, toothed and pungent. In midsummer flowering stems are red and bear broad flat-topped heads of small white fragrant flowers followed by edible black berries.
Uses: Use leaves, flowers and fruits, fresh or dried. Roots and bark may be gathered and used as needed. Leaves are insect repellant and provide a soothing ointment for skin complaints. Flowers make a calming tea, soothe the eyes and add sweet fragrance to drinks and dishes. Fruits are used to treat throat infections, coughs and colds and to induce sweating. Bark is a laxative, root is used to treat kidney ailments. Berries also produce a blue-purple dye.
Infusion: Used to prepare more delicate parts of plants. 3 cups of water to 1 ounce dry herb or 1.5 ounce of fresh herbs; pour the freshly boiled water over herbs in a pot, cover the pot and let the herbs steep for at least 10 minutes. Strain and serve. Refrigerate unused portions, lasts up to 24 hours.
Decoction: used to prepare barks, roots and berries 4 cups of water to 1 ounce dry herb or 2 ounces fresh herb; finely chop herbs in a pan and cover with the water (which should be cold). Bring this mixture to a boil, cover and simmer for about 5 minutes. Then strain the liquid off and press as much of the remaining liquid out of the herbs as possible. Refrigerate unused portions, lasts up to 2 weeks.
Tincture: A tincture is a good solution for long term treatment as will store for up to two years. 8 ounces of dried herb, 1.5 cups of alcohol (grain alcohol like Everclear), and 4 cups of water; Chop your herbs up finely and put them in a glass jar with a good tight fitting lid. Pour the liquid over the herbs and tighten the lid. Keep the jar in a warm, dark place for 2 weeks. Shake the jar every two days. After the two weeks, strain the liquid off through cheesecloth into a clean colored glass jar and store away from heat and direct sunlight.