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Elder Mini Monograph


Elderflowers


Grow | Harvest | Make with Elderflower


"When you settle a share of land, first plant an Elder tree, then make your home there"

T. Elder Sachs


I D E N T I F I C A T I O N

Shrub growing 9-12ft tall

Compound leaf branches

5-11 serrated leaves each with a thin point

Umbels filled with tiny florets

5 petals to each floret

Powdery, creamy, flat

Strong fragrance


G R O W

Sambucus nigra

Sambucus canadensis

Sambucus caprifoliaceae

*do not use red elder varieties


Perennial

Hardy to zone 5

Rich, moist, well drained soil

Full to part sun

Plant at the edge of the garden as a protector of homestead and livestock

Makes a lovely hedgerow or living fence


H A R V E S T

Summer

Midmorning

When most of umbel is in bloom

Use scissors to cut umbels

Remove flowers from stems to dry

Do not consume stems

A plant steeped in folklore, always provide an offering and give thanks as you harvest


"The peoples medicine chest"


M A K E

Tea: fever, colds, flu, upper respiratory, hay fever, chicken pox, measles, colic

Oil: skin eruptions, wounds, burns, itchy rashes, eczema, sprains, facial

Steam: facial, hay fever, sinusitis, yoni

Wash/Compress: tired eyes, conjunctivitis, chicken pox, measles, headaches

Gargle: sore throat, tonsillitis, mouth wounds

Flower Essence: move through chaos, trust the limbo, overwhelm, helplessness, stuck in a pattern


For educational purposes only. Not intended for medical advice. Always consult your physician.


Elder shrub tree

Grow | Harvest | Make with Elderberry


"When you settle a share of land, first plant an Elder tree, then make your home there"

T. Elder Sachs


I D E N T I F I C A T I O N

Shrub growing 9-12ft tall

Compound leaf branches

5-11 serrated leaves each with a thin point

Umbels filled with creamy white 5 petaled florets

Berries form after flowers fade


G R O W

Sambucus nigra

Sambucus canadensis

Sambucus caprifoliaceae

*do not use red elder varieties for Medicinal or culinary purposes


Perennial

Hardy to zone 5

Rich, moist, well drained soil

Full to part sun


Propagate from cuttings

Plant at the edge of the garden as a protector of homestead and livestock

Makes a lovely hedgerow or living fence


H A R V E S T

Late summer to early autumn

Midmorning

When most berries on the umbel are ripe

Use scissors to cut umbels

Remove berries from stems to dry

Compost unripe berries

Do not consume stems

A plant steeped in folklore, always provide an offering and give thanks as you harvest


D R Y

Warm, dark place with good airflow


"The peoples medicine chest"


P R O P E R T I E S

Cool | Dry | Sour | Sweet

Anti-inflammatory | Antioxidant | Antiviral

Astringent | Diaphoretic

Cardio Tonic | Immune Modulator

Milk Laxative

A source of iron, Vitamins C and A and potassium


M A K E

Tea: sore throats, coughs, chest congestion, inducing sweat, shorten duration and severity of cold and flu, herpes or shingles outbreaks, joint pain, arthritis, rheumatism, gout, heart tonic, anemia, poor night vision

Oil: antioxidant, wounds, burns


For educational purposes only. Not intended for medical advice. Always consult your physician.


Elderberries on branch

Folklore & Fables of Elder


"Elder is a lady's tree, burn it not or cursed you will be"


Common names: Lady Elder, Old Lady, Old Gal, Devil's Eye, Ellhorn, Tree of Doom


Old English word "aeld" meant fire which could relate to it as a fever remedy or because the wood was used as a smoking tube or tube to blow kindling.


Ruled by Venus and the sign Pisces, its element is said to be both air and water and its energy is feminine.


In floriography, or Victorian Language of Flowers, Elder signifies zealousness.


Symbolism includes:

protection

purification

wisdom

prosperity

divination

beauty

love


Elder will manifest your wishes - so be careful what you ask for and never use for selfish reasons


When harvesting Elder for the purpose of healing your body, you are offering in exchange that one's body will eventually be returned to the earth.


Elder encompasses the cycle of life as it was used as both a birth blessing and a funeral blessing for the journey ahead.


It is said you cannot be struck by lightning when standing by an Elder.


Keep a branch by the door or plant near the home or at the corner of the garden to drive away evil spirits and to protect home, land and livestock.


Elda Mor is a russian legend of a powerful wise old woman who lives in the tree to heal us if we seek, honor and respect her.


Hylde Moer / Elder Mother is a female spirit of the forest, healing to humans and a grove is a sacred place where spirits of the forest dwell within.


Elder is a doorway to the underworld or fairy realm. Sleep under one on the Summer solstice or a full moon to communicate with woodland fairies. Beware: you may be taken to another world and not necessarily be returned.


Sit by one on the Summer Solstice and you will see fairies playing music from the hollow stems as they parade by.


Elder said to protect against witches, but also to be inhabited by witches who transformed themselves into the tree to escape capture.


Elder is believed to be the wood for Christ's cross.


Steeped in all this folklore and mystical powers, Elder is an enchantment like no other!