Ever tried a sweet, aromatic delicious, dense concoction made of dried petals of a pearly white flower. The drink goes by the name of elderflower cordial. This non-alcoholic nutrition filled beverage is made from lovely, fragrant, though little lesser-known herb called elderflower. A lovely bloom, it is a white, five-petaled blossom clustered into bunches of elderberry shrub. Native to Northern Europe, New Zealand and various parts of US, it is from flower of Elder Sambucus Nigra, the same plant that famous elderberries come from. These petite elderflowers grow on elderberry bushes. While we do know about this herb, some of us may not know that elderberries and elderflowers actually come from the same plant, but they both have completely different medicinal properties.  Elderflower is used to make medicines which is why this luscious bloom due to its healing properties, has been used as a herbal remedy for treating cough, colds, hay fever and also for alleviating symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

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Elderflower is also known by various names such as Black-Berried Alder, Black Elder, Boor Tree, Common Elder, Ellhorn, European Black Elder, and Sweet Elder. Call it a flower or a tree, edible elderflower can be used in herbal teas, tonics, glycetracts, can be infused into baking and easily mixed into tarts and yummy jams. Dried petals and teas, it can be found at all grocery stores now a days. While, we all must have tried an elderflower cordial but do we know that this flower also has fantantic wellness benefits? One of the powerful herbs in ancient medicine, it includes significant amounts of bioflavonoids, choline, omega-3 fatty acids, omega-6, pectin and tannins, Vitamins A, B-Complex and Vitamin C. All these powerful compounds give the elderflower its anti-inflammatory, anticancer and antiviral properties. Elderflower helps to alleviate the following mild to severe ailments:

  • Elderflower is used as a herbal remedy for swollen sinuses, as it helps to treat inflamed and blocked nasal passages
  • Elderflower is effective against chronic colds, influenza, running nose and various kinds of flu
  • A potent diuretic, it is also used to increase urine production to keep kidneys clean and free of many diseases
  • Elderflower is know to be an effective diaphoretic as it induces sweating which helps the body shed all harmful toxins that may cause health problems
  • Drinking a herbal tea or decoction containing elderflower extracts infused with star anise can increase chances of having a smooth bowel movement thus alleviating chronic constipation

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With all their befitting benefits, these lovely blossoms were also actually used as an insect repellent back in the day!  Who would have thought that such pretty white, edible blossoms would pack such a punch  and would help curing many health anomalies. When it comes to providing goodness for your skin besides health, here is what elderflower offers:

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