Hello! And welcome to the 2016 A-Z CHALLENGE!!
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This year, I’m blogging my way through a botanical alphabet.
I hope you enjoy your time here and by all means,
come back tomorrow and see what plant I’m highlighting next! Cheers!!
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A favorite folk remedy of the Gypsies, Elder was once so widely used in rural Europe that it earned the reputation of being the "medicine chest of the country people". That reputation is well deserved considering all parts of the tree is useful. The leaves have been used as an ointment for wounds and bruises. In an infusion, the Elder Flowers are reputed to be good for the skin when applied topically. Drinking the infusion can help with anxiety, sore throats, and colds. They also make a delicious cordial. The berries are well known as a good addition to cough syrups, cough drops, and great when brewed as a wine.
In England, Elder Trees were also cultivated for protection against witches. So plant yourself an Elder Tree! It may protect you from colds, flus, and wicked witches! At the very least you could invite the witch in and offer her up some mighty fine wine.
All research references can be found in my Library of Botanical Miscellany.
These posts are in NO WAY medical suggestions. They are intended for informational purposes only.
If you are interested in pursuing natural, herbal remedies, get thee to a reputable herb shop (preferably one that is locally and independently owned and operated) and get educated!
It’s ridiculous that anyone writing about herbal and traditional remedies should have to put a disclaimer at the end of anything.
Use your brain and think for yourself! Just as you shouldn't take a pharmaceutical at face value,
do your herbal research and learn about the amazing plants around us.