Herb of the Week: Elderflower
When you are driving down the road in the Spring and you notice a delicate white flower waving from bright green shrubs, you will know that you have encountered the incomparable elderflower! If you slow down and the moon is just right, you may even see the fae folk (fairies) dancing beneath the shelter of the elder branches.
Maybe you have seen these a thousand times and just never really gave them much thought. Well, today is the day to give them much thought. Elderflower, along with Elderberries, are a must have for any herb cabinet. This is especially true as Winter arrives and the sniffles and sneezes begin. These inconspicuous little gems are so very good for you!
Elderflower tea is an excellent Winter tonic. Almost everything about this herb is delicate, the way it looks, the way it tastes, and the way it works. It is a great choice for children and the elderly because of its gentleness. Now, just because I used the words ‘delicate’ and ‘gentle’ doesn’t mean it is less effective. This herb packs a punch against Winter illnesses. The flavor is mild and can be manipulated for even the pickiest of palettes. All though Elderflower is nice alone, it can be mixed with other herbs, such as, mint or rose or ginger or cinnamon, etc. to make an extra soothing cold reliever. Personally, I like to use a bit of honey also, just to sweeten it up a little.
For healing the Elderflower is the right choice for fevers, colds, flu, sinusitis, and bronchitis. It is an effective expectorant to help clear bronchial phlegm. You may even use it topically to relieve minor burns, insect bites, cuts, and scrapes.
The metaphysical aspects of Elderflower are especially potent as the Elder is known, in some circles, as the witches tree. The flowers can be kept on your altar, if you have one, to keep evil from your home. Elderflower is an excellent addition to wish fulfillment spells, also. Oh, and, most important of all, NEVER EVER burn Elder. The shrub/tree is sacred to the goddess Hecate and burning can bring some bad mojo into your life.
Now that Winter is upon us, it is time to stock up on the cold and flu season herbs. I do hope you add Elderflower to the list!
Bright Blessings, Dear Ones