Elder Flower Whole

Elder Flower Whole

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Elder is a shrub or small tree in the honeysuckle family native to North America and Asia. The delicate, white flowers are used to make syrups and cordials, as well as tea, soup, wine, brandy and other beverages, such as the fruity liquor known as St. Germain.

Elder flowers are also combined with other herbs, such as chamomile, as ingredients in various hair and skin care preparations. In Russia and the Ukraine, the flowers are sold in pharmacies as a tea for dry cough.

kosher certificate information
Sambucus nigra

Elder Flower Whole

Elder flower, whole

quick look

information at a glance
approximate cups to one pound10.5
origineastern europe
active compoundsPhenolic acids, Sterols, Favanoids, Micilage, Tannins, Volatile oil, Triterpenes
plant part usedflower

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips
storage tipsStore in a sealed container in a cool, dark place.
appearance & aromaPale with a slight musky scent.


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cosmeticTincture or infuse in oil for use in lotions, creams, salved and balms.
culinaryUse for display or in potpourri.
safetyPrepare as tea, alone or in combination with other herbs. The flowers are also used to produce syrups, cordials and other beverages.

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[ tip: Combine elder flower with chamomile in cosmetic formulas. ~ from Monterey Bay Spice Company ]

Combine with chamomile in cosmetic formulas.

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[ elderberries ]
[ tip: Pair elder flower with berries from the same plant in wines, cordials and syrups. ~ from Monterey Bay Spice Company ]

Pair with berries from the same plant in wines, cordials and syrups.

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flavor profile

elder flower

Flowers have a light but earthy flavor. Pairs well with mild herbs like chamomile and meadowsweet.

formulas & recipes

elder flower
Herbal Spa
DIY Chamomile and Elderflower Hand Gel

what else you should know

elder flower

Elder, also known as Boor Tree and Black Elder, is a deciduous shrub native to Europe, Asia and Africa. While the fruits provide food for wildlife, the leaves and flowers are used to make elderberry wine and other beverages, as well as soothing syrups. Elder flower is also an ingredient in natural hair and skin products, prepared either as infused oil or a water infusion.

According to the legend, cutting the bush is unwise unless first obtaining permission from the Elder Mother, a dryad or tree nymph who is said to reside in the heart of the small tree. For extra insurance, reciting “Elder Mother, please give me some wood, and I’ll give you some of mine when I grow into a tree” three times bore making a cut is sure to appease the tree spirit.

The Elder Mother is the subject of Hans Christian Andersen's "Hyldemoer,” a classic tale in which a young Danish boy, who gets his feet wet and catches cold, dreams of “sailing into the warmer countries” after sampling two cups of elder flower tea. It is also said that falling asleep under an elder bush in flower is to risk waking up in Fairyland.

Background: It was once believed that the Elder Mother lived inside the tree, and it was dangerous to cut the tree because her spirit may become angered. Those who did dare to cut the tree down would recite a poem to ward off her anger. The elder plant grows in Europe and other temperate regions.

Description: The elder tree grows as high as 33 feet. It has cream colored flowers, black berries, and green oval shaped leaves. The flowers of the plant should be harvested in the late spring. The berries can be collected in early fall.

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