European elder, black elder.
Key Uses:AsthmaBronchitisCroupWhooping cough
Origin : Native to Europe.
Background : Used medicinally for millennia, elder became known as “nature’s medicine chest” and was also strongly linked to much European folklore.
Preparation : The fresh leaves and flowers are finely chopped and steeped in alcohol.
Remedy Profile : The remedy is best suited to people who are constantly fretful, restless, easily frightened, and prone to trembling. Sambucus is used mainly for respiratory problems. General symptoms associated with the remedy include severe weakness, and profuse continuous or intermittent sweating. The remedy may help respiratory conditions such as asthma, croup, whooping cough, or bronchitis, particularly when they occur on waking. Generally, there is hoarseness, with mucus and inflammation in the larynx but no desire to drink. During asthma attacks, a lack of oxygen may cause the face to turn blue.
Symptoms Better : For wrapping up warmly; for sitting up in bed; for leaning over a table or chair back; for movement.
Symptoms Worse : For dry, cold air; for heat; during the night; for lying down, especially with the head low; for rest.