Gemmotherapy Sambucus nigra (Black elder)

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Latest Edit: Iva Lloyd, ND 2014-02-22 (EDT)

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See Also Botanical Sambucus nigra

Sambucus nigra or Black elder, is a short-lived shrub that is widespread in Europe and Western Asia. It can be found growing in woodlands, hedgerows, on waste ground, and railway embankments. It is a smallish tree with flat-topped clusters of tiny, white-scented flowers. After flowering, the dark purple fruits or berries hang in large clusters. The leaves are made up of five or seven serrated leaflets. This plant is commonly known for its use in cordials, wines, and teas produced from the fruits and berries.[1]

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  1. Plants & Fungi: Sambucus Nigra, Retrieved December 19, 2013 from
  2. Dr. Reckeweg (2012)Product Catalog, Bio Lonreco. Quebec.