Elder Flower

Sambucus nigra – flower

Elder Flower is a valuable herb to have on hand during cold and flu season for immune support. It helps lower fevers, soothes and cools the skin and reduces cold symptoms.


  • Anti-catarrhal
  • Antiviral
  • Antibacterial
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Diuretic


  • Colds and influenza.
  • Upper respiratory tract inflammation.
  • Immune support

None known.

Professional supervision is suggested during pregnancy and lactation.

The analysis of contents below is a guide only, product specific data including expiry date is with the item in the shop.

Sambucus nigra 1:1. Each 1 ml contains 1,000mg of dry herb.

Liquid extract in 25% ethanol. Use 15 to 40 ml weekly.

Our clinic uses fluid extracts from Optimal Rx, Herbal Extract Company, Nutrition Care, Mediherb or Sunray Botanicals, in this order.

Elderberry and elderflower are generally safe, including for infants, children, the elderly, and pregnant and nursing mothers.

All parts of the elder plant contain cyanogenic glycosides. When ingested, these compounds free cyanide in the body and can lead to temporary nausea, vomiting, gastrointestinal pain, diarrhea, shortness of breath, and dizziness. The roots, bark, and twigs contain the highest concentration, berry seeds and leaves less so, and flowers contain minimal. Thoroughly cooking the berries produces a safe product free from potential cyanide poisoning.