Elder flowers are a key ingredient in the herbalist’s cabinet for fighting congestive disorders such as hay fever. An infusion or tincture made from elderflowers treats a wide variety of symptoms associated with colds and flu such as coughs (wet and dry), sneezing and, irritated eyes. These flowers are quite sweet, making them a pleasant addition to cough syrups and medicines or made into liquors. The most famous elderflower liqueur is known as St. Germain and can be added to warm tea as a soothing tonic to the throat. Finally, an infusion of elderflowers can be added to the bath to soothe irritated nerves and inflamed skin.
The Elder Tree is an ultimate symbol of Goddess energy and the feminine spirit. The tree, and therefore its flowers represent fertility, the cycles of life including life/death/rebirth and the powers of healing. This tree is protective and supporting, in fact, it is said elder trees protect farms and homes from lightning. Finally, elder flowers are a key element in fae magic.
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