ElderBerry or Flower Sambucus nigra
Native Americans historically used Elderberry flowers for treating respiratory infections. They used the leaves and flowers in poultices and applied them to wounds; and used the bark as a laxative.
Taken at first sign of cold or flu, Elderberry will generally reduce the course of the infection, and symptoms of influenza will generally pass within seventy-two hours. As an expectorant, it reduces excessive mucus and expels phlegm. Elderberry is antiviral, antibiotic and antibacterial and has been used for centuries for soothing upper respiratory infections. It is an excellent remedy for asthma, bronchial infections and sinusitis. Since Elderberry is a diuretic, it promotes all fluid secretions and helps to cleanse the system. By promoting heavy sweating, Elderberry also opens the pores, and in that manner aids in eliminating toxic material and impurities from the body through the skin. Elderberry is powerful laxative and has been used as a natural intestinal cleanser for centuries. It has been said to work like lightning to evacuate the bowels.As a revitalizing stimulant and rejuvenating tonic, Elderberry promotes circulation, kidney function and good lymphatic system health. Topically, Elderberry has long been used for burns, bruises, eczema, rash and other skin problems. Elderberry water is said to be good for the eyes and the complexion and generally improve skin health. It has also been used to remove freckles, and whiten and soften the skin. Elderberry works well in treating all conditions where there is a buildup of phlegm such as asthma, bronchitis, colds, and the buildup of phlegm caused by inhaling second-hand smoke. The flowers are used to treat tonsillitis, sinusitis, hay fever, laryngitis, achy sore throat, chills, restlessness and fever. They can also stimulate circulation and promote sweating. Elder flowers have been used to treat measles and chickenpox, gout, and arthritis. The flowers are also a relaxant for soothing nerves and anxiety and lifting depression. Externally Elder flower is used on cuts, wounds, chilblains, skin eruptions, sunburn, and irritable skin.