Aeld meant, in
Early Anglo-Saxon, "fire". The young, hollow stems were
used to blow up a fire.
I use Northern Pacific Elder, whose
flowers resemble black walnut tree blossoms, and I pick them as some are turning
to green berries.....Taking a cup and a half of flowers,rinse carefully in a
sieve and boil in six cups pure water for ten minutes.
Strain and add sugar. Four cups of fine sugar.
Coarse white sugar solidifies syrup into an unmeltable glass!!.
The syrup will appear roseate or amber. Boil with sugar until it ribbons with the cold spoon in a glass of water trick.
(A tip- hot syrup is thicker when cooled- overdoing the amount of sugar, or the boiling time will harden into solid candy like glass rocks!)
Mix dried leaves and flowers with Peppermint and Yarrow for treatment of colds and catarrh, or alone as a gargle in throat infections.
Actually, there are no hazards.
I have been using this type of elders' properties homeopathically
for five years with great success in providing the Yaysus toning which restores
esponged collagen in the organism to its actual fibre properties, eliminating it
Elder used in hand lotion also does the same thing. Syrup should be regarded as holy. Good on votive pancakes!!
important Reference source: I really advise you to look at A Modern Herbal for
Elder pages- there are 14 and a half pages on Elder. For instance, did you know
that dwarf American Elder ( Aralia Hispida)(N.O. Araliaciae), is valuable in
urinary diseases, treating internalized gravel, and for dropsy?
A good hydagogue and emetic.
I researched both The Encyclopaedia of Herbs and Herbalism and A Modern Herbal for the above.