Sambucus nigra is a small tree or shrub, usually, height is 3.7 m. During a walk in late spring to learn the elder will not be difficult, because it blooms a truly memorable: its pleasant scent and creamy-white flowers collected in inflorescence dashboard, evoke a romantic atmosphere of summer! Grow this beauty, usually in deciduous forests, less common conifers as well as a single specimen found in residential areas. The flowers of this plant contain glycoside sambunigrin, essential oil, acetic, malic, chlorogenic, caffeic and valeric acids.
This is Interesting:
In many folk legends black elderberry plays the role of the sacred, prolonging the life of the tree. However, this opinion about it was not everywhere. For example, in medieval Germany believed that the elderberry – medicinal herb witches, and therefore tried to get around this plant the party so as not to incur the gaze of the Holy Inquisition.
How is it Used in Medicine:
In pharmaceutical practice, flowers are used, infusions of which are often used in the treatment of colds, flu, and bronchitis. In folk medicine, elderberry is used as a diuretic, astringent, expectorant, diaphoretic, and choleretic.