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Elderflower Herbal Extract (Sambucus nigra flores) - 50 ml

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Elderflower Herbal Extract ( Sambucus nigra flores ) - 50 ml



    Elderflower tincture is a herbal preparation made by steeping the flowers of the elder (Sambucus nigra) plant in alcohol. 

    It has a long history of use in traditional medicine and is known for its various health benefits. 

    Some of the key properties and benefits of elderflower tincture include:


    1. Anti-inflammatory properties: Elderflower tincture has been known to exhibit anti-inflammatory effects, which can help reduce swelling and alleviate pain in conditions like arthritis or other inflammatory disorders.
    2. Immune system support: Elderflower is rich in antioxidants, including flavonoids and phenolic acids, which help strengthen the immune system and protect the body against infections.
    3. Respiratory health: Elderflower tincture has been traditionally used to alleviate symptoms of colds, flu, and other respiratory infections. It acts as an expectorant, helping to clear mucus from the lungs and ease congestion.
    4. Antiviral properties: Some studies have suggested that elderflower possesses antiviral properties, which may help combat viral infections like the common cold and influenza.
    5. Allergy relief: Elderflower tincture may provide relief from seasonal allergies, as it is believed to have antihistamine and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help alleviate symptoms such as sneezing, itching, and nasal congestion.
    6. Diuretic effects: Elderflower has mild diuretic properties, which can aid in flushing out excess fluids from the body and help relieve symptoms of edema or water retention.
    7. Digestive health: The tincture has traditionally been used to soothe digestive issues such as indigestion, gas, and bloating. Its anti-inflammatory properties may also help alleviate symptoms of inflammatory bowel conditions.
    8. Skin health: Elderflower tincture can be applied topically to the skin to reduce inflammation, soothe irritation, and promote healing in cases of minor wounds, burns, or insect bites.
    9. Relaxant: Some people use elderflower tincture to help promote relaxation and reduce stress, as it has mild sedative properties.


    It's important to note that while many people have experienced benefits from using elderflower tincture, scientific research on its effectiveness is limited. As with any herbal remedy, it's essential to consult with a healthcare professional before using elderflower tincture to ensure it's appropriate for your specific needs and to discuss potential interactions with medications or other health conditions.


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    plant name


    Black elderberry, black elderberry (English)


    International Latin denomination


    Sambucus nigra L.


    botanical family


    Adoxaceae (formerly Caprifoliaceae )


    Description and habitat


    • Shrub 4 - 5 m high with large opposite compound-odd-pinnate leaves, with 5-7 oval leaflets
    • Inflorescences in large umbel-shaped corymbs (20 cm in diameter) with a delicate fragrance
    • Ripe fruits are black and bursting with dark purple juice
    • Common throughout Europe, Western Asia, North Africa, it can be invasive
    • Delicate drying (possible blackening)


    History and tradition


    • Formerly considered a real “country pharmacy”
    • We prepare the delicious elderberry donuts with the flowers
    • Elderflowers were once used to purge "phlegm", one of the four Hippocratic humors, a nasal secretion believed to emanate from the brain
      • The "phlegmatic" temperament or complexion would have favored certain diseases caused by the damp cold.


    Parts used



    Dosage forms available



    Usual dosages


    • TM  : 50 drops 4 times a day for adults
    • Berries EPS
    • Berry syrup: 15 ml (one tablespoon) 4 times a day
    • Elderflower herbal tea, one cup 4 to 6 times a day




    Main components of the plant



    Main components of buds or young shoots


    Main components of essential oil




    Plant properties



    Bud properties


    Properties of essential oil




    Indications of the whole plant (phytotherapy)


    • Colds, infectious and eruptive diseases, flu-like illnesses at the beginning, dry coughs, rhino-pharyngitis in children
    • Flus +++ (berries), rhinitis (even allergic) and sinusitis [33]
    • Gargles lotions fumigations and poultices
    • Berries in rheumatism


    Indications of the bud (gemmotherapy)


    Specific indications of essential oil (aromatherapy)


    Known or suspected mode of action


    Usual formulations


    • Black elderflower herbal tea: a teaspoon for a cup of boiling water, infuse for a quarter of an hour, drink four to six cups a day





    Possible side effects and precautions for use


    • None known for flowers (herbal tea allowed for children)
    • Safety for the Natural Standard Research Collaboration, which confirms the effectiveness [34]
    • Heartburn, nausea and vomiting after eating undercooked fruit
    • CYP3A4 inhibition described for a mixture of Echinacea purpurea and Sambucus nigra [35]


    Bibliographic references


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    32. Go↑ Ciocoiu M, Mirón A, Mares L, Tutunaru D, Pohaci C, Groza M, Badescu M. The effects of Sambucus nigra polyphenols on oxidative stress and metabolic disorders in experimental diabetes mellitus. J Physiol Biochem. 2009 Sep;65(3):297-304. PMID 20119824
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    Store in a cool, dry place, away from light. Keep tightly closed, away from the reach of Children and pets.

    Do not exceed the daily dose.


    This product is not intended to prevent or cure any form of illness or disease.

    If you are pregnant or nursing ; If you have a medical condition or are in the course of medical treatment ; If you are programmed for theater/operation in the near future, please consult your healthcare practitioner before using this product.


    This product cannot replace a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.


    This product has not been evaluated by the SAHPRA for its quality, safety or intended use.