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elderberry | Sambucus nigra 

Updated: Sep 22, 2022

main constituents: vitamins A, B-complex, and C, citric acid, malic acid, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, quercetin, beta-carotene, amino acids, tannins, polysaccharides, phenolic acid, triterpenes

spiritually and energetically, elderberry is likened to the hawk animal spirit and the element of fire, with water and air being secondary elements.

much like the hawk, the elder tree is known as the messenger between the spirit and earth realm. it's branches are used to keep fires and they make excellent flutes and whistles for communicating with spirit.

my communion with the elder tree, from it's hallow-like branches to it's creamy white flowers and deep purple berries, has been a deep exploration of truth. many ancient cultures liken the elder tree to that of an actual alder, an older, wise family or community member; and it's name is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word "aeid" which means "fire". so speaking of deep exploration of truth, spiritually, elderberry has a unique way of presenting truth, much like a well respected elder; not harsh or gentle. elderberry presents both sides of a spectrum, offering a higher view of any situation. it delivers truth just as it is, which can seem harsh, if not for it's nurturing, protecting energy that seems to let you know, "this is the raw reality and it is ok".

the wise elder tree teaches how to build the fire within by deeply understanding and respecting our water; our natural emotional waves. building a fire requires an unwavering persistence and steadfast trust in ourselves, even if the vision of the fire has not yet manifested in our minds. by delivering the truth in the form of multiple perspectives, we are able to assess our emotional body in the midst of any given situation and choose how we respond from a place of balance. practicing this creates a very powerful will that can be used in a productive (and especially protective) way, especially to counter chaos. this spiritually speaks of the powerhouse abilities elderberries and elderflowers provide to strengthen our immune system.

this herb is known to help us get in touch with our nurturing, creative, imaginable aspects, hence it's affiliation to the water element. speaking of higher perspectives and imaginable aspects, I've seen many past dreams actualized while communing with elderberries, offering an opportunity to draw connections between my waking and sleeping realities.

elder is extremely nurturing and protecting, making it an ideal herb for strengthening and toning the immune system. physically in the body, elderberries and flowers have been used to prevent and treat colds, viruses, and upper respiratory infections. being an anti-inflammatory makes it ideal to use for skin, oral and intestinal inflammation. it has also been used to reduce breast swelling and increase lactation while nursing.

communing with Sambucus nigra in any way, from personal experiences, has proven to be beneficial. this plant is very abundant in Central Florida where the water is plenty. it loves to reside near lakes, rivers, roadsides and even electrical hazardous zones. I begin to notice this plant more around 2019 and by 2020, it was obvious to me that it was requesting to be seen, invited in and communed with. this was ironically right before the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic; now elderberry syrup can be found almost everywhere. many people are gravitating towards this new commodity, but please do not forget the spirit of the elder tree. i invite you to become aware of its presence, seek it out, and spend a moment with it. truth will be revealed.

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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