Elderberries, whole, 1oz (Sambucus nigra)

Herbal Uses of Elderberries

Upper Respiratory Tract Infections
Elderberries help with the symptoms of cold and flu as they have antiviral and antihistamine properties. They also increase sweating which can speed up the process of breaking a fever. Ingesting them can have a gradual purging effect. They are anti-inflammatory so they can be used to strengthen the immune system.[1][2]
Depression and Anxiety
Although elderberries do not have any elements to relieve mood directly, they are high in B vitamins and magnesium which can help regulate mood; B vitamins by energizing and magnesium by creating a feeling of calm.[3]

Magical Uses of Elderberries

In Europe elder branches were placed over doors and windows on outside of the house to protect the house and its inhabitants from evil. Elderberries could be scattered around the perimeter of the property for the same effect. Dried berries could be carried for a similar effect.[4]
Fairy Magic
In the British Isles, elder flowers and berries are associated with fairies. Elderberries have both harmful and beneficial effects on the human body. That makes them able to act as a gatekeeper between worlds. Not in the same way as a hallucinogen, but those sensitive to subtle energies will feel it.[5] This can ease access to the fairy realms, which the Elder seems to be particularly attuned to.


This information on the use of elderberries for magical purposes is solely for educational purposes. It is important to exercise caution when exploring these practices as they may have psychological effects and may also cause allergic reactions. Be mindful of any allergies and proceed with caution.

Keep in mind that the use of herbs and herbal remedies is not regulated by the FDA, who does not approve or evaluate them for safety and effectiveness. There is a potential for purity and quality issues as they may not have been tested. It is crucial to be cautious when using any herb or herbal remedy and to be aware of potential risks and interactions. Before using, it is recommended to consult a healthcare professional if you have any health concerns. This information on the potential uses and benefits of herbs is intended to educate and is not meant to replace medical advice.


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