Elderflower, or elderberry, extract is an ancient remedy used in a variety of cultures, for many years. Although there are many varieties of elderflower, the most common to be used medicinally grows from the Sambucus Nigra elder tree (or European elder), native to Europe, Africa, and parts of Asia. This species of plant blooms white flowers and produces green berries that turn red and then black when ripe. The prime medicinal element of this plant is the flower.
Country of Origin: Ireland
Elderflower has traditionally been used to healing of wounds and skin irritations. It’s also helpful in alleviating allergies by reducing mucus and treating respiratory illnesses such as cold and flu.
Elder flowers are rich in bioflavonoids, which can help prevent wrinkles and signs of aging. They have astringent properties that cause the skin to tighten, reduce the size of pores and smooth the skin. Elder flowers also contain antioxidants that protect against sun and other free-radical damage.