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Ash
Bogbean
Comfrey
Dandelion
Dock
Elder
Houseleek
Ivy
Mallow
Nettle
Ribwort plantain
Thyme
Yarrow
Elder
Sambucus nigra
Elder
Common, unpleasant-smelling, small tree, growing in a wide range of habitats.

'An infusion of elder flowers in boiling water will alleviate piles.'
Horsted Keynes, West Sussex, 1991

Elder

'My mother used to tell me how she pulled me through pneumonia by poulticing with hot flannel and sips of elderflower tea, day and night.'
Hill, Worcestershire, 1991

'We use our own elder flowers and berries for wine and jam, also the berry juice neat for cough syrup.'
Fosdyke, Lincolnshire, 1997



According to a gypsy woman in the 1940s, elder is 'the healingest tree that on Earth do grow'. Also used to treat bronchitis, eczema, fevers, nettle stings, 'skin troubles' and as a fly deterrent. Practitioners of herbal medicine use elder pollen to treat sinusitis and catarrh, the fruit as a laxative and the leaves in an ointment to treat sprains and chilblains.




Cures featured in this exhibition and on the website should be used only with advice from a qualified medical herbalist.