Ward Off Witches and Warlocks with an Elderberry Wreath

By: Sasha de Beausset, B.A., M.Sc. For millennia and across most geographies people have attributed the elder tree with health and supernatural properties. Elderberries and elderflowers...

The Elder Mother in Folklore

By: Sasha de Beausset, B.A., M.Sc. The elder tree and the bounty it has provided humanity for thousands of years – everything from medicine to...

My Seven Favorite Heritage Elderberry Recipes Online

By: Sasha de Beausset Aparicio, B.A., M.Sc. Elderberries and elderflowers have been used for millennia in civilizations around the world for their magnificent medicinal properties,...
A photo taken in 1899 of Maria Cassei, and Coahuilla basket maker by George Wharton James

A Brief History of the Uses of the Elderberry Plant Among Indigenous Americans of...

By: Sasha de Beausset Aparicio Just like most of the medicinal plants native to North America, the knowledge of the use of different parts of...
A 1913 illustration of the elder plant by N.L. Britton and A. Brown.

A Brief Global History of the Elderberry Plant

By: Sasha de Beausset Aparicio Different varieties of the Elder plant (Sambucus) are found all over the world and ethnobotanists and historians sometimes disagree...
Dried elderberries ready to be steeped

Elder in the Apothecary

By: Sasha de Beausset Aparicio Elder is wonderfully versatile in its use for human food, culture, and medicine. Its use has been documented to more...
Cover image of Elder the Pliny’s Book, Natural History

Ancient Uses of the Elder Plant in Natural History by Pliny the Elder or...

By: Sasha de Beausset Aparicio Even today, the elder plant is one of the most prominently used medicinal herbs around the world. Before the boom...
Bill Farrell started research as a child

Bill’s Blog: The Rhyme and Reason of Creating an Elderberry Blog; Looking Back

Starting this science blog about elderberry is exactly the type of crazy thing I’ve done throughout my life. Barely a business plan in hand,...
Many parts of the elder plant have a long history of human use

The Botany of Elderberry

By Edna Williams, PhD The “Elder” plant is sometimes called a tree; however, technically it is a deciduous shrub. A shrub has multiple woody stems whereas...

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