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ᴇ ʟ ᴅ ᴇ ʀ ғ ʟ ᴏ ᴡ ᴇ ʀ 🌿 (Sambucus canadensis) One of my favorite stories is the folklore legend of the Elder tree. Many European societies believed a sacred spirit resided within the tree, Hylde Moer, also known as the Elder Mother. Where various parts of the plant were imbued with power from this spirit, such as the leaves, which could protect a home or person from evil spirits when dried + hung in the doorway. If an Elder grew near a dwelling it was considered a ‘good omen’, as the trees proximity to the home would protect the household. Taking parts of the Elder for ritual, herbal or protective use required asking the Elder Mother for permission. If the Elder Mother was not asked, it was believed she would seek revenge on the offending person. Asking permission involved making an offering to the tree, kneeling in respect + speaking your intentions. Regardless of asking for permission, it was still seen as unwise to cut down or burn the wood of an Elder, for fear of releasing her spirit. _________________________ Most commonly used today to treat colds, flu, sinus infections + other respiratory conditions. Elderflower is known for being rich in bioflavonoids, mostly flavones and flavonols, that are commonly known for their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory + antibacterial properties, which in return help alleviate allergies. One of the many reasons I add it to my allergy tincture!