Native Americans are said to have used Elder Flowers (also known as Sauco) for headaches, wounds and inflammation. For hundeds of years, Europeans have used Elder Flower to help them sleep better when they have a cold. However, this great tasting herbal tea is enjoyable any time.
This variety is known as American elder, (Sambucus Canadensis) and the plant produces blue-black berries. This plant has been used for hundreds of years in traditional medicine. Elder will grow almost anywhere if it can get enough light and is often planted to help support native birds and butterflies.