[nafex] the disappointing elderberry

Bill Russell shaman at penn.com
Thu Aug 9 14:37:48 EDT 2001

Elderberry has been, and still is, regarded as sacred plant by many
cultures. The Gypsies have respected elderberry so deeply that dead
elderberry wood was never put in a fire. In some places in Europe, a prayer
was offered to the spirit of edler before the wood was cut. A teaspoon of
the berries, raw or cooked, has been known to stop sciatica pain within
minutes. The flowers were soaked in buttermilk and used as a facial wash to
promote a youthful skin by Gypsy women. A strong tea of elder blossoms and
peppermint is still used to ward off an impending cold. These are only a few
of the herbal uses of elderberry. Check your herb books.

Go ahead and make your elderbery wine. Then send me a bottle.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Erdman, Jim" <erdmanj at uwstout.edu>
To: <nafex at yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Thursday, August 09, 2001 7:31 AM
Subject: RE: [nafex] the disappointing elderberry

> I am finding the comments on elderberries interesting. I have found them
> unappealing fresh, and have made wine from them a couple of times, and
> the wine to also be unappealing.  Some elderberries leave a
> greasy or waxy scum in the fermenting container, which is very hard to
> remove.  Anyone have any coments on that?
> I've decided that elderberries aren't worth the bother.
> Jim Erdman
> (Menomonie, WI)
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