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Saving the Elderflower Tree

When I was Studying at Lotus College of Naturopathy in 2003- 6 we had an Elderflower tree in the garden at the college. I watched this tree through its seasons, it was beautiful when it flowered, during this time I found out how effective this herb was in relieving hay fever and allergy symptoms, of which I suffered. I picked the flowers in the season and dried them to make an infusion to either drink or as a wash on my swollen eyes. Also good on hives.
In my last year at the college they decided to build another classroom and unfortunately the tree had to make way for progress. I was saddened so decided to take a couple of cuttings and try to grow a tree at home from this great special tree. My fellow student also took cuttings, but it turned out that I was the only one that had success. Now I have a beautiful daughter of this tree growing in my back yard which produces beautiful umbels of white flowers.
Ironically the flowers are full of yellow pollen and this is what reduces the symptoms of pollen allergies.
Traditional uses for this herb are coughs & colds and flu the flowering tops are idea for making an infusion that is relaxing and produces  a mild perspiration that helps to reduce fevers.
For allergic rhinititis and congestion, the flowering tops tone the mucus membranes and linings of the nose and throat, increasing their resistance to infection.
They are prescribed for chronic congestion, allergies, ear infections and candidiasis.
For seasonal allergies it is recommended to take infusions of the flowers for some months before the season starts to avoid severity of symptoms at onset.
Key constituents: Flowers
* Flavonoids
* Phenolic acids
* Triterpenes
* Sterols
* Volatile Oils
* Mucilage
* Tannins
Key constituents: Berries
* Flavonoids
* Vitamin  A and C
Actions of this herb are:
Increases sweating 
Elderberries Just a small mention here about the berries.
Traditionally used for rheumatism and erysipelas ( a skin condition) Now days they are for coughs cold and flu symptoms. the also have a mildly laxative, and can also help diarrhoea. These are often used in an uplifting tonic for chronic illness.
Summer of twenty eighteen I have had a particularly bad dose of hay fever, with the winds and the hot days, on symptoms when it rains, but we don't want it to rain all the time after all it is summer.
I have only used the Elderflower tea for Sneezes this season with great success, my symptoms are itchy eyes & nose tickle in the throat and sneezes.
1-2 cups of the tea have keep the symptoms under control, which is far better than nose drops or Pharmaceutical drugs.
Elderflower tea for sneezes is gentle pleasant way to control Seasonal Allergies and Rhinitits.
Rawlife Elderflower Tea for Sneezes
Elderflower Herb 80%
Onion sprouts 15 %
Bee Pollen 5%

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