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ELDERFLOWER

Other Names:

Arbre de Judas, Black-Berried Alder, Black Elder, Boor Tree, Bountry, Common Elder, Ellanwood, Ellhorn, European Alder, European Black Elder, European Black Elderflower, European Elderflower, European Elder Flower, Fleur de Sureau, Fleur de Sure...
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ELDERFLOWER Overview
ELDERFLOWER Uses
ELDERFLOWER Side Effects
ELDERFLOWER Interactions
ELDERFLOWER Dosing
ELDERFLOWER Overview Information

Elderflower is the flower of a tree. An extract of the flower is used to make medicine.

Elderflower is used for swollen sinuses (sinusitis), colds, influenza (flu), swine flu, bronchitis, diabetes, and constipation. It is also used to increase urine production (as a diuretic), to increase sweating (as a diaphoretic), and to stop bleeding.

Elderflower is also used as a gargle and mouthwash for coughs, colds, hoarseness (laryngitis), flu, and shortness of breath. It is used on the skin for joint pain (rheumatism), and pain and swelling (inflammation).

Some people put elderflower in the eyes for red eyes.

In combination with gentian root, verbena, cowslip flower, and sorrel, elderflower is used for maintaining healthy sinuses and treating sinusitis.

In foods and beverages, elderflower is used as a flavoring component.

In manufacturing, elderflower extracts are used in perfumes. Elderflower water is used in eye and skin lotions.

How does it work?

Elderflower might work like insulin to lower blood sugar.

ELDERFLOWER Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

Possibly Effective for:

  • Treating sinusitis when taken with gentian root, verbena, cowslip flower, and sorrel. Taking a specific combination product containing elderflower, gentian root, verbena, cowslip flower, and sorrel (SinuComp, Sinupret) seems to help treat swollen sinuses.

Insufficient Evidence for:

  • Bronchitis.
  • Cold.
  • Flu.
  • Cough.
  • Hoarseness (laryngitis).
  • Diabetes.
  • Arthritis-like pain.
  • Constipation.
  • Swelling (inflammation).
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of elderflower for these uses.


ELDERFLOWER Side Effects & Safety

Elderflower is LIKELY SAFE when used in amounts found in foods. Elderflower seems to be safe for most people when used in small amounts as part of a combination product containing elderflower, sorrel, gentian root, verbena, and cowslip flower (SinuComp, Sinupret). There isn't enough information to know if elderflower is safe when used in medicinal amounts other than as part of the combination product. The combination product can cause digestive system upset and occasionally allergic skin rash.

Not enough is known about the safety of applying elderflower directly to the skin.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of elderflower during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Diabetes: There is a concern that elderflower might lower blood sugar levels. If taken with diabetes medications, it might make blood sugar levels go too low. If you have diabetes and use elderflower, be sure to monitor your blood sugar levels carefully. Check with your healthcare provider to see if the dose of diabetes medications you are taking needs to be lowered.

Surgery: Elderflower might lower blood sugar levels. There is some concern that it might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop using elderflower at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

ELDERFLOWER Interactions What is this?

Moderate Interaction Be cautious with this combination

  • Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs) interacts with ELDERFLOWER

    Elderflower can decrease blood sugar levels. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking elderflower along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to be too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.

    Some medications used for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others.


ELDERFLOWER Dosing

The following doses have been studied in scientific research:

BY MOUTH:

  • For new (acute) or ongoing (chronic) sinus swelling (sinusitis): a specific combination product (SinuComp, Sinupret) containing 36 mg of elderflower plus 12 mg of gentian root, and 36 mg each of sorrel, verbena, and cowslip flower three times daily.

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