Elderberry – Sambucus nigra
Elderberry, the fruit of the elder tree, a magical ancient friend woven into folklore all over Europe. Known as a medicine chest for the people, elder gives generous medicine, especially in her abundant flowers and berries. Elderberry is one of our most potent anti-viral plant medicines. Brew the berries in autumn into a sweet syrup known as elderberry rob and you have medicine to get you through the winter cold and flu season. The glossy black surface of the syrup is reminiscent of a black obsidian scrying mirror. Use elderberry to turn inwards, meditating on the inner wisdom of the wise crone within us all.