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ELDER

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NAME :  ELDER


GAELIC NAME : TROM

 

LATIN NAME : Sambucus nigra

COMMON / FOLK NAMES :
Black Elder Black-berry European Elder Boor Tree Bountry Ellanwood Ellhorn European Elder German Elder Alhuren Battree Boure Tree Bour Tree Eldrum Ellhorn Frau Holle (German) Hildemoer (German) Hollunder (German) Hylder Lady Ellhorn Old Gal Old Lady Pipe Tree Rob Elder  Sureau (French) Sweet Elder Tree of Doom Yakori bengeskro (Romany-Devil's Eye)

MEDICINAL PART : Root Bark Young shoots Leaves Flowers Fruit

PLACE OF ORIGIN : Ireland & Europe.

HABITAT : It is found in moist, shady places and among underbrush, also cultivated.

DESCRIPTION : Black elder may take the form of a shrub or small tree, 10 to 30 feet high. The bark is light brown near the bottom of the stem, gray-white higher up, somewhat torn and stippled with warts. The leaves are opposite, odd-pinnate; the leaflets ovate, acuminate, finely serrate, dark green.

FLOWERING PERIOD : In June and July black elder sports cymes of white to yellow-white flowers, which develop into berries that turn from green through red-brown to shiny black.

PROPERTIES

Bark and Root : Diuretic Emetic Purgative
Leaves and Shoots : Diuretic
Flowers : Diaphoretic  
Fruit : Aperient

Caution -: The berries are not to be eaten raw and the fresh juice is not to be used.

(unless you enjoy vomiting and diarrhoea).

Medical Properties of Irish Herbs, Trees & Fungi

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MAGICAL PROPERTIES

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ELDER : Sambucus canadensis.

GENDER : Feminine.

PLANET : Venus.

ELEMENT : Water.

CELTIC GODS : Lugh Dagda Diancecht Nuada

CELTIC GODDESS : Airmid Banba Etain Macha Druantia Áine

POWERS : Exorcism Protection Healing Prosperity Sleep

CELTIC MONTH : Makes up days of the 13th month

OGHAM LETTER : R ruis

 

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RITUAL USES
Call on the Gods Dagda and and Nuada for exorcism rituals, 

Lugh and Diancecht for healing rituals, Airmid for natural herbal healing, 

Aine for prosperity.  

Lugh for Sleep. 

Etain and Macha for fertility and prosperity.

MAGICAL USES

Wear for protection, and place bunches of twigs around the house for protection.  

An Elder tree growing on your land protects it from negative energy and lightning attacks.  

Use in magic wands to ward off evil attacks.

 

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Magical Properties ; Magical Powers of Irish Herbs, Trees & Fungi

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Stories, Myths and Legends associated with Elder

Finn and the Phantoms

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