NAME : ELDER
GAELIC NAME : TROM
LATIN NAME : Sambucus nigra
COMMON / FOLK NAMES : Black Elder
Black-berry European Elder
Frau Holle (German)
Rob Elder Sureau
Tree of Doom
Yakori bengeskro (Romany-Devil's Eye)
MEDICINAL PART : Root
PLACE OF ORIGIN : Ireland & Europe.
HABITAT : It is found in moist, shady places and among underbrush, also
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
Bark and Root :
Leaves and Shoots :
Caution -: The
are not to be eaten raw and the fresh juice is not to be used.
(unless you enjoy vomiting and diarrhoea).
Call on the Gods Dagda and and Nuada for exorcism rituals,
Lugh and Diancecht
for healing rituals, Airmid for natural herbal healing,
Lugh for Sleep.
Etain and Macha for fertility and
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.
and Legends associated with Elder
and the Phantoms