Sambucus nigra is a variety of the elder tree native to UK, Europe, North Africa and Western Asia and has naturalised in many forested and temperate parts of the world.
They are popular ornamental shrubs, valued for their flowers and berries, both of which are popular in drinks, food and traditional medicines.
Elder has been called ‘people's medicine chest’ by many of the nations using its fruit, flowers and various ointments made from them.
The herb is astringent and contains a substance called eldrin, a bioflavonoid also known as rutin or vitamin P.
Vitamin P is important for proper functioning of our blood vessels and helps to soothe weak capillaries and prevent bleeding. This vitamin is known to support our natural immune system, act as a natural anti-inflammatory agent, aid in wound healing and in the absorption of vitamin C.
Extracting elderflowers into vinegar adds stimulating and acidic properties to the herb. In our Ayesha fresh face mask, it helps to balance the pH of the skin, which is naturally acidic.
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