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Show 3: Protecting Boundaries with Elderberry and Flower

Show 3: Protecting Boundaries With Elderberry And Flower

The elder tree and its medicine is surrounded by myth, some of which is rooted in fact and some of which is pure fantasy. In this episode we’ll talk a little about the mythic properties of elder, how it protects boundaries physically and spiritually, and then go on to cover the modern day myths perpetuated in a variety of sources online and in print. We’ll also cover practical tips on using elderberry and flower as well as growing elder.

Topics discussed included:

  • Botanical names and distinctions
  • Properties of black, blue/black, and red elderberry and flower
  • Toxicity
  • Mythic attributes
  • Gardening and growing
  • Modern medicinal uses
  • Animal care

For further information on Elder, search The Practical Herbalist using the search term “Elder.”


In August, 2014, Natural News published an article online claiming that Ebola can be prevented and treated with a homemade remedy they called homeopathic. After a lot of complaints, they took the article down, stating that further review was needed. NY Daily News published a subsequent news article entitled “Website Claims to Treat Ebola with Natural Remedy” in which they reported on and reprinted the details of the remedy from the Natural News article. We discussed the original article and the fallacies of the author’s facts as well as the responsibilities publishers bear in reporting herbal information accurately. We also discussed the importance of doing research and checking sources before trying any herbal remedy.

Herbal 101

Herbalists use a variety of terms to describe the properties of herbs. We discussed pH, what it stands for and why it’s important to canning as well as a healthy diet. For further information on pH, see Putting Food By: Fifth Edition or the National Center for Home Food Preservation website.

Patrick Hunter

Patrick has been practicing herbalism and homesteading at home for over a decade. His favorite homesteading activities include woodworking, jamming, and roasting and brewing fine coffees. He also loves taekwondo and gaming with his son. He owns and operates Hunter Creation, provider of many graphic design services, including website design, web hosting, and graphic design.

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