Sambucus spp., elderberry or elder, can be found throughout the Pacific Northwest. It is recognizable by its large leaves that are divided into 5-7 leaflets and its white foul-smelling flowers that grow in a cluster. In the summer bright red to dark berries, depending on species, form. Medicinally both the berry and the flower are used; however, raw berries can cause nausea or vomiting, so they should be cooked or dried before consuming. The berries and flowers are best known for their effects on the immune system and work by stimulating the production of cytokines, small cell-signaling proteins, that activate white blood cells to fight infection.
If you’re interested in learning more about medicinal plants in this area, attend one of Thrive’s free Medicinal & Edible Plant Walks. Kids are welcome. Space is limited.
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- Wednesday, July 20th from 7:00-8:00 p.m.
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