Latin Name : Sambucus Ebulus
Danewort is a herbaceous species of elder, native to central and southern Europe and southwest Asia, belonging to the Adoxaceae family. It is known as danewort, dane weed, European dwarf elder, walewort (foreigner plant), elderwort, dwarf elderberry and blood hilder. The plant has an unpleasant odor, stronger than Sampuco nigra and a bitter and nautical taste.
The commonly known phytochemical compounds from this plant are steroids, flavonoids, tannins, glycosides, caffeic acid derivatives, cardiac glycosides, ebulitins, ebulin 1, and volatile substances.
Dwarf elder preparations have shown anti-neoplastic, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, anti-cancer, anti-ulcerogenic and antioxidant activities. A blue dye and ink are obtained from this medicinal plant.
In addition, this medicinal plant has been used for a long time for
- Treating inflammation-related gastrointestinal disorders.
- Lung and kidney diseases.
- Influenza and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Wounds, insect and snake bites.