Latin Name : Sambucus Ebulus
Origin Country: Romania
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.
To make an infusion, place 1 teaspoon of dried root in a tea infuser or teapot or mug for each cup of tea you intend to brew. Cover with boiling water. Place on the lid (or cover your cup with a saucer).
Allow the mixture to steep for 10' to 15' minutes or overnight.
Then strain the tea and serve.
Add if you want honey, milk or lemon wedge for flavour.
Decoction: In a pot, bring 3 cups of cold water, 1-2 teaspoons of root to a simmer.
Gently decoct (simmer) for 30 minutes.
Strain out herbs and return liquid to pot.
Add if you want one spoonful of honey at a time and dissolve over very low heat until you reach desired sweetness.
Using this plant in large amounts can cause bloody diarrhea, vomiting, dizziness, and headache. It can also cause unconsciousness, breathing problems, and death.
In overdose the plant is toxic. Prolonged chewing can cause heavy salivation, nausea and vomiting.
Cause this particular plant comes with some major warnings, should not be taken by anyone without the guidance of a practitioner knowledgeable in its use such as a licensed naturopathic doctor or registered herbalist."