Witch Herb of The Day:
Latin name: Sambucus
Good for/against: metabolism, common cold, fever
Internal use: Cooked berries enhance metabolism and are used to combat sciatica and rheumatism. The syrup is beneficial to the throat during a cold. Helps to suppress fever during the flu.
External use: An infusion of the blossoms soothes and cleanses the skin. Compresses and facial masks combat wrinkles and are also good for mild sunburn. A decoction is helpful in cleaning suppurating wounds.
In tea: Tea from blossoms strengthens the immune system.
In food: May replace raisins when baking a cake.
Extra use: Has softening, healing and cleansing properties when added to a bath. Also suitable as a lotion for removing skin blemishes.
Animal Use: Bunched, bruised leaves above a door or window will keep mosquitoes at bay. Wreathes of branches are hung around horses’ heads to keep pesky flies at a distance.
When to use: Fresh or frozen