What is elderflower?


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Elderflower is a flower of a tree that features extract used to treat a variety of medical issues. It can also be used in foods and beverages as a flavoring component or in manufacturing as a perfume.

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Elderflower has been found to treat swollen sinuses whenever it is taken with gentian root, verbena, sorrel and cowslip flower. Taken alone, it may be able to treat bronchitis, cold, flu, cough, laryngitis, diabetes, arthritis, constipation and generalized inflammation. It can also be used to increase sweating, increase urine output and stop excessive bleeding. Elderflower can cause skin rashes and digestive distress. It should not be used while pregnant or breastfeeding due to insufficient evidence surrounding its uses and side effects.

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