All About: Elderflower Tea

WHAT IT IS: Elderflower is, as you might guess, a flower of the elder tree. The flower can be used in tea either fresh or dried.

WHAT IS IN IT: Essential fatty acids; calcium; vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, and C; phytochemicals.

WHAT IT DOES: Elderflower has been known to reduce mucus in the lungs and nasal area, as well as treat asthma, cough, bronchitis, and more. The real key is that it contains many immune-boosting properties that will help treat winter colds, flus, and fevers. Elderflower tea helps remove toxins in the body by making you sweat and urinate more often.

HOW MUCH TO USE: Use three to four grams of elder flowers with every five ounces of hot water. Drink one to two times daily to help with ailments.

POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS: Diarrhea and nausea.

FINAL NOTE: Use a trusted source for your elderflower. The plant can contain a chemical related to cyanide and can harm you if used incorrectly.

TRUSTED SOURCES: Alvita Tea Organic Elder Flower Tea, 24 tea bags, $5, alvita.com // Good Nature Organic Elderflower Tea, 20 tea bags, $6, goodnaturetea.com