Elderberry (Sambucas Nigra)


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whole herb :: dried :: fruit :: one ounce

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the personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself :: anais nin

Drooping branches nestle umbrels of delicate white flowers that morph into a canopy of deep purple fruits, offering a tiny treat to hungry birds and sweet nutritive nectar to its gatherer.


latin name Sambucas nigra traditional chinese medicine Jie Gu Mu other common names elder part fruit color purple, black form dried properties anti-inflammatory, antiviral, decongestant, diaphoretic, febrifuge, nutritive energetics cooling, drying sacred/magical powers guardian, ward off evil spirits, protection, divination, prosperity, purification chakra fifth, throat warnings all parts of plant are mildly toxic and can induce nausea from residual compounds of stem and bark; berries should be dried before preserving constituents bioflavonoids, tannin, amino acids, carotenoids, vitamin A, B and C meridians/systems lung, kidney, bladder, immunity

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Single herbs consist of whole plant parts, as noted, and are not cut/sifted or processed into powders, pills or blends.  You will receive whole flowers and leaves or stems and roots rough cut to +/- 1″, packaged in a biodegradable pouch.  Herbs do not include usage/preparation information, as they are intended for professional herbalists and customers who have the knowledge necessary to safely prepare their own formulas.

Plants can be powerful medicinal allies, when used responsibly.  Creating a relationship with their vital energy ensures a symbiotic partnership that can offer a spiritual connection to our emotional healing and physical well-being.  Although most herbal preparations are safe and effective, it is important to note that there may be potential side effects and individual results may vary.  Please consult your licensed herbalist or health care provider and do your own research before you place your order, so that you may become an empowered, knowledgable and compassionate caretaker of our own body.

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OCTOBER FIELDS® Herbal Elderberry Syrup Recipe


  • 1 cup dried elderberries (approx 4oz)
  • 4 cups cold water (distilled, purified or spring)
  • 2 tsp dried ginger root
  • 2 tsp dried sage
  • 2 Tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 cup sweetener (raw agave or local maple syrup makes for a child friendly version; if sweetness is not desired, skip this ingredient)
  • 1 cup brandy (optional*)


  1. Bring to a boil: elderberries, herbs and water. 
  2. Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat, cover and steep for at least 1 hour.
  4. Using funnel, lined with muslin or cheesecloth, pour herbs and liquid into clean glass jar.  Extract remaining liquid by pressing with wooden spoon or by twisting/squeezing cloth (careful, liquids will be hot). 
  5. Compost herbs.
  6. Allow liquid to cool to touch, then stir in sweetener of choice.  
  7. * To increase shelf life add brandy.  Syrup does not need to be refrigerated if adding alcohol.  If you choose to skip this ingredient, store in refrigerator for up to 7 days.
  8. Cap tightly and store in cool, dry location. 


  1. Avoid non-stick and coated metal pots/utensils.
  2. Store finished product in glass with secure lid.
  3. Separate finished syrup into smaller bottles for work/travel/school (adult school, that is).
  4. Use fresh ingredients where possible.  It is okay to use dried elderberries, but if you have access to fresh ginger and aromatic herbs, use freely!
  5. Dose creatively!  Drizzle on oatmeal or add to sparkling water with a squeeze of citrus.

Serving size 1-2 tsp as needed


Additional information

Weight4 oz
Dimensions4 × 4 × 4 in

5 reviews for Elderberry (Sambucas Nigra)

  1. Megan

    Super fast shipping and the berries are exactly what I needed! So glad I could help support a small farm.

  2. Lindsay

    Amazing I love their products.

  3. Denise

    Second shipment of elderberries from this seller.Recieved both orders surprisingly fast.Would definitely order from them again.

  4. Heather

    Lightning fast shipping! Thank you! Xo

  5. Robin

    Packed well and shipped fast

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