Folk Names: Alhuren, Battree, Boure Tree, Bour Tree, Eldrum, Ellhorn, Frau Holle (German), Hildemoer (German), Hollunder (German), Hylder, Lady Ellhorn, Old Gal, Old Lady, Pipe Tree, Rob Elder, Sureau (French), Sweet Elder, Tree of Doom, Yakori Bengeskro (Romany-Devil's Eye)
Deities: Holda, Venus
Powers: Exorcism, Protection, Healing, Prosperity, Sleep
Ritual Uses: The elder was used in burial rites in ancient British long barrows. It is sacred to many Mother Goddess figures, due to its white flowers. Witches and spirits were thought to live within the elder; this was why it "bled" red sap when cut. Before felling an elder the following formula was recited: Lady Ellhorn, give me of thy wood, And I will give thee of mine, When I become a tree. This is recited kneeling before the tree, prior to making the first cut, and allows the Witch or spirit within the tree time to vacate.
Magical Uses: If worn, elder wards off attackers of every kind. Hung over doorways and windows it keeps evil from the house. It also has the power to force an evil The Herbs magician to release any enchantments or spells they may have cast against you. The berries, when carried, protect against evil and negativity. Grown in the garden, elder protects the household against the ravages of sorcery, and shields it from lightning. To bless a person, place, or thing, scatter the leaves and berries of the elder to the four winds in the name of the person or object to be blessed. Then scatter some more elder over the person or object itself, and it is done. To lose a fever, poke an elder twig into the ground while keeping completely silent. Toothaches may be alleviated by chewing on an elder twig, and then placing it into the wall while saying: Depart thou evil spirit! Toothaches were once thought to be caused by evil spirits. To prevent rheumatism, tie a twig of elder into three or four knots and carry in the pocket. Warts can be cured by rubbing them with a green elder twig and then burying it to rot in the mud. Grown near the home, the elder gives prosperity to the household, and the sticks placed about the house protect against robbers and snakes. Elder is used at weddings to bring good luck to the couple, and pregnant women kiss the tree for good fortune for the coming baby. Place elderberries beneath your pillow if you have difficulty sleeping. They'll allow you to slumber peacefully. Carry elder to preserve you against the temptation to commit adultery. Make flutes from the branches and call forth spirits with their music. Best done at midnight in a deserted place far from the haunts of humans. Many think it dangerous to burn elder wood, and some Gypsies strictly forbade its use as a firewood. However, magicians have used its wood in fashioning magic wands for centuries.
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Bought this for a couple reasons. Very impressed with the quality.
Bought this herb to try in a magical mulled wine recipe & it did not disappoint. What a treat this beautiful herb is!