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Elderberry

Sambucus Nigra

The berries yeild delicious wine and jam. Pharmacologists question the usefulness of elderberry flower tea as an expectorant, but find more likely its efficacy in promoting sweating. The bark and roots produce a black dye, the leaves a green dye, and the berries a purple coloring.

The leaves, bark, and roots of some elders, including American elder, contain poisonous alkaloidss and should not be used internally.

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