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Product: Elderberry Powder
Latin Name: Sambucus nigra
Plant Family: Adoxaceae
Other Names: Black Elder, Common Elder, Pipe Tree, Bore Tree, Bour Tree, Lady Ellhorn, Whistle Tree, Old Lady, Hylder, Hylantree, Eldrum, Ellhorn, Hollunder, Sabuco, Sabugo & Sureau.
Description: It is a deciduous shrub or small tree growing to 4–6 m (rarely to 10 m) tall. The bark, light grey when young, changes to a coarse grey outer bark with lengthwise furrowing. The leaves are arranged in opposite pairs, 10–30 cm long, pinnate with five to seven (rarely nine) leaflets, the leaflets 5–12 cm long and 3–5 cm broad, with a serrated margin. The flowers of the elder are borne in clusters approximately 10–25 cm in diameter they are creamy white in colour and give off a characteristic odour, which some people say smells ‘catty’. The individual flowers in the cluster are between 5–6 mm in diameter, with five petals. Fruit is berry like drupe, 5-6mm in diameter and dark purpley-black in colour.
SUGGESTED USEElderberry powder can be used to dye wool and fabric in shades of blue through to purple depending on the mordant used. It can also be used as a hair rinse to darken the colour of dark hair, the rinse will blacken the hair temporarily. Add to syrups, cordials and vinegars to be used as soothing robs and drinks during the winter months.
SHELF LIFEShelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.
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