The Elderberry tree was once known as "nature's medicine chest", with its flowers and berries providing remedies for most common complaints.
The folks of old were onto something. Recent studies have indeed shown that a standardized extract of the Elderberry fruit neutralizes and reduces the infectiousness of some flu viruses and hsv-1, and more studies are expected.
For skin care however, we are most interested in harnessing the beautifying qualities of this plant's tannin-rich flowers. In the 18th century Elderberry flower water was much praised as a skin whitener and freckle remover.
Although these skin lightening effects have not been greatly studied, Elderberry flowers are gently stimulating to the epidermis and high in astringent tannins, making them useful for skin firming, wound healing and toning applications.
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