05
Elder

Sambucus nigra

Elder is one of the most powerful trees in mythology. Judas is said to have hanged himself from an elder tree – the 14th century Anglo-Norman work “The Travels of Sir John Mandeville” speaks of the: “tree of eldre that judas henge himself upon, for despeyr that he hadde, when he solde and betrayed oure lord.”

As a consequence elder has traditionally become associated with ill-fortune and bad spirits – to cut down elder is to be plagued by the demons that live in the tree and many woodcutters would refuse to chop the tree. In many cultures to burn elder logs is to invite the devil into your home. Conversely to plant an elder next to a bakehouse will prevent the devil from being folded into the bread dough!

Elder

Discover the 22 Botanicals

apple mint

01

Apple mint

chamomile

02

Chamomile

Creeping thistle flower used in the botanist gin

03

Creeping thistle

Downy Birch

04

Downy Birch

Elder flower

05

Elder

Gorse

06

Gorse (Whin)

Hawthorn

07

Hawthorn

Heather

08

Heather

Juniper

09

Juniper

lady's bedstraw

10

Lady’s bedstraw

Lemon Balm

11

Lemon Balm

meadowsweet

12

Meadowsweet

Mugwort

13

Mugwort

Red clover

14

Red clover

Spear mint

15

Spear mint

Sweet cicely

16

Sweet cicely

Bog Myrtle (Sweet Gale)

17

Bog myrtle – Sweet gale

Tansy

18

Tansy

water mint

19

Water mint

White Clover

20

White clover

Wild thyme

21

Wild Thyme

wood sage

22

Wood sage

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