Danewort health benefits (Sambucus ebulus Fam. Caprifoliaceae)Popular names: Dane Weed, Danesblood, Dwarf Elder or European Dwarf Elder and Walewort.
Traditionally: in the past the danewort leaves were used to color.
In popular medicine, the danewort was one of the most important plants. The decoct of the root was kept in the mouth for tooth aches.
For colds and rheumatics, general or local baths were taken, using boiled decoct of a kettle, than poured in the bath tub. In Ialomita the person suffering from cold was washed or "steamed" until he/she started sweating heavily. While steaming, leaves of danewort were placed on a sheet, the sick person was placed on it and covered with a thick blanket. The sick person would fall into a deep sleep, sweated heavily and then regained conscience and health.
The decoct was used to wash swellings, rheumatics, sprains, infected wounds and using the rest, they applied bandages. They boiled the danewort root, combined with blackwort, motherwort and burdock roots, then placed rye flower, black pepper, oil and wheat bran on them, and the resulting mixture was used for cataplasms for back and lower back pain.
The root mixed with brandy was a cure for constipation, being a drastic, dangerous abstergent.
The tea from the leaves was administered, in Vrancea, to children against cramps and the more concentrated decoct against roundworms. The root or leaves decoct was used against ascites.
The ground beans or roots were boiled until it was reduced to a quarter of the initial amount and 3 small glasses a day were drunk; or baked beans were boiled with 500 g sugar until o marmalade was obtained; it was placed in a clean pot. Other 500 g of beans were placed in 500 ml alcohol or good brandy and let in a warm place for a few days. The sick person would take a teaspoon of marmalade and a small glass of the brandy mixed with the beans.
The tea from danewort leaves or decoct in water or wine, mixed with other plants, was used against gonorrhea.
A bunch of danewort plants was placed on the chest of those who fell ill of pulmonary tuberculosis.
Chemical composition of danewort- volatile oil, resins, tartaric acid, malic acid, saponins, a blue pigment and bitter substances. It has the same properties as elder, only that more powerful.
Preparation:- 1 teaspoon of root is placed in 500 ml water. Boil for 5 minutes, then filter. It can be consumed throughout the day, this amount is the maximum allowed.
- 1 teaspoon of ground leaves are placed in 500 ml boiling water. Cover for 10 minutes then filter. Consume 250-300 ml tea throughout the day.
- the fruit tincture is prepared the same as the elder one but drink only half the amount because this is more powerful.
Everything that is said about elder applies to this plants, but the amounts to be used are a lot smaller because it is more active than the elder. It is used for the same purposes as the elder.
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