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5946RE: [SCA-Herbalist] Elderberries

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  • Sydney Walker Freedman
    Mar 1, 2007
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      This book might have more information on period sources.
      http://www.oxbowbooks.com/bookinfo.cfm/ID/55192
      Gotta love Oxbow! :)

      Pax Christi,
      Lady Cecilia de Cambrige

      > I have a reference in A Reference Guide to Medicinal Plants by John K.
      > Crellin & Jane Philpott. They reference Gerard saying Galen "saith that
      > it is of a drying quality, gluing and moderately digesting: & it hath
      > not only these faculties, but others also for the barkes, the first
      > buds, flowers and fruit of the elder, do not only drie, but also heat,
      > and have withal a purging qualitie." Gerard (1597 pp. 1233 - 1235).
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      > Subject: Re: [SCA-Herbalist] Elderberries
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      > I hope to have enough blossoms this year to try some of the yummy uses
      > for them. But for now what is driving me nuts are all the herbal
      > "health" sites that I am finding that blithely say that elderberries
      > were used as remedies in medieval times, but then DON'T give a medieval
      > text reference! Argh! I guess I can extrapolate that since the flowers
      > were known and used (which I can prove with the recipes) and there are
      > myths about the bush and so many references to the use of the berry
      > syrup as a "medieval remedy", then it was probably used in our period.
      > But I sure would like ONE actual period textual reference. Sigh.
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      Pax Christi,
      Sydney
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