Elder (Sambucus): Herb of the Year™ 2013 ~ Compiled by Karen OBrien

In 2013, we celebrate Elder
Sambucus spp. Herb of the Year™2013

The International Herb Association proudly presents a preview of our Herb of the Year™ Publication.

Its time to Respect your Elder in this collection featuring one of the herb worlds most useful plants. Elder has been revered since antiquity as a virtual medicine chest, prominent in folklore, its virtues used in numerous ways: to protect and heal, create tasty beverages and foods, and even entertain. Elder: Herb of the Year™ 2013 is brimming with facts on every facet of this plant including fragrance and flavor, botany and cultivation, lore and history, fun facts, poetry, crafts, medicinal information, and more. Sprinkled throughout the book are photographs and illustrations and there are recipes for the kitchen, bath and boudoir, and apothecary! This compilation contains 25 articles from 20 contributorsexperts, members, and friends of the IHA, as well as photographs and illustrations from a dozen artists, all inspired by Elder: Herb of the Year™ 2013.

The links to the right provide a preview of some Elderberry articles, recipes, and photographs from our upcoming publication.


Herb of the Year™ books are published annually by the International Herb Association.
All rights reserved. No portion of these books, text, prose, recipes, illustrations or photography, may be reproduced in any manner without written permission from the International Herb Association.

These books are intended as informational guides. The remedies, approaches and techniques described herein are meant to supplement, and not to be a substitute for professional medical care or treatment; please consult your health care provider.