Elderberry is a shrub in which all of its parts – flowers, bark, leaves, fruit and roots – have healing qualities. The flowers treat colds and respiratory conditions. They help ease airway inflammation and are a great remedy for the flu, coughs and bronchitis. They lower temperature, treat inflammation of the urinary tract, cleanse the body and rid it of toxins and uric acid that is responsible for rheumatism and gout. Elderberry leaves are used for joint problems too. The root can be prepared as an extract or decoction. Try elderberry vinegar – put two handfuls of its flowers into two pints of vinegar and let rest for 14 days in the sun. Pour off and use.