Elderflower Essential Oil or CO2 Extract Total (Sambucus nigra)


Elderflower may also be referred to as Elder, Black Elder, European Elder, European Elderberry, European Black Elderberry. It is typically processed using steam or hydro distillation, or co2 select extraction as a method for extracting oil from the flowers.

Essential Facts

  • Aroma Description:

    Cool Exotic Floral Fresh Slightly sweet Soft

  • Common Name(s): Elder, Black Elder, European Elder, European Elderberry, European Black Elderberry
  • Botanical Family: Adoxaceae
  • Botanical Genus: Sambucus
  • Perfumery Note: Middle
  • Aroma chemistry: A bit of explanation of CO2 Extracts Total grade of CO2 extracts - these are extracts manufactured by using only CO2 as solvent... they contain the essential oil from the plant been processed + plant waxes. These are solid waxy products at room temperature and are soluble in carrier oils... A water bath at 50 cebtigrades will liquify them and make them suitable for inclusion in skin care and cosmetic formulations.  Select grade of CO2 extracts - in most of the cases these are extracts which have been made by adding organic ethanol as co-solvent during the extraction of the raw materials. The CO2 extracts made this way contain the volatile components /essential oils/ and are water and/or ethanol soluble. Lets say "food grade" and could be used as flavors... An example is utilization of Linden and Elderflower CO2 selective extracts in production of yogurt, for flavoring of mineral waters etc. Rose and Lavender selective CO2 extracts are an exception - both of them are produced by using only CO2 as solvent. They are lipid soluble and suitable for inclusion in skin care formulations...This particular extract is Total grade.
  • Indigenous Country: Bulgaria
  • Cultivation: Distiller is Certified Organic
  • Processing Methods: Steam or Hydro Distillation, or CO2 Select Extraction
  • Part Typically Used: Flowers
  • Shelf Life: 8 years
  • Ethically and sustainably sourced Ethically and sustainably sourced
  • Organic Organic
  • Vegan Vegan

Essential Details

Benefits & Uses

Therapeutic Benefits of Elderflower:

Anti-aging Anti-inflammatory


History of Elderflower:

The Latin word nigra means "black." This word refers to the deep dark color of the Elder's berries. Now, for the common name, you might think that Elder comes from the word "old." But it actually comes from the Anglo Saxon æld, meaning fire. This meaning springs from how the hollow stems of the Elder branches were used as bellows to blow air into a fire.

Traditional Folklore

Traditional Folklore of Elderflower:

In earlier days, the Elder was supposed to ward off evil influence and give protection from witches. This belief was widespread and held in widely-distant countries like Russia, a region in the Czech Republic called Bohemia, and the Mediterranean island of Sicily.

In Denmark, an old belief exists that a person who stood under an Elder on Midsummer Eve would see the King of Fairyland ride by, attended by his entourage. In Germany, clary sage and elderflowers together produced an additive to cheap wine to make it taste like muscatel.

Energetic, Spiritual, and Emotional Qualities