Winter is not done with us yet, thankfully spring is around the corner!

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I don't often get unwell...but post a busy few weeks with really late nights, the flu got a hold of me. It's always a sharp reminder just how horrid it is to finally get sick. Well over 30 children off at my kids local school- so the flu is certainly doing the rounds!

A few days in bed, not eating, and fevering away were not the best. I savoured the hot tonics and easy to administer viral support that was the Immunity Tonic and  Defense Elixir. I'm on day 6 now and am starting to feel alive again. I'll take that as a quick recovery.

Elderberry has a long traditional use in the treatment and recovery from influenza, with reported antiviral activity against both influenza and herpes simplex (Zakey-Rones et al.  2004). Zakey-Rones (et al. 2004) ran a clinical trial using oral elderberry syrup for treating influenza A and B infections. Symptoms were relieved on average 4 days earlier and use of rescue medication was significantly less in those receiving elderberry extract compared with placebo. Therefore they concluded Elderberry extract seems to offer an efficient, safe and cost-effective treatment for influenza. 

Sambucus nigra (Elderberries- wild harvested from the Taieri plains in Otago)

Used alongside medical advice and other support if necessary the use of Elderberry and other herbs certainly can help support our bodies through times of illness such as the flu.

  • I took some serious rest...bed for 2 days!
  • Plenty of liquids...water, broth and hot tonics.
  • Regular dosing of Immunity tonic- (5 x 10ml daily) especially for first 3 days
  • Some High Dose Vit C
  • I used the Throat spray to ease my serious sore throat
  • The sun was shining yesterday so I went and sat outside lapping up the vitamin D

Feeling ready now to get back to the to do's and action packed family life. Even made it down to our local botanic gardens today to lap up some more sunshine and slowly get the body moving again. Spring is not feeling too far away!

I've added a discount code for our winter collection of formulations: The Immunity  Tonic, Chest Tonic, Firecider, Defence Elixir and Throat spray...just in case the flu or a cold gets you too!

Use- FLUSEASON for 25% off winter products until the 1st of September and the start of spring!



AdviceUse as directed. Discontinue if any irritation arises. If symptoms persist see your health care professional. 


Zakay-Rones Z1Thom EWollan TWadstein J. (2004)  Randomized study of the efficacy and safety of oral elderberry extract in the treatment of influenza A and B virus infections. The Journal of International Medical Research: Mar-Apr;32(2):132-40.

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  • Posted on by Katherine Ryder

    Hi Guys, just read Ruth’s article – i too succumbed to this horrid flu, im not one to normally get sick but this knocked me around. A week and a half off work, confined to bed with fever & the cough that would wake the dead! Thanks to Wild Dispensary & your wonderful chest tonic and throat spray, providing much relief for not only me but also the othrr family members that had to listen to me! Im now off to purchase your immunity tonic and hope that my flu is kicked into touch. Thanks again for your amazing product!

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