Elderberry and Elderflower

Sambucus nigra- Elderberry

The Botanical name for Elderberry and Elderflower: Sambucus nigra

Parts of Elderberry and Elderflower used for Wild Dispensary tonics: Berries and flowers

What is Elderberry and Elderflower used for? Elderberry has been used to help with winter ills and chills and symptoms of common cold. It helps protect the respiratory tract from infections and supports the body’s immunity.

Elderberry reportedly works by increasing the release of the production of inflammatory cytokines (IL-1b, TNF-a, IL-6, IL-8) this is important as this is when the body starts to fight a virus - and it signals the start of our immunity fighting. (Cytokines are proteins that act like messengers within our immune system, and then help activate a response)

A study showed that in addition to its antiviral properties, Elderberry Extract activates our healthy immune system by increasing inflammatory cytokine production to fight the virus and to try and keep us well.

Another way elderberry works against viruses is that the bioflavonoids that elderberries are rich in actually help to inhibit the action of an enzyme the virus uses to pierce our cell walls (therefore stopping the virus’ penetration into the cell). Elderberries are amazing as the work to reduce the viral and inflammatory load our body carries when we start to/or are sick.

Wild Dispensary products with Elderberry or Elderflower: Immunity Tonic, Switchel, and Vira Defence Elixir


Thymus vulgaris- Wild Thmye Central Otago

The Botanical name for Thyme: Thymus vulgaris

Parts of Thyme used for Wild Dispensary tonics: Leaves and flowers

What does Thyme act as? Spasmolytic, Expectorant

What is Thyme used for? Effectively the plant Thyme, needs its own immune system and that is the production of this constituent thymol. Thymol is a powerful deterrent to other invading plants, bacteria, viruses or fungi and by harvesting this plant we too benefit from it’s ‘immunity and protection’

Thymol is both antibacterial, antiviral and has been used traditionally for years in Europe in order to help with winter ills and chills, bronchitis, coughs, sore throats and runny noses as well as helping to act as a:

Wild Dispensary products with Thyme: Chest Tonic, Firecider, Defence Throat Spray and Vira Defence Elixir


Rosa rubiginosa- Rosehips

The Botanical name for Rosehip: Rosa rubiginosa

Parts of Rosehip used for Wild Dispensary tonics:  Hips

What does Rosehip act as? Natural source of vitamin C, Rich in antioxidants and Flavonoids

What is Rosehip used for? Immune supportive, anti-inflammatory effects.

It can support skin repair and adrenal support.

 Wild Dispensary products with Rosehips: Daily Boost Tonic and Firecider

Californian poppy

Eschscholzia californica- Californian poppy


The Botanical name for Californian poppy: Eschscholzia californica

Parts of Californian poppy used for Wild Dispensary tonics: Leaves, flower, seeds, roots

What does Californian poppy act as? Anti-anxiety, nervine, mild sedative, pain relief. For relaxing, analgesic, antispasmodic, anxiolytic, hypnotic.

What is Californian poppy used for? 

It supports nerve pain management, teeth, headache, Insomnia,
anxiety, emotional stress, panic attacks.

Californian poppy is a bitter herb that helps to relax your body’s muscles. It is used for physical pain and is outstanding reliever for all types of nerve related pains – neuralgia, shingles, toothache, headache, menstrual cramps, sciatica. 

It can help with insomnia, and anxiety, panic attacks, emotional stress, sensitive and hyperactive nervous systems. It is non addictive. It works incredibly well with children when they are unwell to help support sleep, calm and rest.

Wild Dispensary products with Californian poppy: Rest and Calm, Rest and Calm Kids,  and Chest Tonic


Crataegus monogyna- Hawthorn

The Botanical name for Hawthorn: Crataegus laevigata/monogyna

Parts of Hawthorn used for Wild Dispensary tonics: Berries and young leaves

What is Hawthorn used for? Hawthorn supports the cardiovascular system. It can help with the fight or flight responses from stress and anxiety. It is well studied and has been shown to help the heart by working on the force of the heart contractions. It helps improve tissue circulation, traditionally used for high blood pressure, Raynaud’s disease and heart issues.

 Wild Dispensary products with Hawthorn: Mood Boost 

St Johns Wort

Hypericum perforatum- St Johns Wort

The Botanical name for St Johns Wort: Hypericum perforatum

Parts of St Johns Wort used for Wild Dispensary tonics: Flowers, leaves, stems

What does St Johns Wort act as? Uplifting, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic (topically), anti viral, anxiolytic, astringent, digestive, liver protective, nervine, relaxant, vulnerary

What is St Johns Wort used for? St Johns Wort helps the epithelial cells within the skin to regenerate quicker and more efficiently – this makes it a great plant for scars, wounds, grazes etc

It helps with adrenal fatigue, low mood, viral infections (chicken pox etc) nerve issues (fibromyalgia, sciatica). It helps with nervous tension, ulcerations, itchy bites, and physical pain (growing pains).

 Wild Dispensary products with Hawthorn:  Golden Skin Oil and a New Product coming soon


Marrubium vulgare- White Horehound
The Botanical name for White horehound: Marrubium vulgare

Parts of White horehound used for Wild Dispensary tonics: Leaves

What does White horehound act as? Spasmolytic, Expectorant, bitter

What is white horehound used for? White horehound has a long history for helping with coughs. It is recognised as an official medicine in pharmacopoeias in many different countries. It holds anti inflammatory actions, plus is a very good antioxidant. It is used to help mucus more fluid (and therefore easier to dispel, and helps to relax the muscles that assist with breathing.

Wild Dispensary products with White horehound:  Chest Tonic,  Defence Throat Spray and Vira Defence Elixir

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