Elderberry | Sambucus nigra | Wildharvested


Elderberry is primarily used for colds & flu and its constituents have been trailled on several strains of cold and flu sucessfully. Several studies and a meta-analysis have found treatment with elderberry substantially reduces upper respiratory symptoms, i.e. colds (2) with very low side-effects.

Elderberry can be used as a prevantative or early on in the onset of symptoms or as this study tested within 48 hours of symptoms it reduces the time spent unwell by 4 days (3).

Elderberry appears to have antiviral actions inhibiting the replicaton of viruses when tested against H1N1 (4).

Elderberry is found in our Immunity tea as well as our Gone Viral tonic. Elderberry can be made into a syrup and stored refrigerated.

All of our teas are organic or wild harvested from natural surroundings. Enjoy!

This information is for educational purposes. Please do not self-treat disease using herbs alone. Always consult with a qualified & registered herbalist and inform your doctor and pharmacist about your use of herbal remedies.


  1.  Fisher, C, 2009
  2. Black Elderberry (Sambucus Nigra) Supplementation Effectively Treats Upper Respiratory Symptoms: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized, Controlled Clinical Trials. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, Volume 42, February 2019. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0965229918310240?via%3Dihub
  3. Randomized Study of the Efficacy and Safety of Oral Elderberry Extract in the Treatment of Influenza A and B Virus Infections.  J Int Med Res. Mar-Apr 2004;32(2):132-40.  https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/147323000403200205
  4. Elderberry Flavonoids Bind to and Prevent H1N1 Infection in Vitro. Phytochemistry. 2009 Jul;70(10):1255-61.    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0031942209002386?via%3Dihub
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Additional information


Dried Elderberry


Flavonoids – quercetin, hyperoside, rutin, Anthocyanins, Cyanogenic glycosides – sambunigrin, Vitamins A, C




This herb has GRAS rating {Generally Recognised as Safe}. Herbs should generally be avoided when pregnant or trying to concieve. Please consult with a qualified practitioner before self-prescribing.


Steep 1 teaspoon of herb for 10-20 minutes. Elderberry may be brought to the boil and simmered. Reuse the tea 2-3 times until it is spent. Drink 1-3 times daily.


30 grams, 50 grams, 100 grams

Country of origin

Native to the Europe and UK. Dried herb harvested in Canterbury, New Zealand subject to availability.