So Effective because we use the finest natural ingredients

Cherry Juice


RED CHERRIES: Anti inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, a natural source of melatonin which  helps regulate sleep cycles, CHERRIES are a good source of anti-aging anti-oxidant properties, helps reduce muscle pain, regulates blood sugar, lowers blood pressure.

Ceylon Cinnamon


*CEYLON CINNAMON OIL  -- (the good cinnamon) contains polyphenols and has anti-inflammatory properties. It can help regulate blood sugar,  is anti-fungal agent that fights both viral and bacterial infections and can fight against brain degeneration

Pineapple Juice


PINEAPPLE JUICE: Studies show it may contribute to cataract prevention, asthma prevention, and may help boost fertility, it may help fight cancer and heart disease, reduces bloating, helps ulcerative colitis, fights free radicals, and is a source of bromelian which helps osteoarthritis

Juiced Ginger


*GINGER -- an-anti-nausea, anti-inflammatory agent. Considered an immune-system booster, helps with digestive issue and is good for the skin GINGER also  reduces nausea, muscle pain, inflammation (relieves some joint pain and osteoarthritis), Lowers blood sugar, reduces menstrual pain, lowers cholesterol, may improve cognitive function, fights bacterial infection.

Organic Hibiscus Blossom


HIBISCUS:  Relieves menstrual cramps, improves digestion, lowers cholesterol, protects the liver, aids in weight loss, is an antidepressant, anti-inflammatory. Can stimulate menstruation in large dosages. In infusions, the topmost concentrations of Anti-Oxidants & Al, B, Cu, Fe, P, K, Mn, Ni, Zn It seems to be possibly one of the top contributors of B from food (up to 5.5±0.2 mg/L). The Mg contained in the infusion (up to 106±5 mg/L) A high amount of accessible Mn (up to 17.4±1.1 mg/L) In short, hibiscus tea was the tea that provided the most anti-oxidant properties.



Moringa: Loaded with anti-oxidants, reduces cholesterol & inflammation

GUAVA LEAF: Full of antioxidants, flavonoids quercetin, anti-inflammatory agents, antibacterials, and tannins that can help treating stomach troubles and aid in chronic diseases. Scientific studies have documented guava leaf helping with diarrhea, preventing fluctuation in blood sugar levels, reduction in cholesterol, improves cognitive function and promotes relaxation. (Guava leaves may also help with hair loss)Ground Hemp Seeds, 

HEMP: The ground seeds (which are present in small amounts, in several versions of this tea) contain all the amino acids to make it a complete source of plant-based protein -- rich in Omega 3’s and vitamin K, antioxidants. This helps reduce blood pressure.

Ground Green Matcha & Sencha Tea are loaded with anti-oxidants,  a metabolism booster and a source of cancer-fighting agents like L-theanine. GROUND GREEN TEA Provides slow-release caffeine, boosts memory and concentration. Fortifies immune system, promotes skin health and endurance.

Anti-Inflammatory Agents


Hibiscus. Turmeric, Milk thistle. Tamarind, Love for your liver!

 MILK THISTLE: Good to take with statins, protects the liver, is a neuro-protective that reduces amyloid plaque, which can assist Parkinsons and Alzhiemers, stimulates bone mineralization, can lower blood sugar levels, increase breast milk production, assists in gallbladder function and may protect from some types of mushroom poisoning

TURMERIC: Anti-inflammatory, neutralizes free radicals, increases brain-derived neurotropic factor, which reduces depression (test subjects showed improvement and results similar to prozac), improves memory and may even protect against Alzheimers, reduces heart disease, inhibited the growth of cancerous cell in laboratory animals, helps ease arthritis pain

TAMARIND: The well-studied benefits include its ability to reduce inflammation throughout the body, improve vision, boost respiratory health, heal skin conditions, and improve the digestive system. Tamarind also relieves pain, boosts the immune system, reduces fever, lowers cholesterol to improve the cardiovascular health, treats piles, may help prevent cancer, supports liver functions and protects against parasites and worms.

Organic Honey/Manuka Honey


*ORGANIC  HONEY --A good source of antioxidants called phenolic compounds. It has antibacterial and antifungal properties. It is filled with Phytonutrients and is known to soothe a sore throat. Organic honey is rich in anti-oxidants, lowers cholesterol and blood sugar, cough suppressant, promotes healing. Sweet and soothing.

Organic Manuka Honey, which we import from New Zealand has one of the highest anti-microbial and anti-biotic properties known to man, and it does not cause anti-biotic resistance.

Lemon Juice


*LEMON JUICE-- It is loaded with vitamin C, which the body can't store and must be replenished daily. LEMON JUICE also reduces calcification, kidney stones, promotes heart health, helps with absorption of minerals, fights disease. Some tests indicate that it may create an alkaline environment in the body, which is believed to inhibit cancer growth, although the tests have not proven conclusively that this is the case.



CAYENNE: Boosts Metabolism, lowers blood pressure, reduces muscle pain



* ELDERBERRIES: One of the best sources of polyphenols. High in anti-oxidants. An anti-inflammatory agent. Studies have shown polyphenols can help reverse artery damage, reduce the risk of cancer and gum disease and speed up recovery time when fighting a cold or flu. ELDERBERRIES are an anti-viral, anti-inflammatory agent, Scientifically proven to speed recovery from colds and flu — 90% of the elderberry test group were completely well again within 2 – 3 days compared to 6 days in the placebo group. See link to study below) Travelers who used elderberry for 10 days before travel and up to 5 days after arriving overseas experienced an average 2 day shorter duration of their colds, and a noticeable reduction in their symptoms. Extremely effective for runny noses and congestion. Anti-catarrhal herbs prevent excess mucous formation and aid in removing mucous and reducing inflammation in the body.  Helps with UTI’s  Increases nutrient uptake, reduces gas. Used  in ancient Egypt and Native American remedies for thousands of years.

CBD's have  been shown to reduce seizures, provide relief from anxiety and depression and muscular pain..  This is excerpted rom a New York Times Article:  “I’m a 30 y.o. male who has not experienced a single anxiety free day in my adult life,” wrote one user on a CBD forum on Reddit earlier this month. “About 3 weeks ago I started taking CBD- and I can’t even describe how amazing I feel. For the first time in 15+ years I feel happy and look forward to living a long life.”“CBD is the most promising drug that has come out for neuropsychiatric diseases in the last 50 years,” said Dr. Esther Blessing, an assistant professor at New York University School of Medicine, who is coordinating a study of CBD as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder and alcohol use disorder. “The reason it is so promising is that it has a unique combination of safety and effectiveness across of very broad range of conditions.”

The National Institutes of Health database lists about 150 of studies involving CBD as a treatment for conditions as varied as infantile spasms and Parkinson’s disease.

And the research has led to medical treatments. In June, the Food and Drug Administration approved a cannabidiol-based drug called Epidiolex as a treatment for severe forms of epilepsy, representing the first government-sanctioned medical use for CBD.

Preliminary research also indicates that CBD may be effective as an antipsychotic in reducing the symptoms of schizophrenia, with fewer side effects compared with current antipsychotic drugs, Dr. Blessing said.

Real VANILLA: Anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, mood elevator, anti-bacterial agent, fever reducer, lowers cholesterol

Magnesium Glycinate: Magnesium is called the “Miracle Mineral” because it is involved in practically every body function.  Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most common nutrient deficiencies today; It is estimated up to 80% of adults are deficient in magnesium because stress, alcohol, processed foods, antibiotics and other common medications quickly deplete this critical mineral, which is why our Wild Child Revitalizing Elixir is a great source of Magnesium Glycinate.



B-COMPLEX (INCLUDING THIAMINE)  Thiamine deficiency is common among those who consume alcohol, and it can lead to depression and an assortment of ailments.





7 Health Benefits You Must Know About Moringa Oleifera!

Moringa is rich in antioxidants and nutrients. Its powerful health benefits include the ability to protect the liver, fight inflammation, and lower cholesterol. Moringa extract and powder can help give relief from stomach disorders, allergies, and edema.

1. Powerful Antioxidants

The moringa plant offers a rich blend of powerful antioxidants such as kaempferol, caffeoylquinic acid, zeatin, quercetin, rutin, chlorogenic acid, and beta-sitosterol. These powerful antioxidants found in moringa possess free radical scavenging capacity and have shown its therapeutic value in curing the damage caused by oxidative stress.

2. Boosts Immunity

The ethanolic extracts of moringa leaf help in stimulating the immune system of the body. It also helps in enhancing the cellular immune response and exerts positive effects on various other immune system values such as total leucocyte count, antibodies, and hypersensitivity reaction.

3. Balances Blood Sugar

High blood sugar is on the rise—and it comes with a raised risk of diabetes and heart disease. Enter Moringa. Several studies have demonstrated that Moringa may help lower blood sugar, and as a result, reduce the risk of diabetes. The same study that looked at postmenopausal women also found a 13.5% reduction in fasting blood glucose. Another study on animals found that an oral dose of Moringa reduced fasting blood glucose by 26.7%. Moringa, combined with a healthy diet low in processed sugars, could be very beneficial in helping to treat and prevent diabetes.

4. Reduces Cholesterol

Moringa is effective in maintaining optimal levels of blood pressure and cholesterol levels in the body. Bioactive components such as isothiocyanate and niaziminin present in it prevent the thickening of arteries and reduce the development of pulmonary hypertension. Studies have confirmed its hypocholesterolemic effects help in reducing a high-fat rise in the liver, kidney, and serum cholesterol levels.

5. Improves Digestion

If bloating, gas, and bathrooms woes seem to always have you down, Moringa might offer a natural solution. Thanks to its high antioxidant content, Moringa might also be a good tool to improve your digestion, and better manage digestive disorders, according to some studies. A 2014 study found that Moringa’s anti-inflammatory properties had a beneficial effect on colitis. Compared to controls, Moringa was able to reduce the severity of ulcers and overall inflammation. This promising research shows that Moringa might be a great natural option for people with IBD conditions looking to prevent recurrences.

6. Reduces Inflammation

Speaking of inflammation in the brain, Moringa actually reduces inflammation in the whole body. Inflammation is linked to almost every chronic disease: dementia, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, the list goes on. Moringa suppresses inflammatory enzymes, and one study found that the bioactive compounds in Moringa, specifically from consuming a pod extract, may help with the prevention of chronic illness. Another study showed that Moringa was able to decrease gene expression and the production of inflammatory markers, which helped to alleviate low-grade inflammation in the body.

7. Improves And Rejuvenates Skin

Not surprisingly, Moringa has natural anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties. This combined with its high antioxidants and anti-inflammatory abilities make it great for improving and protecting the skin. One study found that Moringa was able to enhance skin revitalization, giving it anti-aging properties, and it can also help with everything from wounds, burns, acne, and dandruff.

CBD and MS

Additional Information

CBD has been helpful for those suffering from Multiple Sclerosis (MS) which is an autoimmune disease characterized by chronic inflammation of the myelin sheath that encloses nerves in the brain and spinal column. When this tissue becomes inflamed for long periods of time, it causes irreversible tissue damage that inhibits the ability of the nerves to communicate with the body through the central nervous system. The result of this damage is chronic pain, loss of motor control, fatigue, and muscle spasticity and weakness. Over the last several years, extensive research has been performed to study the effects of cannabioids on the symptoms associated with MS. The results have been astounding. Cannabinoids found in the compounds including psychoactive THC (which we do not put in our products at this time) and non-psychoactive CBD have proven to reconstruct the natural process our body performs through naturally occurring endocannabinoids. In autoimmune patients such as those with MS, the body does not adequately produce these endocannabinoids due to the immune system attacking the DNA of the individual. This attack causes a breakdown in normal body processes, resulting in a nervous system that cannot function properly. The compounds found in cannabis connect to the cannabinoid receptors and pain receptors in the body and act as a stand-in to promote this healing process. The results are remarkable and lead to a much better quality of life for those suffering from this disease. Here's a closer look at how CBD can help: Reduces Muscle Spasticity THC and CBD are proven to dramatically reduce uncontrollable muscle spasms including the spasms that cause the frequent urge to urinate. Israel’s Tel Aviv University conducted a research study in which they infected mice with the condition that mimics MS. When they injected the mice with CBD, the mice were able to walk again. Before the CBD, the legs of the infected mice were crippled by stiffness and tightness. The mice treated with CBD also showed a significant decrease in nerve damage and overall inflammation. Another study performed at The University of Plymouth in 2012 found cannabis to be twice as effective at providing relief of muscle pain and spasms than a placebo. After 12 weeks of using cannabis, patients reported a much higher reduction in spasticity than those who received a placebo. Eases Nerve Pain: Cannabis helps ease a lot of the nerve pain associated with MS. Cannabinoids are a powerful analgesic that engages pain receptors in the body, significantly reducing chronic pain. This chronic pain is caused by inflammation of nerve tissue, which leads to pain signals being sent throughout the body. Just as having something pressing on a nerve in one’s back can cause pain to travel down their leg, often, a patient will feel a large amount of pain in an unaffected area of the body due to damaged nerves signals traveling to the area. By reducing the inflammation on the nerves, patients find much-needed relief from this pain. Reduces Inflammation The common thread to the majority of symptoms of MS is the effect chronic inflammation has on the body. This inflammation is the number one culprit of much of what ails MS patients. Cannabinoids found in cannabis are very potent anti-inflammatories. THC and CBD compounds derived from cannabis deactivate this immune response that leads to chronic inflammation and stops the attack on the central nervous system. The compounds are also powerful antioxidants which contain neuroprotective properties. This capability protects the cells, tissues, and DNA from damage. When unprotected, the tissues become inflamed and irritated which leads to deterioration. This decline sends pain signals through the nerves throughout the body leading to intense pain. The cannabinoids found in these compounds helps prevent this and promote neurogenesis, or the creation of new brain cells. Aids Digestion MS patients commonly have severe gastrointestinal issues like constipation, uncontrolled bowels, and difficulty with digestion. Cannabis can help with all sorts of issues in the body at the same time. 70% of immune cells are found in the gut, and cannabinoids engage these immune cells and quiet the inflammation in the bowels. Certain cannabis varieties act as an appetite stimulant, helping those who have difficulty maintaining a healthy weight due to digestion issues. Cannabinoids trigger the release of natural hunger hormones which in turn triggers a healthy metabolism. Cannabis writer Anna Wilcox compares this process to a traffic police officer: They direct the flow of hormones and chemicals that communicate with the body’s systems like a traffic cop to keep chemicals and hormones flowing properly. CBD also Acts as a Sleep Aid.  Most MS patients have difficulties sleeping. Uncontrollable pain and spasticity in the muscles make it tough for individuals to fall asleep and stay asleep through the night. Cannabinoid strains high in the terpene myrcene and the cannabinoid CBN)put the body to rest allowing patients to fall asleep faster, sleep through the night, and to achieve extended periods of deep sleep. This is especially important as the body repairs itself, rebuilds bones, and repairs the immune system during this phase of sleep. A GW Pharma study in 2000 showed patients who used cannabinoids experienced less pain and reported better sleeping patterns than those who did not. Improves Vision: You have cannabinoid receptors throughout your entire body, skin, connective tissues, organs, brain, and the eyes. Many MS patients experience blurred vision or the complete loss of vision. This issue is a result of inflammation of the optic nerve. The anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis reduce this inflammation, leading to clearer vision. This property is the same principle used in treating patients with glaucoma and retinal degeneration with cannabis. Alleviates Depression : One of the most troublesome symptoms for MS patients is chronic depression. The ongoing pain and debilitating effects MS has on the body leads to a low quality of life for many people, leading them into a deep depression. This is also caused by the inability of the body to produce naturally occurring endocannabinoids in the brain. Introducing the cannabinoids THC and CBD to the system compensates for this, lifting spirits and reducing the painful effects of MS that lead to depression. Researchers have learned a lot about MS through their research involving cannabis. It has helped them to understand how our body communicates and the role endocannabinoids play in keeping our body’s systems communicating properly with one another. When there is a breakdown in communication in one area, it has a domino effect on the rest of the systems of the body. By inserting these missing pieces to the puzzle, we slow down the autoimmune reaction, stop inflammation, improve muscular control, and reduce or eliminate the side effects of MS


Why this is the greatest



CBD has been shown to help relieve  both chronic pain mental illness, including anxiety, depression, and may help reduce the cravings of alcohol dependency.

Sophisticated consumers know the benefits are amazing


High-end spas, rehabilitation centers who want to impress clients choose Immune*it-Tea 

Senior Citizens report tremendous improvement in health with regular use


Artery elasticity, mental clarity, pain reduction, mood elevation.

Trauma Treatment Programs have Incorporated Immune*it-Tea into their client's recovery plans

The ingredients In Immune*it-Tea not only keep patients healthy, but they can help elevate the mood.  For patients undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation, the ingredients reduce nausea and provide essential vitamins depleted by radiation and chemotherapy. 

For clients who are in recovery from drug and alcohol abuse, or for those who know consuming alcohol may cause damage, but they enjoy indulging anyway --  both the Wild Child Revitalizing Elixir  and the CBD-Infused Wellness brew are known to support and help regenerate (to a certain degree)  liver damage and help support vitality despite a vice or two.

  Much of the harm to the body from drug and alcohol use is caused not from the beer you drink, but the damage is caused by the lack of Thiamine and Magnesium and other essential elements in the body  -- because alcohol and stress can deplete these essential nutrients. 

Even if you only drink a couple of glasses of wine with dinner, it's important to help mitigate some of the potential damage. 

Our Teas are specifically designed for you.  Party Well. Stay Well.

(These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not designed to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.) 

Fitness Coaches & Life Coaches recommend it to their clients

Leading fitness coaches recommend Immune*it-Tea to their clients to keep them strong, particularly while on a 3 day cleanse.  Life Coaches recommend Immune*it-Tea to keep their clients focused, healthy and energized. Those who travel frequently consider it an essential item.


Q: is it legal?


Q: Will it get me high?

A: No.  Not at all. CBD is absolutely safe.  It  has none of the side effects of opiates, and has tested as effective as anti-depressants such as Paxil.   In fact, CBD has been shown to counteract the anxiety even in someone is "too high" from marijuana with THC.

Q: How do I know this has genuine CBD -- there are some products that don't have it but make false claims?

A: Our Hemp has been tested by the State of Oregon and has NO pesticides, and tested at a 20% CBD. The Water-Soluable CBD Isolate, which means you absorb 90% more of the effective ingredients has been tested at Pro Verde Lab in Quincy, MA and certified.

Q: Why is this better than "Airborne?" What's the difference?

A: Immune*it-Tea is all natural and has herbs that not only boost the Immune system that protects you from colds and flu, but has herbs known to improve liver function, agents that promote skin and artery health, lower blood pressure and many other ingredients. 

we use water soluble cbd~that means you ABSORB 90% more of the active ingredient with our tea


Some Information about CBD

And, apart from relief from specific medical conditions, what are the benefits of using cannabidiol (CBD) ?

Anyone interested in improving general health and wellness may enjoy adding CBD into their daily lives.

While research on the cannabinoid is still in its infancy, it is non-toxic and is generally considered to be well-tolerated by a wide variety of individuals.

For the CBD-curious, here are a few smart ways to use CBD oil every day 

(Courtesy of Green Flower):

Microdose supplement

As it turns out, a little CBD can go a long way.

Maybe you've heard about the growing trend of microdosing?

A microdose is a tiny, daily or semi-daily dose. Microdosing CBD is easiest with CBD cannabis oil.

A typical microdose is between 2.5 and 5 milligrams. This dose is often considered too low to be therapeutic for many medical conditions. However, there may be some benefit to microdosing every once in a while.

Rodent research has found that low doses of the cannabinoid reduce pro-inflammatory compounds in the body.

This is a big deal because reduced inflammation can have wide-sweeping beneficial effects on the body, especially during times of stress.

While microdosing may have some immediate benefits just like many vitamin supplements, CBD builds up in the body over time.

Since the cannabinoid is stored in fat, consistent doses of CBD may be able to deliver more meaningful health changes as it accumulates in your system. However, there is no research that suggests what changes this might cause at this particular time.

 Stress relief

Hoping for a quick and easy way to calm down?

Research has shown that doses as low as 2.5, 5, and 10 milligrams of CBD can successfully ease symptoms of anxiety 

Other research suggests that CBD is a neuroprotective antioxidant, potentially protecting the brain from diseases of aging.

As a neuroprotective antioxidant, CBD oil may be particularly good to take after a night of reduced sleep.

The current thinking on the science here is pretty interesting.

Have you ever experienced brain fog after a night of sleep deprivation? There may be a good reason.

During sleep, the brain’s lymphatic system clears out toxins that build up during the day. This is why reduced quality of sleep as you age is thought to be a major contributing factor to neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.

CBD treatment is thought to be so powerful that even short-term treatment has been found to improve overall functioning and cognitive performance in mice after suffering ischemic injury. Ischemic injury occurs when the brain is deprived of adequate blood flow, which often happens during a stroke and as a result of heart disease.

Having shot of our CBD Tea is a great way to protect the body from stress-related damage.

Speaking of stress...

Do you know anyone who typically turns to cigarettes or other hard substances when under stress?

Additional research published in 2004 suggests that even low doses of the cannabinoid (5 milligrams) helps prevent habitual, learned behaviors in rodents that were exposed to cocaine and amphetamines.

We are looking further into how to use CBD oil to quit smoking or drinking, etc. You can go ahead and try it out if you want.

Of course, when it comes to holistic stress management, no health single health supplement compares to the long-lasting beneficial effects of healthy diet and lifestyle interventions.

Still, the preclinical research suggests that supplementing with cannabidiol may be an excellent way to give your overall health a meaningful boost. 

It all comes together in an amazing Brew

alcohol aid, health, green tea, vitamins, magnesium, lemon, honey, ginger, elderberries

Wild Child Revitalizing Elixir

We use the finest natural ingredients used in ancient remedies from around the world, and scientific studies by the CDC confirm that these ingredients have anti-inflammatory properties, are high in anti-oxidants, can significantly speed recovery, contribute to heart health and artery elasticity, elevate the mood and may ease join pain, among other benefits.

We blend the finest natural ingredients used for centuries to support liver health, and to boost the immune system. This energizing tea has 84mg of slow-release caffeine, organic honey, elderberry juice, ginger, and a host of top-quality ingredients.  We have fortified it with  minerals and vitamins specifically depleted by alcohol consumption in order to offset SOME of the damage:  Magnesium, selenium, D3, Thiamin and the entire B-complex.  It's great for those who like to party but who want to take care of their bodies, and for travelers who don't want to lug vitamins on trips.  These nutrients are easily absorbed in this great-tasting concentrate.

A note about Magnesium Glycinate: Magnesium is called the “Miracle Mineral” because it is involved in practically every body function.  Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most common nutrient deficiencies today; It is estimated up to 80% of adults are deficient in magnesium because stress, alcohol, processed foods, antibiotics and other common medications quickly deplete this critical mineral, which is why our Wild Child Revitalizing Elixir is a great source of Magnesium.  

We added 20 mg of CBD to the Wild Child Revitalizing Powdered Power Pack, and 10 mg of CBD to each Wild Child Revitalizing Stick Packs

CBD-Inused Wellness Brew

Our top-selling tea. 

Several Purchase Options

Our Customers Love Us!

Our customer base has expanded so much, initially through word-of-mouth recommendations! 


Q:  This tea is pricey -- is it worth it?

A:  WE don't cut corners -- we use the very best Ceylon Cinnamon oil, Real Vanilla, (nothing imitation).  We just met with a Hawaiian Vanilla Farmer on the slopes of Mauna Kea to provide the Organic Vanilla  for this tea.  We use the most bio-available form of vitamins.  If you use this tea regularly, you will function at your best.  How much does it cost you if you miss work, miss a vacation, miss an opportunity?  Drinking this regularly can help protect your health.

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Science-Based Evidence on the effectiveness of our products


Featured Articles in Internal Medicine


Researchers find a new treatment for the common cold

John Murphy, MDLinx | January 25, 2019

For cold and flu-like symptoms, most consumers take over-the-counter medicines, while clinicians can prescribe antiviral drugs such as Tamiflu. But none of these is a silver bullet against the common cold or flu. Now, researchers have shown that elderberry syrup—a remedy as old as folklore—substantially reduces both symptom severity and symptom duration for colds and flu.


elderberry syrup

The new cure for the common cold has an old tradition.

“Supplementation with a standardized elderberry extract is significantly effective at reducing the total duration and severity of upper respiratory symptoms, as compared to a placebo group,” wrote the researchers, led by Jessie Hawkins, PhD, Research Director, Franklin Institute of Wellness, Franklin, TN, in a recent meta-analysis in Complementary Therapies in Medicine.

The authors added, “These findings present an alternative to antibiotic misuse for upper respiratory symptoms due to viral infections, and a potentially safer alternative to prescription drugs for routine cases of the common cold and influenza.”

Old medicine, modern times

Elderberry syrup has been used as a cold remedy for a long, long time. Hans Christian Anderson even wrote a fairy tale about a boy with a cold who drank hot tea made from elder blossoms. But only in the past few years have researchers taken a scientific look at whether this folk medicine actually does treat colds and flu.

Researchers performing in vitro studies have found that elderberry extract is active against human pathogenic bacteria as well as influenza viruses (H1N1). In separate clinical trials in humans, investigators demonstrated that liquid elderberry extract and elderberry extract lozenges each reduced the severity and duration of cold and flu-like symptoms.

Despite these investigations, no large-scale studies or meta-analyses have examined elderberry extract’s effects on colds and flu. To that end, Dr. Hawkins and coauthors undertook the first meta-analysis to study elderberry supplementation and upper respiratory symptoms. Their literature search uncovered 137 articles, only four of which met their strict criteria. This resulted in a total of 180 participants—89 in the elderberry group and 91 in the control group.

SEE ALSO: When will scientists cure the common cold?

Because the four studies were heterogeneous, the researchers were able to apply a random effects model to evaluate the effect of elderberry supplementation on upper respiratory symptoms. Calculations yielded a large mean effect size of 1.717, which indicated that elderberry supplementation substantially reduces the duration of upper respiratory symptoms.

Getting the flu vaccine didn’t significantly alter the effects of elderberry supplementation, the researchers also noted. In addition, they found that elderberry supplementation reduced symptoms of both colds and flu, but the effect was greater for flu symptoms than for cold symptoms.

A household staple

“These findings are exciting,” Dr. Hawkins said. “While elderberry syrup has become a household staple, studies on its effects have been small and are sparse. We are now able to quantify the effects of elderberry and to understand how these effects differ based on factors such as underlying pathology and vaccination status.”

The researchers acknowledged limitations to their meta-analysis, noting that the number of randomized controlled studies was small and represented only 180 total patients. Also, three of the four studies included were funded by elderberry supplement manufacturing companies, and the fourth study didn’t name its funding source.

SEE ALSO: NIAID researchers discover rare genetic susceptibility to common cold

Lastly, while elderberry extract may not be a staple in every household, despite what Dr. Hawkins says, it is commonly available in most drug stores and online retailers in the form of syrup, lozenges and gummies. Elderberry syrup can also be made at home, but it must be thoroughly heated to remove toxic compounds in the berries that could otherwise cause severe stomach upset, the authors advised.

This study was supported by the Franklin Institute of Wellness research department.

Related Links:

Black elderberry (Sambucus nigra) supplementation effectively treats upper respiratory symptoms: A meta-analysis of randomized, controlled clinical trials