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WILD Dispensary

Elderberry Switchel Tonic

  • $29.95

Made in Dunedin, harvested in Otago

A switchel is a concentrated uplifting energy tonic, slightly sour, with a hint of sweet and is often referred to as one of the original electrolyte tonics. This recipe is based on a 17th-century recipe drunk by haymakers as a replenishing tonic after a day in the field of hard physical labour.  

Switchel combines Otago harvestsed elderberries, ginger root, and Mānuka; then leaves them to infuse for several weeks in raw organic apple cider vinegar with raw Dunedin honey.

Elderberry is considered one of the world’s most healing plants. Elderberry contains anthocyanins—plant compounds that support gut, lung, and immune health. The berries and flowers of this potent plant are also packed with antioxidants and vitamins that help tame inflammation, and lessen stress. Elderbery also contains the awesome antioxidants, vitamin A and C. 

Switchel is brilliant as a morning prebiotic, an afternoon pick-me-up, or an after-activity rehydration drink.

Targets + Support:  Natural electrolyte to support recovery, rehydration + energy  | Easy way to increase your daily antioxidants + support immunity  | as a natural prebiotic, Switchel helps digestive function + gut health.

Active Ingredients in each 5ml dose: ^Elderberries (Sambucus nigra) T.E fresh berries 1.25g, Ginger root (Zingiber officinale) T.E fresh root 250mg, ^Mānuka (Leptospermum scoparium) T.E fresh leaf 50mg, Dried Ginger* (Zingiber officinale) T.E fresh root 10mg

*Certified Organic, ^ Wild Harvested, T.E (Tincture Equivalent)

Base Ingredients: Organic raw apple cider vinegar and Otago honey (Contains no added: Sugar, gluten, yeast, dairy, and no artificial flavours, colours, preservatives, or sweeteners)



"We are just like you. We have families, we work, we enjoy life. We want to you to know how to help the most important people in your life. Most importantly, we are people that want to share what is awesome about what we know. Plants. 

Skye Macfarlane is our certified medical herbalist and naturopath. She has worked in Health education for the last five years and continues her own practice. She is WILD'S chief formulator and educator. Skye also grows organic medical herbs and greens with her Husband Jed, on their property, Mihiwaka Vern Paddock. 

Alongside Skye's skills, I have a background in native plants and Environmental Science, and the third co-founder, Gerald Davies, comes from a diverse background including chefing, landscape design and business management. The three of us have the mission of manufacturing nature into extraordinary healing.

Every single one of our products has a wild element. That connection with nature, and the value it holds is so important, we wanted a piece of it in every bottle. Wild harvesting offers not only premium and potent traditional pant medicine- but also a connection to nature for us and you- our customers."

Ruth Vaughan, co-founder