"Studies have even shown that elderberry worked better than prescription remedies such as Tamiflu and Relenza. Elderberry wine was common in Colonial America and the elderberry was even called "the country medicine chest" because of its many uses. Elderberry's specific use as a flu remedy dates back to ancient Rome. Hippocrates (the "father of medicine") even promoted elderberry as an all-purpose tonic. Knowing that, I don't think it would be a bad idea to make up a reserve of elderberry.