Post-Workout Support with Turmeric

Good Health Turmeric Sport Complex

For those with an active lifestyle, especially sports people, it’s important to consider post-workout recovery. Endorsed by the likes of athletes such as Richie and Gemma McCaw, turmeric is the new star of the sports world. It’s ability to support the body after a workout, soothing tired muscles and stiff joints, makes it the perfect supplement for sports people, as well as anyone who wants to maintain an active lifestyle.

Turmeric has well and truly earned itself an impressive reputation in recent years. It has good reason to hold a top spot as a supplement, as the many health benefits of turmeric are hard to ignore. One of turmeric’s unique qualities is its broad supporting ability to help with our overall and everyday health.  Turmeric contains the powerful antioxidant curcumin, this is the most researched and known active ingredient within turmeric.

Curcumin is largely responsible for turmeric’s ability to help support our well-being and overall health in many ways. For one, curcumin offers antioxidant protection, and has a unique ability to support muscle stiffness and body recovery.

Antioxidants such as curcumin, help us by supporting against free radical production and oxidative damage, and aid our bodies response to exercise stress and recovery. Turmeric’s vibrant orange colour helps give away its potent antioxidant ability, and in fact it is believed to have over 13 times more antioxidants than one of the most well-known superstars of the antioxidant world, blueberries.  Antioxidants can often be hard to maintain by just diet alone and there are so many other factors that contribute to free radical development in the body. Our diet, lifestyle, exercise and stress all contribute to free radical production, so finding ways to optimally support this normal process helps to further support our overall health.

As well as providing antioxidant protection, curcumin also provides immune support, encouraging a healthy immune system and immune response. Additionally, curcumin helps to support overall joint and digestive health, as well as a healthy cardiovascular and nervous system. Those with stiff and tired joints due to high impact sports, or simply the general wear and tear that comes with age, may benefit with curcumin’s extra support.

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Good Health Turmeric Sports Complex
 
 
Good Health Turmeric Sport Complex is a synergistic formulation ideal for all athletes and recreational sports, supporting overworked muscles during the rest and recovery phase. Buy it now from our secure online store.

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5 Tips for Better Sleep Hygiene

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 A good night’s sleep is essential for a positive start to the day, but many people find themselves struggling to find an easy, peaceful sleep, and aren’t sure why. Natural Health Expert, Liz Jury shares with us her top sleep hygiene tips for a good night’s rest.

Nearing the end of a hot summer, we can find tiredness creeping in. How has it been for you? Too hot? Too many mozzies? Too many late nights socialising with a few drinks, sleeps biggest disturber? When looking holistically at the causes of poor sleep, there are many aspects to look into, so it can take a few tries to get the right solution. Incorporating a set of sleep hygiene practices into your routine however, can make a big difference.

1. Black out your room and keep lights low

One of the contributors to disrupted sleep rhythms comes from the blue light exposure from our smart phones, tv’s and tablets. This
blue light interferes with the production of melatonin, our resting hormone. Try reducing ‘screen-time’ at least an hour before bed and make sure your room is as dark as possible.

2. Reduce caffeine and alcohol

Caffeine and alcohol can cause you to wake through the night, and can inhibit the deep and restful REM phase of sleep. Limit these to a minimum and avoid stimulating caffeinated beverages before bed. A glass of wine with dinner is unlikely to cause a problem, however if alcohol consumption is higher in frequency and amount, then try swapping alcoholic beverages for tasty and satisfying ‘mocktails’, or try gradually reducing your intake of alcohol.

3. Address digestion

When digestion is impaired, sleep can become a problem too. Those who experience heartburn and reflux can have symptoms worsen at night. More chronic digestive problems can result in imbalanced production of key hormones involved in mood and sleep, like serotonin, much of which is produced in the gut. If digestive issues are something you experience, it may be that a longer-term solution to sleep issues is tied up with supportive digestive behaviours. To start, aim to avoid heavy meals within 3 hours of sleep.

4. Keep bed for sleeping

Keep the TV, laptops and other screens out of the bedroom, and keep the bed for sleep and intimacy. If you’re struggling to sleep at night, hop out of bed and read a book in a chair instead until you feel sleepy again.

5. Breathe

Diaphragmatic breathing can help soothe the mind after a stressful day. Focus on the breath and breathe slowly and deeply into your belly. Breathe in to a count of 7, hold for 2, release the breath to a count of 7, hold for 2, and repeat.

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5 Top Tips to Reduce Stress

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With our busy and fast-paced lives juggling work, children and trying to squeeze in a social life, it’s not uncommon to experience a bit (or a lot) of stress! Although sometimes the cause of our stress can be out of our control, we can help to support our body’s response to stress and get back to a sense of calm. Nutritionist, Emily Jensen, shares with us her 5 top tips to help reduce stress.

1. Avoid Caffeine

Caffeine stimulates our body to produce cortisol, our stress hormone. When we’re already in a stressed state, a cup of coffee can exacerbate the problem. Instead of reaching for that cup of joe, try a herbal tea such as chamomile or Artemis Rest & Relax to help nourish your nervous system.

2. Strike a Pose

The simple act of putting your legs up the wall for 10-15mins and focusing on your breath is a great way to reduce your stress levels and tap into your parasympathetic (your rest and digest) nervous system. If you’re overly stressed and run down, stick to gentle exercise such as yoga and walking and avoid or limit any high intensity exercise that might place additional stress on your adrenals.

3. Balance Your Sugar Levels

We often crave sugary foods when we’re stressed, or can completely forget to eat all together because we’re just too busy! This can lead to a vicious cycle of highs and lows in our blood sugar levels, which can be stressful on the body. Remember to eat small and often, include a source of protein and healthy fats at each meal, and avoid refined sugars.

4. The Power of Herbs

Adaptogenic herbs such as ashwagandha (withania), rhodiola and licorice are amazing herbs to help support the bodies resistance to stress. Other herbs to support and nourish the nervous system during stress include chamomile, valerian, lemon balm and passionflower. Kiwiherb StressCare with lemon balm, withania and B vitamins is a great option to help support your body to cope with stress and reduce the effects of nervous tension.

5. Talk to Someone

Share your feelings with someone you trust, such as a close friend, family member, colleague, or a trained professional. Talking about any issues you’re experiencing is a healthy and effective way of channelling your emotions. Remember, it’s always OK to ask for help.

What do you do to help with stress? Share your comments with us below, or get in touch on our Facebook page.

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Kid’s Winter Health Essentials

Favourites for Kids Immunity

Our Natural Health Expert, Liz Jury, shares with us her favourite picks for keeping the kids in tip top health this winter.

The darker mornings and cooler breeze definitely signals that winter is on it’s way! Thinking ahead to ensure you and your family have all you need in your medicine cabinet is a great idea at this time of year. Get prepared now, so your winter is easier.

Sourced from Cod Liver Oil from the Arctic, this strawberry tasting oil has a decent amount of EPA and DHA Omega 3 fatty acids in each ½ teaspoon serving. DHA is wonderful support for growing brains, eyes and immune systems. This formula also contains naturally occurring Vitamin A and D. This can be easily mixed into a smoothie or even yoghurt.

The legendary herbs in this lovely liquid will support a healthy immune response to ills and chills. It can be taken in the lead up to winter at a lower dose, or for immediate relief at a higher dose. The liquorice will soothe the throat and also helps it to taste great. A treasured first-aid kit essential to have on-hand.

The tastiest multi-vitamin smoothie around! Choc-banana, Choc-mint, or Choc-honeycomb can be easily blended with a liquid of your choice and provides a plant based powerhouse of nutrition. As well as protein, greens, and berries, your lucky child will receive a decent dose of vitamins, minerals, and probiotics to support everyday wellness as well as immunity and digestion. It’s a great after school smoothie addition – or try getting the kids creative in the kitchen and make this delicious smoothie ‘b-owl’ below.

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The three strains of beneficial bacteria found within the Immune Booster have been shown to shorten the frequency of ills and chills and support a healthy immune system in children. This powder can be easily mixed into liquids for your children to take daily. Ethical Nutrients probiotics are evidence-based and their comprehensive manufacturing ensures a high quality product.

Sourced from NZ cows, colostrum provides growth factors which strengthen and support a healthy immune system. As well as this, colostrum will help with the normal healthy repair of your child’s growing body during stress or injury. Colostrum tends to be low in lactose, and contain minerals like magnesium.

Children can feel stressed too, usually for different reasons than adults, but it is just as real for them and can impact on their immunity. The Chamomile in Kid’s Calm works on both the nervous system and the digestive system, to soothe the mind and tummy of your little one. Whether it’s adjusting to school, or having a busy mind that is interfering with sleep, or simply just feeling worried about all the homework, Kid’s Calm offers great support during stressful moments.

Have you tried any of these products for your child? Don’t forget to leave a review!

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Super Supplements for Immune Support

Superfoods for immunity

At this time of year, we start to think about stocking the cupboards with those immune system helpers we rely on to ‘get us through’. If you’ve already come down with the sniffles, or you’re looking for some super supplements to stay well this winter, read on for some easy tips!

  • Superfoods like bee pollen, cacao, matcha, and spirulina can boost up your daily intake of essential vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that help a normal functioning immune system. These beauties can be added to smoothies, food, or consumed on their own.
  • Moderate exercise and sunshine a few times each week can support a healthy immune response, as well as improving exposure to healthy sunlight for Vitamin D conversion. Exercise helps to move our lymph, a waste portal, around and out of the body.
  • The good bacteria in our intestine play a vital role in supporting our immune system. Keeping their environment healthy with fibres from chia seeds and beetroot is beneficial.
  • Having restful sleep is essential to a healthy immune system. Reduce light in the evening, especially blue light from devices so the normal hormone secretion can occur to help you get to sleep. Avoid coffee after three in the afternoon, switching to herbal tea instead. If you’re still struggling, try liposomal magnesium to support normal sleep patterns and calm the nervous system.

coconut oil

  • The lauric acid naturally found in Coconut Oil can be eaten on a regular basis to support a normal immune response. The properties of this Medium Chain Fatty Acid assist normal white blood cell functioning. Coconut oil can be blended into smoothies or bliss balls, or just taken off the spoon.
  • Keeping sugar to less than 6 teaspoons per day is vital to a robust immune system. Sugar depletes the action of the white blood cells, our key fighters of infections. Sugar is hidden in many processed foods, so choosing wholefoods is a better option. Coconut sugar has a lower glycaemic index (GI) than sugar and contains vitamins and minerals making it a healthier option for home baking.
  • When ills and chills find their way to the chest, it can be hard to breathe and sleep. The BioBalance Herbal Chest Care can help relax and cleanse airways of mucous, while the antiseptic nature of the herbs supports to get you back up and running at full capacity quickly.

The BioBalance range of superfoods, herbal formulations and liposomal supplements help to support overall wellbeing so you can stay well this winter. Shop their full range on our secure online store now.

Buffy Ellen uses BioBalance Coconut Oil

Buffy of Be Good Organics loves using BioBalance Coconut Oil in her plant-based recipes.

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Taking care of your cycle, naturally

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When it comes to sanitary items, many women look for a product that will protect them in terms of no leakage or smell, and comfort. What the product is made of and the environmental impact doesn’t often come to mind. It might surprise you to know that many tampons and pads use either synthetic fabrics or plastics as a major component of their make up.

Over her lifetime, a woman will use around 10,000 tampons or pads! Unfortunately, most of these products are made of things like polyethylene and rayon – plastics and synthetic fabrics – that take many years to break down, pollute the waterways, and increase the individuals carbon footprint.

From the outer wrapper and all the way through, an average menstrual pad is about 90% plastic! They’re often uncomfortable, feel ‘plasticy’, and from an environmental standpoint, they’re super hard to get rid of! If we throw them in the rubbish, they go to landfill where they will never degrade. If they’re are incinerated, harmful gases are released that go into the air we breathe. And unfortunately, some people do flush them down the toilet, which result in them ending up in waterways and our oceans.

Many tampons also contain plastic, and we’re not just talking about the applicators! Most tampons are made up of a mix of cotton as well as rayon (plastic) fibres. This plastic component, like pads, will not break down in landfills, and if flushed can pollute waterways and lose fibres creating micro-marine litter in our oceans. With ocean life mistaking these for food, it’s also common for micro-plastics to work their way up the food chain – even ending up on your plate. On top of this, tampons can also often cause drying and irritation from their absorbent nature and the use of some fragrances.

From this perspective, we think it’s worth looking into more environmentally friendly and natural options! Luckily there are some amazing brands that offer plastic free, compostable and natural sanitary products. Our monthly cycle shouldn’t leave a lasting negative impact on the earth, and using these options can help women become more aware of their cycle and the intricacies of their amazing body.

We Recommend:

Natracare tampons and pads

Natracare offers certified organic pads and tampons which are 100% plastic free, compostable, biodegradable, and also are sustainably made. Natracare were the first alternative to conventionally produced menstrual products which at the time were bleached with chlorine gases, leading to dioxane build up. They were also the first brand to measure the complete life-cycle of the menstrual pads they produce!

Mooncup

The Mooncup is made from medical grade silicone, and is a reusable cup that can hold 3 x more than a regular tampon or pad! Mooncups can be easily emptied, rinsed, and reinserted, and can last for many years of use. Instead of using 10,000 individual items, a woman could use around 5 instead – that’s quite a difference in terms of waste, and money spent! As the first reusable silicone menstrual cup, Mooncup’s aim is to make the experience of periods more positive, healthy and eco-friendly. They want people to leave behind the disposable products and the toxins, bleaches, and dyes that come with them.

bon tampons

New Zealand owned Bon tampons are made from 100% cotton and certified organic. Bon tampons are easy to use, absorbent and importantly, comfortable! Packaged in a eco and handbag-friendly cardboard tubing, you can carry these without the worry of any loose, white missiles!

Shop online for our range of natural pads and tampons.

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Tips for Mid-Life Hormone Happiness

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Throughout a woman’s life there are some pretty significant hormonal changes! There’s puberty, pregnancy, perimenopause and menopause. Some people seem to be able to breeze through the changes with ease, whilst others struggle. Hormonal imbalances and conditions that are caused by these changes have always existed, however they are becoming more and more common. This can be contributed to the modern way of life. Increased stress, higher use of screens and the impact this has with our cortisol levels, plus environmental conditions and the way we eat can all wreak havoc on our delicate hormones.

Mid-Life Hormonal Changes

Between 45 and 55 is when women can start to notice some changes. This is due to perimenopause, where we start to see a decline in the regularity of ovulation and fluctuations of our hormones.  When hormonal levels drop in perimenopause some women suffer from worry, have difficulty sleeping, and mood imbalances that they may have never experienced before.

The main function of the adrenal glands is to respond to stress, but after menopause they take over the production of hormones. Women who suffer from high stress may find that in perimenopause their symptoms become worse – this is due to the increased demands that are placed on their hormone-producing capability in the lead up to this time.

Plant Extracts for Hormone Support

Extracts from traditional medicinal plants and in particular adrenal and nervine plants, can help with this transitional period. Specifically, working on the worry and lack of sleep that comes along with hormonal changes:

  • Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), supports resistance to stress and is useful in times of increased demand and the perimenopausal time.. Licorice contains glycyrrhizin which is structurally similar to our stress hormones produced by the adrenal glands. It supports a healthy stress response and can also support adrenal exhaustion that can interfere with normal sleep.
  • John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) naturally supports balanced mood and serotonin production.  It calms the brain, lessens worry and supports sleep. In addition, it has been shown to support the body’s temperature balance, which can fluctuate during peri-menopause.
  • Sage (Salvia officinalis) also deserves special mention, since it is the most important herb to support normal sweating and temperature balance in perimenopausal women.

st johns wort tea

Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle During Menopause

To support and smooth the menopausal transition, implement a wholefood diet with minimal processed foods, and try to minimise alcohol and caffeine. Caffeine doesn’t help if people struggle with  worry as it activates the fight or flight response and can often worsen symptoms.

Liver support is vital! The liver detoxifies everything; food, alcohol, caffeine – including built up hormones. With hormonal imbalances it is important to support this process. An easy way to do this is to start your day with bitter herbs, such as St Mary’s Thistle and Globe Artichoke.

A moderate exercise regime, stress management strategies such as meditation, mindfulness and sufficient rest and sleep are also crucial. Remembering to practice self-care and kindness through this tough time is important also.

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Artemis cool and calm tea

Artemis Cool and Calm Tea is traditional plant medicine to support women through menopause. The formula’s powerful properties help manage irritability, support temperature balance and a good night’s sleep. Support your hormonal balance with Artemis Cool and Calm Tea.

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Author: Skye Macfarlane
Skye is a Medical Herbalist and Naturopath, holding a Bachelor in Natural Medicine from the South Pacific College of Medicine. 

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Natural Support for Children’s Immunity

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It is more challenging at this time of year to maintain our normal levels of wellness. It can be common to require more immune support to maintain our everyday health, including children to help strengthen & and aid their general well-being.

Beating Those Winter Ills & Chills

Winter-time often brings with it a natural rise in the ills & chills going around. As we go into the colder months of the year, children are especially prevalent in catching the circulating ills & chills. It is common to experience an extra need for respiratory, throat & lung support in winter. Constant exposure in school or day-care, stress and our daily environment are all factors challenging our overall immunity.

Naturally Supporting Immunity

A healthy immune system is vital for protection against any ills & chills we may encounter throughout wintertime or at any other time of the year.

Supporting immunity naturally with beneficial immune strengthening herbs and nutrients can help to provide support in times of extra demand that often occur in the colder months.

Effective Nutrients

Clinically researched Wellmune® is an extract from the nutrient rich Saccharomyces Cerevisiae commonly known as Baker’s yeast.  Wellmune® contains a high level of Beta- Glucans, this active ingredient is well-known for its beneficial immune properties. Wellmune® has shown to help boost the immune system, helping support less days off day care & school.

Vitamin C is well-known used for helping provide optimal immune function and powerful antioxidant support in the body. Because Vitamin C is not naturally produced by the body, we may need additional support in times of extra need. By using supplements or vitamin C rich food, we can help to restore adequate levels to aid immunity.

Zinc is a vital mineral for daily immune support and function. Our bodies require zinc to help support skin health and it’s also an important part of the normal immune recovery process.

It’s often a combination of what we do on a regular basis to help support immunity that will help us and our families the most during the winter months.

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Good Health Viralex® Kids Immune Chews with clinically researched Wellmune® are specially formulated to support children’s immunity. Buy online from our secure online store.

Good Health Viralex Kids Immune Chews

✓ Delicious berry flavour
✓ Easy to take, chewable format – designed with fussy eaters in mind!
✓ No artificial colours, flavours, sweeteners or preservatives
✓ With clinically researched Wellmune®, zinc and vitamin C to support immunity.

Always read the label and use as directed. If symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional. Good Health, Auckland.
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Immune Support for a Busy Lifestyle

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The sudden change into the cooler months of the year and shorter days, often brings a natural surge in the ills and chills within our environment, at work and all around us. So, how can we best support a healthy immune system going into winter-time?

Achieving Optimal Immune Protection

With daily commitments of work, family responsibilities, and the long to do lists that are common in our busy everyday life, it can be difficult to slow down and find time for rest and immune recovery. Fortunately, there are many natural ways to support our immunity and help our bodies stay well.

Natural Ingredients for Immune Defence & Support

Epicor® – Clinically researched nutrients such as Epicor® has prebiotic, antioxidant and immune strengthening properties which helps to support a rapid immune response in the body. Epicor® is shown to start working in the body within 2 hours and is a natural fast way to fight ills and chills and support immunity. Rapid immune defence during the colder winter months may be needed to support our general well-being and immune health.

Pelargonium – This traditionally used South African herb is known for supporting respiratory and overall immune health. Pelargonium has also shown to be beneficial for aiding our immunity and helping provide extra immune protection against everyday ills and chills.

Olive leaf – Olive leaf provides the potent active compound Oleuropein which can help support our everyday immunity in the colder winter months and all year-round.

All these herbs and nutrients support the body’s natural defences for optimal health. Taking immune supporting ingredients alongside healthy dietary and lifestyle habits help us to maintain our overall well-being and provide us with that extra support for the winter months ahead. Being well, supporting and strengthening our immune system enables us to carry out our daily tasks and enjoy the naturally slower pace of winter-time.

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Good Health Viralex Attack and Viralex Soothe EpiCor Throat Lozenges contain the clinically researched Epicor® for fasting acting immune support. Shop now from our secure online store.

Good Health Viralex Soothe Lozenges

✓ Natural and fast acting formula
✓ Includes clinically researched Epicor® plus Manuka Honey and Menthol
✓ No artificial flavours, sweeteners, preservatives or colours
✓ Convenient and easy to take.

Good Health Viralex attack

✓ For rapid immune defence
✓ Natural and fast acting formula
✓ Starts working within 2 hours
✓ Includes clinically researched Epicor® plus Olive Leaf, Pelargonium Root and Zinc to support the body’s natural immune defences.

Always read the label and use as directed. If symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional. Good Health, Auckland.
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Nutritional Supplements VS Traditional Plant Medicine – What’s the Difference?

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The natural health industry can be confusing – there are multiple therapies and often we don’t know what is most effective or where to start. Nutritional supplementation and traditional plant medicine are two ways to support good health. But what is the difference between them?

Nutritional Supplementation:

Nutritional supplementation feeds the body with nutrients. You will find minerals and vitamins in the supplement section of health stores and pharmacies, and online. Supplementation is relatively new therapy.  The idea was introduced during the industrial revolution to correct deficiencies in diets. Vitamins and minerals are essential in thousands of chemical reactions in the body. Even the best diets may need supplementation. For example, in New Zealand our soils tend to be low in magnesium and selenium.  That can make it hard for us to get these nutrients from food alone. If we have a vitamin or mineral deficiency, then nutritional supplementation can be an effective way to correct it. Supplements available are both naturally and synthetically derived. Some are made with excipients or fillers, and preservatives, which should be avoided as these add extra stress on the body.

Traditional Plant Medicine:

Traditional Plant medicine uses extracts of certain plants to support wellness, to build resilience and support optimal health. It is also called herbal medicine or phytotherapy. Traditional Plant medicine not only boosts nutrition but has active constituents that deliver balancing and strengthening effects on organs that help our body to function optimally. It has been used for thousands of years and is well documented throughout civilisations around the world.

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Traditional Plant medicine has a different mode of action because plants, like humans, must protect themselves from predators and their environment.  A plant’s antioxidant, and anti- pathogenic properties are its only defence mechanism. They are essential for survival. When plants are grown in particularly harsh climates and/or conditions they are packed with antioxidants, and immune boosting etc. properties. Anyone who consumes the plant can gain the benefit.

The best traditional plant medicines use whole plant extractions and combine plants together to make formulations that have multiple effects on the body to support wellness. They retain the active ingredients in their natural state and help to support the body’s natural defences.

Let’s look at an example; You have ills and chills and the sniffles, and your immune system is compromised. Those symptoms are a result of the body’s immune system response.

Two of the most common natural health choices for ills and chills are:

  • Nutritional supplement – Vitamin C. High levels of Vitamin C can help to support the body’s immune response. However, this benefit wears off as the vitamin is expelled from the system. Due to Vitamin C being water soluble.
  • Traditional plant medicine – Echinacea. Fresh plant echinacea tincture supports the body’s production of white blood cells to fight pathogens. Through this process Echinacea has been shown to support the immune system.

This example shows there is a difference in action between traditional plant medicine and nutritional supplementation. But importantly it also highlights that we need both for optimum health.

Overall, traditional plant medicine can still work with a depleted system, but it works best when the body is well nourished.

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Author: Skye Macfarlane
Skye is a Medical Herbalist and Naturopath, holding a Bachelor in Natural Medicine from the South Pacific College of Medicine.

The Artemis range includes herbal medicines in a number of traditional forms, from targeted specialty tea blends to skin oils and creams and liquid herbs. Shop the full range online.

 

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