Traditional plants for protection against ills & chills and to boost immunity

During a change or season or, of course, the winter months, the risk of ills & chills increases. Prevention really is the best approach. Be proactive about keeping your immune system strong and support your body's own defences. 

Unsurprisingly, the preventative strategy we recommend at Artemis involves traditional plant remedies. Why? Because it is what we know best, and we know plant remedies are great for self-care and keeping well. 

Plant remedies can support the body’s resistance, repair and recovery mechanisms

 

5 plants to protect against ills & chills and support immunity

Central Otago Thyme (Thymus vulgaris): A powerful, natural antimicrobial. This iconic Central Otago plant has powerful properties which are scientifically proven to support respiratory health. In other countries, thyme is approved by regulators for use to treat a number of respiratory conditions. 

Elderflower (Sambucus nigra): Both flowers and berries are effective in building up immune resistance and in supporting health and wellbeing against winter ills & chills. The flowers help to dry up mucous membranes and support recovery. 

Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea): Originally from North America, this popular herb was traditionally used as an antidote for poisons and to support the upper respiratory tract. It has immune enhancing and modulating properties, and is well-known and relied upon around the world to support and boost immune health. 

Angelica root (Angelica archangelia): Angelica is another power plant to support winter immunity. 

Sage (Salvia officinalis): Its antimicrobial essential oils provide respiratory health support. It is also an effective gargle for mouth and tonsils.   

Best ways to take plant remedies

Teas are hot water extractions where the active phyto-compounds are water soluable and extracted by hot water. Teas are a traditional format for delivering plant remedies, used for hundreds of years. The benefits of  teas are that the actives are swiftly absorbed into the bloodstream - meaning they are fast-acting. They also keep the mucous membranes hydrated (good for your immune system), plus stimulate circulation and sweating to flush unwanted matter.

Tinctures are made by extracting the phyto-compounds in alcohol to make a concentrate dose. You can take a tincture straight (for the daring), with a little water or mixed with a vegetable glycerine base which has a naturally sweet formula. At Artemis, we make our liquid remedies with fresh-plant tinctures. Our oral liquids are a convenient way to take your plant remedies by the teaspoon, and  great for children as the application is quick, simple and naturally taste pretty good.

Tonics are concentrated fresh-plant preparations to which you add hot water for a swift-acting, immune-boosting drink. Tonics are generally made to taste delicoius so are a great option for children. Plus, depending on the plant remedies you use, they can be an instant pick-me-up.

 

Safety and Precautions

These traditionally used plants have been used for thousands of years by humans and have an excellent safety profile. They are regarded as safe by many regulatory bodies worldwide, including the World Health Organization (WHO), British and European pharmacopoeias (official medicine registries), Australia, and Canada.

No adverse effects are expected however do not take if you are allergic to any of the ingredients, and if your symptoms persist, be sure to get advice from your health practitioner. 

 

Prevention is the best cure

Nobody wants to get sick. A preventative approach to self care with trusted, traditional plant remedies and a healthy dose of common sense in the form of good nutrition and lifestyle choices will go a long way to keeping you well. Traditional plants can support your body's own defences, creating an internal environment that is fortified, strong and healthy.

See our Immune Support range to see the remedies we've formulated to keep you well.