Winter is now in full force. Unfortunately, this is when our bodies can be at their most vulnerable. With the cold weather comes coughs, colds and the flu. Luckily, there are some immune-boosting herbs to help you naturally stay well and feel your best this winter.
Pukka Herbs’ very own Master Herbsmith, Sebastian Pole, has shared his best natural remedies and top tips.
So, what should be your go-to winter warriors?
Echinacea: It is thought to be particularly helpful for fighting infections in the respiratory tract, such as colds, flus and sore throats. This renowned immune tonic is warming and stimulating, helping to enhance vitality. Both the root and leaf are used in Pukka’s Elderberry & Echinacea tea to boost the body’s immune system.
Elderberry: These autumnal purple fruits are cell protectors; packed full of anti-viral and anti-inflammatory constituents, including Vitamin C (a powerful antioxidant), anthocyanin, lignans and flavonoids. They are said to ‘de-activate’ viruses, helping to stop them from spreading through the body.
Ginger: Warming and stimulating, this root has thermogenic (otherwise known as fat-burning) properties and helps to boost metabolism. It is both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. As well as this, the essential oils in this root have been shown to stimulate the circulation and reduce the stickiness of platelets in the blood to promote healthy circulation.
Andrographis: A potent anti-bacterial and anti-microbial herb to support the digestive, liver and respiratory systems, whilst also moderating the inflammatory response. Andrographis acts both as an immunostimulant and an immunomodulator, giving it the ability to reduce the severity and duration of infections such as colds, flu and sore throats, together with parasitic infections of the gastro-intestinal tracts.
Tips for staying well this winter
- Make time to get enough sleep
Good sleep helps our immune system produce antibodies and proteins that fight against infection. So, after a busy day, take the time to wind down and relax so that you can get some good quality shut-eye.
- Cut back on cold drinks and get the kettle on
Hot drinks are said to help loosen secretions in the chest and sinuses, making them easier to expel and ultimately clear up congestion, as well as reverse dehydration. Research by Cardiff University saw how a hot drink can provide immediate and sustained relief from symptoms such as a runny nose, cough, sneezing, sore throat, chilliness or tiredness. It might be time to invest in an eco-friendly kettle.
- Load up on vegetables and fruit
They’re rich in vitamin C, of course, but also a plethora of other plant nutrients that work with vitamin C to support our immunity. To see the best health-boosting benefits, make sure you eat a variety of different coloured fruit and vegetables and where you can, try to ensure your fruit and veg are organic.
Pukka Herbs’ Seasonal Wellness 7 Day Kit
Pukka’s Seasonal Wellness 7 Day Kit has been expertly formulated by Medical Herbalist and Ayurvedic practitioner, Sebastian Pole, using 100% organic medicinal grade herbs, providing natural immune support when you need it most.
The Seasonal Wellness 7 Day Kit includes Pukka’s popular Elderberry & Echinacea tea and Andrographis, a natural herbal supplement that can be taken daily to enhance the body’s natural defences and overall health.
Along with tea and supplements, the kit contains a comprehensive wellbeing guide from Pukka’s team of qualified herbal experts with key diet and lifestyle tips to help you stay on tip-top form this winter.
Available on the Pukka website for £10.