Tips from our herbalist

Tuesday 13 October 2015

As the temperature drops and we edge towards the winter months, our resident herbalist Jane Wallwork-Gush, offers some more tips and remedies to ward off seasonal ailments. 

Autumn is the time of year to prepare for the winter ahead and take herbs with immune boosting properties to help prevent ill health. The fruits of the autumn harvest and herbs from the summer harvest play an important role at this time of year in supporting the immune system.

Eleutherococcus root is also referred to as Siberian Ginseng. Whilst not a true ginseng it is a powerful tonic herb. As an immune protector Eleutherococcus is used more for maintaining good health than treating illness. It is also a valuable treatment to aid recuperation from chronic disorders because of its tonic effect. Post viral fatigue syndrome can be very debilitating and this herb is of considerable help to recovery.

Elecampane is also known as Elfwort. It is an effective herb for treating respiratory conditions. It is a tonic expectorant used to clear the lungs of mucous with a warming and soothing action on the bronchial tube linings. Elecampane also has an anti inflammatory effect in addition to having the ability to counteract infection. Its anti spasmodic action alleviates irritable and persistent coughs and can also be a supportive treatment for asthma.

Thyme is another excellent respiratory tonic. It has an antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal action. A very effective remedy for throat infections, thyme can render an irritating, dry cough productive and also has a calming effect through its antispasmodic action. Used as an external application thyme will help fungal issues such as thrush, ringworm and athlete’s foot.

Yarrow is used internally for a wide range of health conditions. It is a vasodilator, boosting circulation and a diaphoretic inducing sweating. This action is helpful at the first signs of a cold or a flu bug as it helps to bring down a raised temperature. Yarrow is one of the most common constituents of cold and flu mixes. It is also a natural antiseptic. Externally yarrow is an incredible wound healer and a powerful salve can be made from the flowers and the essential oil.

Echinacea Tincture 30ml
Eleutherococcus Tincture 15ml
Elderberry Tincture 30ml
Rosehip Tincture 20ml
Hawthorn Tincture 5ml or Astragalus Tincture
Blend in a 100ml bottle and take 2.5ml daily for 21 days and then take a break for 7 days and resume.
Thyme Tincture 50ml
Elecampane root Tincture 50ml
Blend in a 100ml bottle and take up to 5ml daily added to a tea infusion of Coltsfoot and Mullein