Feeling a little run down? Have a sniffle? It’s a familiar story, especially during the change of seasons, when winter bugs are swirling around, or simply when you’re under a bit of pressure and life is downright busy!
As a first step, it’s always good to do a self-check… are you eating a healthy and balanced diet, exercising regularly and getting adequate rest? It can also be of extra value to give your body a helping hand by supplementing your diet.
But which nutrients are best to take?
Many of us have heard about increasing our vitamin C or Zinc intake during the ‘winter cold’ season, but what about herbs and spices? These natural ingredients can help us follow a more plant-based, sustainable approach to our health.
Let’s dive deeper into five golden plant ingredients that have been used for millennia to help support the body’s natural defences.
Widely studied and known as the ‘Superhero of Spice’, Turmeric has been used for centuries to address a whole host of health conditions related to the immune, respiratory, nervous, circulatory and digestive systems.
Modern medicine has recognised the importance of this golden spice and its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. It plays a beneficial role in the immune system, respiratory health and clearing congestion – something we all need during ‘winter cold’ season!
In Ayurveda, Lime is considered a cleanser for the body. In dry form, Lime powder contains vitamin C, calcium, dietary fibre, carotenoids and antioxidant-rich polyphenols.
Scientific studies have shown that Lime polyphenols have immune enhancing properties as well as anti-pathogenic effects. This makes it an ideal ingredient in immunity boosting supplements.
One of the best known and used items in the kitchen, Ginger has been integral in Eastern medicinal systems and home remedies since ancient times. The 51 bioactive compounds in Ginger have been known to provide various pharmacological properties such as antioxidant and anti-microbial effects.
Ginger is used to ease a variety of ailments including pain, inflammation, immunity, respiratory and digestive disorders. Today, Ginger is still considered a natural immune system booster and a common remedy for easing flu symptoms and mild nausea.
Lemongrass (also called Citronella) is known as “fever grass” in traditional medicine, owing to its use in lowering fever, alleviating coughs and helping with breathing problems related to seasonal allergies.
In dry form, Lemongrass contains a range of phytoconstituent compounds that have shown antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties. These natural properties make it an ideal ingredient in digestive health supplements and supplements to boost the immune system.
5. Black Pepper
Commonly used in herbal medicine, and sitting in almost every kitchen around the world, Black Pepper is used in Ayurveda to stimulate the circulatory, digestive and respiratory systems.
From asthma to skin infections, upset stomachs to stuffy noses, it has a number of applications in home remedies. In ancient Chinese and Indian medicine, Black Pepper is used as a natural medicinal agent for the treatment of pains, chills, flus and fevers.
These five plant ingredients feature in BOOSTING AMBERS by BOTANISTRY. Botanistry Blends are 100% natural & organic, plant-based dietary supplement powders formulated for function and flavour. Each of the certified organic ingredients is ethically sourced and independently tested to the highest NZ standards, so you can be sure that every teaspoon provides a potent and high quality dose to support your overall health and wellness.