alex backshellOver the last five years my kitchen cupboards have become my medicine cabinet, I put my faith in nature and so far…..it hasn’t let me down!!alex backshell

I distinctly remember the last time I bought  some flu medicine. The pharmacist started reeling off a whole list of side effects, precautions, allergic reactions and dangers, it was enough to send anyone running to the hills!  

I’m more into wisdom these days.

Herbal medicine was being used eons  before pharmaceutical drugs ever came on the scene. The knowledge behind herbal medicines has been handed down from generation to generation which fascinates me, some are even traced back to prehistoric times!

Prescription drugs are usually composed of synthetic materials. They can be very powerful but come with a whole list of side effects and overburden the liver. Most prescriptive drugs are designed for one specific health problem.  

By contrast, herbs act on several parts of the body at once….for example if you were taking Ginko Biloba for your circulation it would also be enhancing your memory! A win win situation! 

So what are my three top winter herbs:

Echinacea (Purple Coneflower)alex backshell

At the beginning of September Echinacea goes top shelf in my cupboards! Its   my ultimate go to when I want  to start building my immune system for the winter months. It has an amazing ability to stimulate activity of the cells responsible for fighting all kinds of infection. Echinacea makes our own immune cells more efficient at attacking bacteria, viruses and abnormal cells including cancer cells.

IMG_2242[1]Cleavers

Cleavers is a herb that has been used for centuries and its all about the lymph!!  Its considered one of the best tonics to help drain  the lymphatic system of any nasty invaders floating around in the body. It also stimulates the activity of the lymphatic system and organs so they can do their job properly. Cleavers also  contains properties that cleanse and nourish the blood. Its high in vitamin C and flavonoids that provide the body with antioxidants to replenish and strengthen the immune system.

In winter I take these two wonder herbs in tincture form.

A tincture is an alcohol extraction of a herb – the alcohol extracts the medicinal constituents of the herb through the process of osmosis, resulting in a concentrated medical liquid.

I  like tinctures because they are concentrated, portable, and easy to take. They also have a long shelf life.

My absolute favourite is Viridian, the UK’s leading brand of ethical vitamins. They are family owned and managed and worth checking out.

Echinacea and Cleavers are two herbs I would definitely recommend you have on board through the winter months.

Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge. Remedies from chemicals will never stand in favour compared with the products of nature, the living cell of the plant, the final result of the rays of the sun, the mother of all life ~ T.A Edison 

I hope this has given you some more winter wellness inspiration.

Have a wonderful weekalexandra backshell

Alexandra ♥