Taken from our classic Plant Life Balance look, The Remedy, the below plants are easy to grow and can help with warding off common winter ailments. They’re often found in immune booster products found in supermarkets and chemists, but the natural way is always better!
Echinacea is said to positively affect our physiology as an anti-inflammatory, pain reliever, and as a boost to the immune system. Brewing dried leaves and flower of mature plants makes a soothing tea that is often used as a preventative measure during the colder months.
Spicy dishes warm the soul in winter, but chilli peppers are also rich in nutrients like vitamins C (a powerful antioxidant), B6 and K1, as well as potassium, copper and beta carotene, which the body turns into vitamin A.
A classic winter remedy is hot water with lemon and honey, or even better, a hot toddy. No matter how you consume it, it’s super high in vitamin C and can reduce the risk of the common cold.
Sage is loaded with antioxidants and makes a soothing tea. Historically, it carried great value for it’s healing properties and it’s a botanical name, Salvia Officinalis, comes from the Latin word “salvere” meaning “to be saved.” It can be made into a tea using three leaves steeped in hot water – lemon and honey optional (but why not?).
A rich source of vitamins A and C, as well as iron, potassium, calcium and magnesium, boil up three leaves with one large lemon (cut up) and about half a litre of water for a soothing tea that promotes good health.
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