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Winter remedies to try this June

Jam-pack your garden (and your belly) with these health-fortifying plants to help you weather the winter months.

With flu season upon us and COVID-19 still around, it’s really important that we continue to look after our physical health and wellbeing. The good news is there’s a whole lot of easy-grow remedies that can be cultivated in your backyard, terrace or balcony space to help you get a head start in avoiding common winter ailments.

These same plants are regularly found in immune-boosting products in supermarkets and chemists, so don’t worry – we’re not getting all witchy on you! Check out some of our favourites below, hand-selected from our Remedy style shoot for a herbal vibe you can easily recreate at home.

Echinacea

Also known as the ‘purple coneflower’, Echinacea has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiviral properties, making it a commonly-used ingredient in supplements and immunity boosters. Brewing dried Echinacea leaves and flowers makes a soothing tea that is often used as a preventative measure during the colder months.

Chilli peppers

Spicy dishes warm the soul in winter, but chilli peppers are also a great boost for your health as they’re rich in vitamins and minerals including vitamin C (a powerful antioxidant, and important for wound healing and immune function), potassium and copper. Throw some chilli in a delicious plant-based soup and you’ll be glowing from the inside out.

Lemon

We can’t get past this winter remedy classic – a squeeze of fresh lemon in hot water with a spoon of honey. Lemon is super high in vitamin C, can help to reduce the common cold, improves your skin quality and aids digestion. Add drinking a glass of this one to your morning routine and you won’t look back!

Sage

A member of the mint family (along with lavender, oregano, rosemary, basil and thyme – who knew?!), sage is loaded with antioxidants and makes a soothing tea. Historically, it carried great value for its healing properties and its 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?).

Need to pick up a few things to complete your winter remedy garden? Check out our nursery finder to find your closest Plant Life Balance-accredited nursery, then rug up and pay the experts a visit.

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