Stay well this Winter

We do not need to get coughs, colds, flu and the winter blues..

Traditionally people have prepared for the dark months by changing their lifestyles to be in harmony with the season. Many old traditions of Medicine, in particular the Ayurvedic Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine, are based on the philosophy that we should live in harmony with the natural cycles of our environment.

This is the time of the year to reflect on our health, since the cold and darkness of the winter urges us to slow down. Many herbs and various supplements can help us to keep our immune system strong.

The correct food is of course an extremely important aspect in the maintenance of health but even more so in the winter. Sipping hot water throughout the day is sooting  and cleansing to our digestive system, an important aspect for the maintenance of good health, especially in the winter.

  • Soups and stews with rich stocks, adding warming spices like ginger and garlic.
  • Whole grains and root vegetables.
  • Miso and seaweed.
  • Walnuts and chestnuts – preferably cooked.

Echinacea, Garlic, Andrographis, Thyme, and many other herbs are known as Immune supporting herbs.

According to the latest research, nearly 90% of people in the UK suffer from D3 deficiency during the winter months. Apart from increasing your risk of infections and low mood it also can have some other serious health consequences.

It is thought that serotonin levels are affected by the lack of sun/light and consequently it affects our mood. An amino acid called 5HTP is said to help improve serotonin levels.

Have a light and bright winter.

Happy Seasonal wishes,

Iria x


Get Ready for The Change of Season 1

Autumn is approaching fast!

Get ready for the change of the Season, which always takes us by surprise…

The best thing we can do at this time of the Year, is to embark on a preventative program.

It is very simple and anyone can do it!

Here we are:

  1. Take the extra strong organic Echinacea from The Natural Pharmacie and start taking it now until after Christmas.
  2. Take the top quality Time Release Vitamin C, needless to say, from The Natural Pharmacie.
  3. In addition to the above, take also Zinc, which of course we can supply to you.
  4. Lastly, the all-important Vitamin D3. Not only does it support your immune system, but it also does influence your mood! See the latest research on this very important vitamin. We now have the new one, which comes with the higher recommended dose, based on the results of the latest research.

The Echinacea and Zinc together with the Vitamin D3 are good immune booster, and the Vitamin C will be supporting you with its anti-oxidant effects.

Of course Diet is extremely important. Reduce foods that are considered mucus forming such as:

  • Cows milk
  • Cows cheese
  • Foods made with refined flour, too much of the vegetables that belong to the Salanaceae Family: like Potatoes, tomatoes, aubergines.
  • Alcohol, sorry, yes. Too much of it depletes our reserves and the bugs will not miss the chance!

Should you still get the bug, it will for sure be an easier ride. Also dosage of the above can be increased during the infected period.

For the correct dosage of any herbs and additional seasonal tips, please call us or send us an email and we will be happy to help!

Iria Kreutz-Schiller
Medical Herbalist

Note: If you are on prescribed medication, consult your doctor. The above is intended as information only.