Get set for the Cold Season

Coughs, colds and sniffles only catch you if your immune system is down, and if you do get sick, natural treatments are often the best. It’s important knowing what works best for the relief of symptoms and how to support your immune system so you stay healthy.

If you get sick there isn’t much to do other than rest, right? – Actually, some natural remedies have been shown to speed up recovery and significantly reduce the duration of a cold or flu.

A number of vitamins, minerals and nutrients are important for a strong and healthy immune system. – Ask us which ones have been shown to be most effective and can keep you well this winter.

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Elderberry – Sambucus

Elderberry (Sambucus Nigra) is used for its antioxidant activity to improve vision, boost the immune system, improve heart health and for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and tonsillitis. Elderberry juice was used to treat a flu epidemic in Panama in 1995.


Elderberry – Sambucus Nigra

Elderberries contain organic pigments, tannin, amino acids, carotenoids, flavonoids, sugar, rutin, viburnic acid, vitamin A and B and a large amount of vitamin C. Flavonoids, including quercetin, are believed to account for the therapeutic actions of the elderberry flowers and berries.

Elderberries have been a folk remedy for centuries in North America, Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa, hence the medicinal benefits of elderberries are being investigated and rediscovered. Elderberry is used for its antioxidant activity. Bioflavonoids and other proteins in the juice destroy the ability of cold and flu viruses to infect a cell.

People with the flu who took elderberry juice reported less severe symptoms and felt better much faster than those who did not.

– Elderberry for prevention and treatment of viral respiratory illnesses: a systematic review

– NHS researchers trial black elderberry liquid as a treatment for Covid-19

Back to School Blues

Q. My son hates going back to school after the freedom of the holidays. Also he often ends up with head lice or a sore throat thanks to at least one of his schoolmates which just makes things worse. What can I do to get him to go back more willingly and keep him clear of bugs and beasties?


A. Going back to school is always a traumatic time for kids, both boys and girls, as they face the challenges of the year ahead, but yes, there are gentle remedies that can help.

Passiflora is a wonderful herbal remedy that may help to calm frayed nerves. If your son just lacks a little self confidence, you could try Indigo Essences, gentle essences, which are made in Ireland and help transform negative emotions such as shyness or low self esteem into positive ones.

Head lice are all-to-common undesired guests. As only one in five people with head lice have an itchy scalp the best way to find out if your family has them is by regular checking! How do you get rid of them? You want something that is gentle but also effective at ridding your life of lice. Neem shampoo is a natural head lice repellent that contains Neem seed extract, which is both gentle on the scalp and superbly effective. The beauty of it is that it doesn’t just get rid of the lice but also the eggs, which most chemical shampoos can’t do.

Children who are well nourished will have stronger immune systems and will be better able to throw off infections. It is not healthy to be overly protected from bugs and beasties – the immune system needs some challenges in order to mature. Feed your child well, make sure they run about in the fresh air regularly, and don’t worry about the occasional cold or runny nose. Turning the central heating up and dosing them with antibiotics will just weaken their immune function in the long term.

If your child is healthy all summer and then picks up a bug the minute he returns to school you can give them Echinacea and Vitamin C to help prevent them falling ill.

Sage is a very effective natural remedy to treat sore throats.

All remedies are available in-store.