Surviving the festive season?

A time of good cheer, great parties and relaxation …

Well, maybe not, for those who spend the holiday period with indigestion, bloated stomachs and flatulence on account of the big meals.

Use Acidophilus Complex and Digestive Aid with enzymes, ginger and peppermint. It boosts the power of the digestive tract and minimises digestive trauma.

Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum)

For those hitting the bottle on their party-go-round, the must-have herbal remedy is Milk Thistle Complex, which should be taken before leaving home, on returning home and again in the morning.

Not only does it reduce the hang-over pain, it helps process rich, fatty foods, so it can be part of your New Year detox plan, too.

Christmas Shopping 🎅

Christmas shopping is in the air – putting up decorations, what present to buy, what food and alcohol to provide your relatives with.

It’s a time of year when many people tend to eat and drink too much, a time when many are lonely and feeling down, and a time of year when those of us that are parents rapidly go grey trying to find exactly what our little munchkins would like from Santy.

christmas-shopping

With all these different emotions and excesses, remedies such as Milk Thistle, Rescue Remedy, Passiflora and Echinacea are always excellent to have at hand, helping us all to get through this busy time of year.

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.

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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 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

– NHS researchers trial black elderberry liquid as a treatment for Covid-19 https://www.ekhuft.nhs.uk

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