Now that we’re well into Autumn, it’s time to turn our attention to the winter months. If, like us here at The Garden Style Company, you’ve already come down with your first cold of the season, and are looking for ways to boost your winter health, then read on.

Today, we’re looking at the best plant remedies for a healthy winter.

Echinacea

Hard to spell, and equally difficult to pronounce correctly, Echinacea is a wonder of the plant world. This amazing plant apparently works by boosting the activity of your white blood cells and so is almost magical when it comes to fending off colds, sneezes, and other assorted winter ailments. If you’ve ever tried it, you’ll know what we’re talking about. At the first sign of a cold, get yourself down to the health food shop as fast as you can!

 

Elderberry

Part of the honeysuckle family, elderberry extract can work to reduce the symptoms of flu – a truly horrible winter bug. With a long history of use, elderberry can reduce the severity of a flu attack and minimise the duration as well.

 

St John’s Wort

Feeling a little low or utterly down in the dumps during the winter months is much more common than you might at first think. One of the more commonly consumed herbal remedies, St John’s Wort claims to improve mood and boost hopefulness. It is worth noting that it can interfere with hormonal contraception – it’s definitely worth checking with a doctor before you try it in that case.

 

Ginseng

Ginseng seems to be added to all sorts of products these days. Thanks to its famous ability to improve energy levels, ginseng has been shown to reduce fatigue, anxiety as well as to boost concentration and productivity.

 

Ginkgo

Ginkgo is another top seller in the herbal remedy stakes. Known for its ability to improve circulation and improve lung health, it could be worth a try if you suffer from sluggishness and chesty congestion during the winter months. One of the world’s oldest plants, Ginkgo has been used in tradition medicines since the fifteenth century in China.

 

Chamomile

If you don’t feel like you could hibernate all winter long and struggle with insomnia, a nice soothing cup of chamomile tea could be the answer you’re looking for. Available ready-prepared in supermarkets up and down the land, a nice, soothing and warm cup of chamomile tea an hour before bed can work wonders.

 

A Word of Caution

It might be best to consult a doctor before trying any herbal remedy for the first time. If in doubt, do plenty of your own research and consult a trusted medical opinion.

 

We never fail to be amazed by the power of plants to heal our bodies and our souls. From the known benefits of gardening as an activity to improve your general health and well-being, to the impact of plants to target specific illnesses, it does seem like Mother Nature gave us everything we need to help make ourselves feel better – whatever the time of year.