Herbal Remedies for autumn

Stay Healthy This Autumn With Natural Herbal Remedies

With the summer behind us and winter closing in, it’s time to think about natural herbal remedies to boost your immune system as the cold season starts. Herbal medicines containing extracts of herbs such as Echinacea, St John’s Wort and Milk Thistle are all popular traditional remedies that have been used for centuries to address common cold-weather complaints such as colds, low mood or over-indulgence.

Colder weather and shorter days can have an impact on your mood and sense of well-being. According to research by the American Psychological Association, experiencing a lower mood can reduce the efficiency of your immune system, making it harder to deal with illnesses such as seasonal colds and flu.

By trying to keep your mood buoyant, you can boost your energy levels and help your body to keep winter bugs at bay.

Here are our three top tips to help you stay happy and healthy this autumn:

1.      Get Plenty of Fresh Autumn Air

Make the most of the beautiful autumn weather before it gets too cold and wet. Enjoy crunchy leaves underfoot and autumn sunshine on walks around town or in the countryside.  Just thirty minutes of brisk walking every day can have a positive impact on your physical health and it’s is an excellent way to fight depression or anxiety.

2.     Enjoy Seasonal Food

If you think that all the best fruit and vegetables come into season during the summer months, think again.  

The autumn harvest offers some of the tastiest and most nourishing natural produce:  Cauliflower, cabbage, celery, pumpkins and potatoes are all at their best this time of year and are perfect for making healthy, hearty soups.  You can satisfy your sweet tooth with homemade pies and crumbles using apples, blackberries and pears, which are all full of flavour and nutrients at this time of year.

Whatever you choose to tuck into this autumn, support your digestive system naturally. You can avoid feeling over full and sluggish by taking traditional herbal medicine containing Milk Thistle which is designed to help relieve the symptoms of over-indulging in stodgy food.

3.     Try Herbal Remedies and Natural Products

The damp autumn weather can bring on the first winter colds, but traditional herbal remedies and natural products can be used to help improve your resilience to winter bugs. Tea tree oil is excellent for use all year round, and stuffy noses can benefit from breathing in the steam from a basin of hot water containing a few drops.  Echinacea has long been valued for its bug-beating properties and is a must-have for anyone looking to keep in good health over the winter. HRI Cold & Flu Echinacea is a traditional herbal medicinal product used to relieve the symptoms of the common cold and flu type infections and contains extract from Echinacea purpurea root.

You can also use herbal medicines help to boost your mood: St John’s wort extract in licensed traditional herbal remedies such as HRI Good Mood can help to relieve the symptoms of slightly low mood and mild anxiety that can affect us at all this time of year, based on traditional use. And if your mood is better, your immune system could be stronger too.

Getting out in the open, eating healthy seasonal produce and trying traditional herbal remedies that are approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Agency (MHRA)  can all help to give your health, wellbeing and immune system a boost this autumn.

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