Need something to fight chills, ills and tummy bugs and more?
Echinacea is a wonderful herb to help us with infections and our stress response. How wonderful is that.
From our Bodywise herbal dispensary we offer the most effective species and parts of the Echinacea plant that are historically used and scientifically researched to balance the immune system and support our stress response. We do not consider Echinacea to be an immune booster. That is to be avoided by some folk. We consider it to be immunomodulator that help the body prepare and cope with infections.
Effects on Stress?
Stress is known to increase inflammation in the body and reduce immunity. Echinacea has been shown to be beneficial in counteracting the negative effects that stress and anxiety can have on the immune system. It helps to boost the immune system whilst also reducing the inflammation caused by long term stress (8, 9).
Which species of Echinacea are used
Echinacea comes from the long history of use by Native Americans who preferred the root of the Echinacea Angustifolia. Their definition of quality was the sensation of tingling on the tongue. In Europe in the 1930’s the Echinacea Purpurea tops were used as a fresh juice. Today herbalist use a balance of both.
Echinacea well known for immune system however this wonderful herb is also well used for auto-immune diseases, during times of stress and the lymphatic system.
Our Echinacea is grown and prepared in NZ by Phytomed or comes from Australia from MediHerb.
To be in our Herbal Dispensary we want certainty of a herbs purity and efficacy!
The Echinacea available at Bodywise comes in singular or combined form, with a higher ratio of the Echinacea Angustifolia to Echinacea Purpurea. Contact us if you need advice.
We also stock our “Viral Ease” that has the big guns of herbal medicine to treat colds and flu. We know it doesn’t taste great but if you follow our guidelines and take regularly it can keep you well and get you back to normal life.
- Have it at home in your medicine cupboard
- Always dilute in at least 20mls of water or juice
- Start as soon as symptoms appear,
- Get the right dose for the right age
- Talk to us if you are on medications or are pregnant
It kicks bugs!
Please contact us if you would like to order either of these products and we will courier to you with payment by credit card or internet banking.
For those who like to dive deeper into the science around echinacea you can read this great article by Phil Rasmussen from NZ very own Phytomed, who grows this great herb so we can say it is Made in NZ
This article from MediHerb is interesting… believe that the Alkylamides (active phytochemicals) in Echinacea Angustifolia are the most active and potent species and have a stimulating effect on the immune system lasting for 6 hours whereas the Echinacea Purpurea lasts only 1-2 hours. Interestingly, the Angustifolia can slow down the degradation of the Purpurea within in the liver and therefore prolonging the effect of the Purpurea.