Key respiratory herbs for winter

Winter is here and its time to support our respiratory health over the colder months, before the allergies appear in spring.

NZ grows some key respiratory herbs thanks to Phytomed and at Bodywise we can provide them as tailored made liquid tonics for little people to old people.

get your winter herbs from Bodywise

Our growing and atmospheric conditions in NZ have produced high quality herbs. Our top herbs for winter ailments that affect the lungs are:

Echinacea  Research shows it increases the number of white blood cells, which fight infections. Inulin-like fructans, also found in foods such as onion and garlic, acts as a prebiotic that in turn improves immunity through promoting healthy gut bacteria.

Kumerahou (Pomaderris kumerahou) is a well-known native herb used local Maori folk who shared the information with earlier settlers. This wonderful herb can help dislodge persistent mucous in respiratory conditons. 

Elecampane (Inula Helenium) – native to Europe and East Asia this amazing herb has a well-documented history of use as both a food and medicine for respiratory complaints. 

Volatile oils, relax and warm the lungs  while also providing antiseptic and expectorant actions, suitable for a wide range of dry to wet coughs.

Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana) – Early records show horseradish was used since the 13th century in Scandinavia, 

New Zealand-grown Horseradish is rich in medicinal glucosinolates and contains a small amount of strong volatile oils to support irritated and congested respiratory airways, encouraging the expulsion of excess mucus . It also acts to stimulate circulation and has a gentle warming action.

We would also suggest pre-winter that you top up on vitamins C and Zinc and have herbs ready to go at the first sign of trouble