Sunday, 15 March 2009

My favourite cold remedy: Echinacea & Ginseng tinctures

I haven't suffered any colds this winter (touch wood!) but if I feel like I might just get one/ my body is a bit run down I take a dose of Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) and Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea) tinctures. This was recommended by a friend a few years back and I've found it very effective. I usually take 5ml of each in some juice, and perhaps repeat later in the day if I feel its needed. It's important to get the highest possible quality tinctures you can - I bought mine from Herbs Hands Healing. You can tell if the Echinacea is good quality because if it is then it will have a peculiar tingling/ fizzing sensation in the mouth.

Of course, if I do get a cold, it's a sure sign that my body needs some real rest and TLC, and its also an opportunity to rest and reflect if I choose to take it. :-)

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  1. Sorry I missed your demonstration last Thursday at the MHG, I was up in North Yorkshire doing a bereavement course for work.

    The tingling sensation comes from using echinacea purpuea variety. If you use the augustifolia or the pallida you don't get the tingling.