5 Herbs to help you survive winter

03 January, 2014

1. Elderberry (Sambucas nigra)
2. Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
3. Echinacea (Echinacea angustigolia or Echinacea purpurea)
4. Turmeric (Curcurma longa)
5. Goldenseal Root (Hydrastis Canadensis)


1. Elderberry (Sambucas nigra)

The Black Elderberry has grown throughout Europe for hundreds of years and provides an abundant source of beautiful shiny black berries.  These berries may be boiled and combined with other herbs to make a soothing cough syrup (recipe below).  Studies have shown (1)(2) that elderberries may support the immune system and significantly reduce the duration of colds and flu.  Additionally elderberries are antiviral helping to combat many infections, alleviate symptoms associated with allergies and generally good for the respiratory system.


Cough Syrup:




500ml filtered water

120gm fresh elderberries

1 cinnamon stick

1 teaspoon cloves

340gm brown sugar




Put the water in a thick bottomed pan and add the elderberries, cinnamon and cloves.  Simmer for 20 mins.  Allow to cool for 20 mins and sieve through a muslin (squeezing well).  Discard the pulp.  Place the liquid back into a pan and bring the volume back to 1 pint.  Add the sugar and gently heat until the sugar is dissolved.  Allow to cool and pour into dark bottles and cap.  Store somewhere cool.


Dosage: 3 teaspoons, three times a day


Proprietarty goods within Shipley Health store:


Lamberts Imuno-Strength liquid 500ml – £15.65


Bio Nutri Elderberry Complex 90 tablets - £17.99


2. Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

Fresh ginger root is readily available and is a useful herb for making a warming and anti-inflammatory tea to help with the symptoms of colds and sinus infections (see below).  Ginger is known to help settle the stomach and is an excellent remedy for nausea and morning sickness during pregnancy.  Ginger may be consumed by children of all ages.



Ginger and lemon tea



3 slices of fresh ginger root

1 tablespoon of lemon juice

1 teaspoon honey (optional)

1 cup of boiling water


Directions: Place all ingredients in a mug and add the boiling water.  Drink either hot or cold.


Note: Do not give honey to children under 1 year of age.


Proprietary products in Shipley Health Store:


Fresh organic ginger root


Lamberts Ginger Capsules – 60’s - £9.40


Solgar Ginger Root capsules – 100’s - £9.92


3. Echinacea (Echinacea angustigolia or Echinacea purpurea)

Echinacea is one of the most popular herbs today and is considered to be a prime remedy for colds and flu as it is considered to support the immune system.


Proprietary products in Shipley Health Store


A.Vogel – Echinacea tincture 50ml - £9.65

A. Vogel – Echinaforce Forte 40 tablets - £10.20 


4. Turmeric (Curcurma longa)


Turmeric root has gained popularity lately as a strong anti-inflammatory.  It’s been shown to fight colds, infections, and even cancer.  It’s also been shown to help liver disease, Alzheimer’s, and other chronic illnesses.


Proprietary products in Shipley Health Store


Lamberts High Potency Turmeric 10,000mg 60 tablets - £19.95


Solgar Turmeric root extract 60 capsules - £14.35


5. Goldenseal Root (Hydrastis Canadensis)

Goldenseal root is considered the ‘antibiotic’ of the herbal world and is reported to be effective in treating both bacterial and viral infections.  It is used to strengthen the immune system and generally support the respiratory system.  


Proprietary products in Shipley Health Store.


Swiss Herbal Remedies – Golden Seal tincture 50ml - £14.99



  1. ^ Zakay-Rones, Z; Thom, E; Wollan, T; Wadstein, J (2004)."Randomized study of the efficacy and safety of oral elderberry extract in the treatment of influenza A and B virus infections.".The Journal of International Medical Research 32 (2): 132–40.doi:10.1177/147323000403200205PMID 15080016.
  2. Jump up^ Barak, V; Halperin, T; Kalickman, I (2001). "The effect of Sambucol, a black elderberry-based, natural product, on the production of human cytokines: I. Inflammatory cytokines".European cytokine network 12 (2): 290–6. PMID 11399518.
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