NATURAL REMEDIES FOR IMMUNITY DURING THE COLD AND FLU SEASON

Hi Akme readers!
As we are entering into the middle of autumn where the weather is slowly changing to cooler temperatures and we are all getting less sunlight (which means less vitamin D), consequentially, our immune systems are also impacted.

Why do we get Cold and Flu symptoms in winter?

Physically, our body naturally wants to stay indoors to keep ourselves warm where we go into hibernation mode. However, it's this chain of events where it increases our chances of becoming sick. Firstly, we are not allowing our bodies to get enough fresh air as we are staying indoors longer which poor air quality, but also the cold temperatures and dry air outside allow viruses to live longer. These are the main reasons why in Winter season there is a spike of the cold and flu. 

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So to touch on this topic of immunity, cold and flu remedies, we wanted to share with you a wide range of natural ways that can help you and your family get through this season.

We have curated a mixture of popular methods and products as well as some that may be new to your knowledge. However way, it is all-natural and goodness to your body which we love!

Here is a count down of 6 natural home remedies and preventions.
1. Kiwiherb - Echinature
2. Mamaoaka - Propolis Throat Spray
3. Berringa - Manuka Honey
4. Chunho Foods - Pear Juice
5. Superfeast - Maisons Mushroom 
6. The Ginger People - Ginger Juice 

1. Kiwiherb - Echinature

Echinacea extract is well known in homeopathic medicines and is usually the preferred herb to combat winter ailments. This powerful natural herb is native to North America and has been used in western traditional medicines since the early settlers. It is full of antioxidants that may help defend your body against oxidative stress. It contains natural chemicals that attack yeast and other types of fungi.

Kiwiherb Echinacea extract is a premium Echinacea product made from Certified Organic, New Zealand grown Echinacea purpurea root. The kids' range is a popular one for those who are looking for a safe alternative homeopathic medicine for the immune system. The naturally sweet flavour of apple juice and orange is what makes it easy for kids to take.

Children's Echinature 100ml Oral Liquid - Akme Nature
Children's Echinature 100ml Oral Liquid - Akme Nature

Children's Echinature 100ml Oral Liquid

$40.50

Children’s Echinature is the essential immune product for children, made from premium certified organic Echinacea root, in a base of organic apple juice with natural orange flavour. 

Being in a convenient liquid form, Children's Echinature is great for children who can't swallow tablets, and it also allows for greater dosage flexibility.

Kiwiherb Children’s Echinature is made from premium organic Echinature root grown in the beautiful Canterbury Plains of New Zealand.

  • Helps maintain healthy immune function
  • Symptomatic relief of recurrent upper respiratory tract infections
  • May reduce the severity and duration of colds
  • Convenient liquid formulation
  • Great orange taste
  • Certified organic
Ingredients

Echinacea purpurea root (organic) 400mg / 2ml.In a base of organic apple juice concentrate with natural orange oil flavour.

Contains no artificial colours, flavours, sweeteners or preservatives, gluten, yeast or dairy derivatives. Contains less than 0.5 % ethanol.

Dosage

Children 2-5yrs: 1 - 2ml;

Children 6-12yrs: 2 - 4ml;

Adults: 4 – 10ml (or use Echinature);

Maintenance Dose: Take once daily.

During risk times: Take 2 - 4 times daily.

Dilute in 30ml of water or juice and drink immediately. 
Follow with a glass of water if necessary.

Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist consult your healthcare professional.


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2. Mamaoaka - Propolis Throat Spray

Propolis is well known for its anti-bacterial benefits. It is made from tree resin that the bees collect, which they use to sanitise their beehive from any bacteria contamination.
Key ingredients like UMF10+ Manuka honey, as well as peppermint and olive extract, helps to fight against any bacteria in the mouth as all these ingredients have elevated anti-bacterial effects.

The throat spray is used to help those with sore throats or to clear out the mouth area and is great for travel. Just spritz a few times into the mouth to get that refreshing peppermint taste as well as the natural benefits of keeping out any bacteria from entering into the mouth! 

Propolis Throat Spray - with UMF 10+ Manuka Honey 25mL - Akme Nature
Propolis Throat Spray - with UMF 10+ Manuka Honey 25mL - Akme Nature
Propolis Throat Spray - with UMF 10+ Manuka Honey 25mL - Akme Nature

Propolis Throat Spray - with UMF 10+ Manuka Honey 25mL

$18.00

Mamaoaka Propolis Spray is a convenient travel-size product with added peppermint flavour that offers a quick and easy way to freshen breath, supports the immune system, soothes & protects the throat area from bacteria. With powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agents, it is beneficial for anyone who is always ‘on the go’.

Size: 25mL / 0.8 fl oz

PREVENT | PROTECT | HEAL | REFRESH

Benefited to:
  • People who lives in cities with high pollution.
  • People who use voice often.
  • People with dry/sore throat.
  • People surrounded in high bacteria contaminated environments.
  • Fast oral Hygiene care.

FREE From:

  • Artificial Colours Free
  • Artificial Flavouring  Free
  • Alcohol Free
  • Fragrance Free
  • Cruelty Free
  • Sugar Free
  • PEGS Free

Key Ingredients

Propolis
Resin collected by bees from trees or plants combined with bee discharge and beeswax that has healing properties and anti-bacterial affect.

Manuka Honey UMF10+   
Honey that is made from the extracts of New Zealand’s Manuka bush, unique only to New Zealand. It has an antibacterial component that isn’t in regular honey.  UMF 10+ is a premium standard of quality, ranging from 5-20+ UMF ratings.

Peppermint Oil
Peppermint helps to unclog sinus areas and relieves from scratchy throat while it also helps to freshen breath and support oral health. Best essential oil for respiratory conditions.

Olive Leaf Extract  
Extract from crushed olive leaf. It has antiviral properties and helps to kill bacteria and fight off infections, improving the immune system.

How to use?
Spray 2-5 pumps into the mouth and throat as often as required. Aim towards back of throat. Shake well before use. 

Ingredients

Aqua, Glycerin, Peppermint Oil, Sorbitol, Propolis Extract, Active Manuka Honey UMF 10+, Centella Asiatica Extract, Menthol, Peppermint Oil, Lemon flavour, Olive leaf extract.

Warnings & Cautions:
Always read the label. Use only as directed.
If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

WARNINGS: Propolis may cause severe allergic reactions. If irritation or swelling of the mouth, skin or throat occurs, discontinue use and consult a healthcare practitioner.
Not to be used in children under two years of age without medical advice.
Pregnant or lactating women: Consult a healthcare professional before taking this product.

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3. Berringa - Manuka Honey

Manuka honey has been a long time favourite when it comes to curing cold and flu ailments for many households. What makes Manuka honey so special compared to regular honey is that it has antibacterial properties. The active ingredient of Methylglyoxal is what creates the antibacterial effect.

We are in love with the Australian brand Berringa because they have kept the original texture of oozy honey. Unlike other Manuka honey products in the market, this brand has stuck to keeping the ooziness of the texture which also naturally has crystallisation on the bottom. This natural texture makes it easier to incorporate Manuka honey into your daily foods like yogurt bowls and pancakes.

Try drinking Manuka honey with warm water (under 40 degrees) and lemon every morning and night to speed up with the recovery from the cold and flu. 

Manuka Honey 400+MGO 250g/500g - Akme Nature
Manuka Honey 400+MGO 250g/500g - Akme Nature
Manuka Honey 400+MGO 250g/500g - Akme Nature
Manuka Honey 400+MGO 250g/500g - Akme Nature

Manuka Honey 400+MGO 250g/500g

$49.90

Suitable for: DIGESTIVE HEALTH

Berringa's 100% Australian Manuka Honey MGO400+ is a high strength bio active honey suitable for digestive health, as well as general well-being.
It contains natural enzymes and antioxidants and has a pre-biotic effect to boost immunity. It is perfect as an additive for food and drinks, or it can be taken by itself (we recommend between 1-3 spoons daily).
Like all Berringa's antibacterial Manuka Honey, each batch is tested by independent NATA accredited laboratories, so you can be sure when it says MGO400+ the methylglyoxal level is at least that.

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4. Chunho Foods - Balloonflower & Pear Extract Juice 

Now, this combination of the ballonflower and pear juice isn’t very well known in the west. However, in Korean tradition, it has been used as a cough suppressant where it helps with phlegm and eases chest coughs.

Ballonflower in Eastern medicine is used to treat the lung and throat areas, due it is bioactive compounds that are found in the root. Korean pear (also known as the Asian pear) has vitamin c, potassium, and vitamin K. This particular drink is consumed after warmed up to help ease the throat.

As life in Korea has become a fast-paced country, people wanted easier ways to get access to this natural drink which Chunho foods have made available. 

Balloonflower & Pear Extract Juice 1pk | 5pk | 10pk | 30pk - Akme Nature
Balloonflower & Pear Extract Juice 1pk | 5pk | 10pk | 30pk - Akme Nature

Balloonflower & Pear Extract Juice 1pk | 5pk | 10pk | 30pk

$3.80

Balloonflower and Pear Juice retain all of the balloonflower's effect and removes its bitter taste by adding pear and ginkgo concentrate. As a result, we have a product great for sore and dry throat.

80mL per sachet

Benefited to:

  • For those speaking a lot
  • For those with frequent sore throat symptoms
  • Those suffering from coughing or phlegm

Dose and method
Daily intake of 2-3 times daily, one pack per use before or after meals. Depending on preferences, serve it chilled or hot for better taste.

Characteristic of the Product
1. 5 year old bellflower root 100, root consumption
100% Korean product contains high quality 5 year old bellflower roots grown in the region where ginseng is grown are carefully selected, extracted, and concentrated.

2. When the temperature is cool, the quality of bellflower roots is highest!
Deep rooted bellflowers growing in winter is most welcomed when the weather is cold. People have been traditionally drinking bellflower boiled water.

3. Easy to drink and great for health
The special bitter flavor of 5 year old bellflower roots are loved by many but some find them repulsive. <5 Year Old Bellflower Mild for the Throat> contains concentrated pear juice and gingko concentrate, making its flavor sweet and soft. Its advantage is to try ingredients beneficial for the human body all at once.

4. Ingredients great for the throat in a single pack!
<5 Year Old Bellflower Mild for the Throat> contains 5 year old bellflower roots grown in the region where ginseng is grown, which is extracted with added pear concentrate and gingko concentrate for better flower. You can reap the benefits of not only bellflower roots but also those of pear and gingko, making it an ideal product for children and the elderly constantly suffering from cold symptoms.

Ingredient
Balloonflower extract 82% (Brix 4% over, Korea), Pear concentrate (Brix 69% over, Korea), gingko extract(Brix 43% over)

Cautions
1. Keep in a cool place or a refrigerator away from direct sunlight.
2. It may have distinct fragrance and subsidence, but they do not mean anything wrong with the product. Also, shake and drink it before you drink.
3. It may vary in flavor and color depending on its country of origin, growth environment and harvesting time 
4. Do not use the product in a dilated or deformed container
5. After opening, be careful not to swallow the separate cap or to be out of reach of children.
6. Store the product left after drinking in a refrigerator or drink it up as soon as possible.
7. Extra-sensitive reactions may appear in those who have certain diseases or sensitive or allergy-prone systems and/or are under treatment for illnesses. Must check ingredients for compatibility before taking the product.

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5. Superfeast - Mason's Mushroom 

Adaptogenic mushrooms have gained the spotlight in the health industry and for a very good reason. It was always used for centuries in Chinese medicines for its many health benefits. Many adaptogenic mushrooms have high in antioxidants helping with immunity and digestion.

Immunity plays an important role in our lives for long term well-being and everyday health. Superfeast’s Mason’s Mushrooms have been an all-time favourite as they have created a tonic, mixing the highest quality ingredients of adaptogenic mushrooms like Chaga, Reishi, Lions mane and Cordyceps just to name a few. Instead of curing the problem, this tonic is good to prevent from catching a cold and flu. 

Mason's Mushrooms 50g | 100g - Akme Nature
Mason's Mushrooms 50g | 100g - Akme Nature

Mason's Mushrooms 50g | 100g

$29.96

Immune & Gut Tonic

A super-blend of nourishing medicinal mushrooms hand-picked to support immunity, gut health, hormonal function and the nervous system. Revered in ancient herbal traditions, these potent adaptogenic herbs boost vitality and encourage longevity.

Medicinal mushrooms possess a sophisticated immune system cultivated to ward off bacteria. When humans ingest these sacred mushrooms, they are bestowed with the herbs’ robust immunity and vast health-promoting properties.

May Support:

  • Energy & vitality
  • Immunity
  • Nervous system
  • Jing & Qi
  • GI tract & gut microbiome

SERVING SUGGESTION

Start with ¼ - ½ tsp daily.

Stir into hot water or plant milk for an instant tonic tea.

Works well in hot or cold drinks, broths and meals.

Wild chaga*, semi-wild reishi*, semi-wild lion’s mane, cultivated cordyceps CS-4, semi-wild Agaricus blazei, semi-wild shiitake, semi-wild poria, semi-wild maitake extract powders. *dual extract.

Ingredients

Wild chaga*, semi-wild reishi*, semi-wild lion’s mane, cultivated cordyceps CS-4, semi-wild Agaricus blazei, semi-wild shiitake, semi-wild poria, semi-wild maitake extract powders. *dual extract.

 

100% pure mushroom medicine - absolutely no fillers, preservatives or additives of any kind used.

Superior quality - the ancient sourcing criteria we live by is called Di Tao, and Superfast take it VERY seriously. Sourcing from the most pristine mountains, valleys and plains in extremely rural regions where the herbs are spiritually at home. From the growers, the foragers, the extractors, to Superfeast, the herbs are handled with extreme reverence; this is true Di Tao herbalism.

Rigorous and independently tested to ensure purity - Superfeast tests for metals, pesticides, moulds, microbials and more, twice in house and with TGA accredited facilities.

Independently tested. No added fillers or starches. Packed by weight, not volume.

These statements have not been evaluated by the TGA or FDA.

If pregnant or breastfeeding please consult with your healthcare provider before adding these herbs to your diet.

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6. The Ginger People - Ginger Juice 

Last but not least the humble ginger. Ginger is high in anti-inflammatory and antioxidants that give so many benefits to the body and general well-being. Due to its high level of inflammatory gingerols and shogaols, that’s found in the root, help to relieve sore throats and fight against the viruses in the body. This is why ginger is so popular in colder seasons and the scent also brings a nostalgic aspect to it when drinking it at home during winter. 

Organic Ginger Juice 946 mL - Akme Nature
Organic Ginger Juice 946 mL - Akme Nature

Organic Ginger Juice 946 mL

$29.95

Discover the goodness of ginger in its most convenient form Ginger Juice.

At last! Ginger made easy. Discover the goodness of ginger in its most convenient form – Organic Ginger Juice. No need to peel or chop anymore. Organic Ginger Juice is the perfect time-saving alternative to fresh or ground ginger. Just splash it on salads, over fish and in tea, stir fry, marinades, fruit juice, soups and more!
 

 Benefits

  • Organic
  • No Artificial Ingredients
  • Made With Fresh Ginger
  • Gluten Free
  • Vegan
  • Non-GMO Project Verified
Ingredients

Organic Ginger, citric acid.

Nutritional information
Nutritional Information per 100 mL (946mL bottle)
Calories 80Kj
Total Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0g
Sodium 10mg
Salt 0.03g
Total Carbohydrate 18g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 2g
Protein 2g
Vitamin D 0mcg
Calcium 16mg
Iron 1mg
Potassium 415mg

 

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