The Ultimate Guide to Herbal Tea

The Ultimate Guide to Herbal Tea

From the boiling of the kettle to the steeping of the tea, sipping and cupping the warm mug, there is something almost meditative about the ritual of a humble cup of tea.

 

Sometimes the wonderful world of herbal teas can be a little bit daunting, with the amount of varieties, and trying to find which one is right for the benefits you wish to achieve. We’ll give you the lowdown on some of our favourite herbal teas for Winter and why you should be stocking up on them!

An infusion on dried flowers from sweet chamomile plants, chamomile tea is most commonly known for its calming effects and is commonly used as a sleep aid. It has a gentle flavour that is perfectly paired with a teaspoon of manuka honey stirred through.

Peppermint tea is commonly used to assist in relieving discomfort of the digestive tract. Studies have found that the peppermint oil in the tea can be known to help relieve nausea, cramping, spasms and stomach cramps. Try having a cup after a big wintery meal to help with digestion.

Rose Hip tea is made from the fruit of the rose plant, it has a delicate floral flavour with a tart aftertaste. It is rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, making it a great tea to add to your routine in winter during the cold and flu season.

Ginger is regularly used as a remedy for nausea, morning sickness and motion sickness. Sipping on ginger tea offers not only these benefits, but is also anti-inflammatory and packed full of antioxidants.

Echinacea tea may help boost the immune system which is why it’s a very popular remedy to prevent or shorten the duration of the common cold.

Rooibos is an herbal tea that comes from South Africa. It is packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds.

Lemongrass tea has a fresh lemony citrus flavour that is nice to drink either hot or cold and is commonly blended with green tea. Lemongrass contains antioxidants, so it’s another good one to keep handy throughout Winter.

Hibiscus tea is made from the flowers of the hibiscus plant. When brewed it has a red colour and a tart flavour which tastes nice served hot or chilled. Hibiscus has also been shown to have some heart health benefits, believed to be due to a compound called anthocyanins, which is what gives hibiscus it’s bright red colour.

Passionflower tea is traditionally used to help relieve anxiety and improve sleep. Drink a cup of passionflower tea before bed for a more restful sleep.

Always read the product label before use. Speak to our friendly WholeLife team if you need help determining if this product is right for you.

The Difference Between Prebiotics & Probiotics

The Difference Between Prebiotics & Probiotics

You may have heard the terms prebiotic and probiotic but what do they really mean and what is the difference between them? They both play vital roles in keeping the body healthy and functioning optimally.

 

What are probiotics?

 

Probiotics are live microorganisms (good bacteria) that reside in the gut, where there is an ecosystem of bacteria working to help your body stay well. This delicate ecosystem in commonly referred to as your gut flora or microbiome.

 

Probiotics play an integral role in maintaining healthy gut function by supporting out immune system, aiding digestion, assisting with nutrient absorption into the bloodstream and preventing the invasion of harmful microbes.

 

The benefits of taking probiotics are there ability to restore the natural balance of gut bacteria. An imbalance happens when there are too many bad bacteria and not enough good bacteria. This can happen from a multitude of reasons including taking antibiotics, poor diet and illness.

 

You can find probiotics in yogurt (with live cultures), some cheeses, some fermented foods and of course a good quality supplement. You can chat with our in-store pharmacists or naturopath to find the perfect probiotic supplement for yourself.

What are prebiotics?

 

Prebiotics are the fibres that feed the healthy gut bacteria and are important in maintaining a balanced gut. Essentially, they give the probiotics the nutrients they need to flourish.

 

Prebiotics are found in a variety of plant-based foods including wholegrains, Jerusalem artichoke, garlic, leeks, asparagus, onions, bananas, whole oats and flaxseeds. You can also find prebiotic supplements at WholeLife.

 

Overall, the combination of prebiotic and probiotics in your diet can be beneficial to your health and wellbeing.

June Top 10 Vitamins

June Top 10 Vitamins

We have collated our top selling vitamins to inspire those of you that are looking to include more vitamins in your diet. We know, just as well as anyone that the vitamin wall in the pharmacy can be a little overwhelming, what’s what? What does this do? Fear no more, we’ve the answers right here, and in store! Don’t see what you’re looking for in our top 10? Just ask our friendly staff when you visit the store!

1. Vital Organic Greens Powder

 

A power packed combination of 6 nutrient rich, green superfoods to support energy, immunity and overall health. This organic blend is rich in antioxidants and nutrients that help ensure you’re feeling at your best.

2. Ethical Nutrients Immuzorb Immune Defence

 

A combination of Echinacea and Andrographis for daily immune support and to help fight 7 symptoms of cold & flu including runny rose, coughs, sore throat, headache, earache, fever and fatigue.

3. Fusion Magnesium Advanced

 

Supports healthy muscle, nerve and cardiovascular function, as well as energy and exercise performance. Magnesium is required for a large number of body functions, including supporting healthy muscle function, where it plays an important role in facilitating normal muscle relaxation and contraction.

4. Innerhealth Plus Gut health & restoration

 

A live probiotic that may aid in the maintenance of a normal healthy gastrointestinal system and digestive function, aids in maintaining a healthy immune system and may be useful for bloating.

5. Nutra Organics Collagen Beauty

 

Collagen Beauty with VERISOL® and vitamin C is a natural formulation to reduce skin wrinkles and smooth fine lines, increase skin hydration and elasticity, and support healthy hair & nails.

 

Dosage: 12g scoop daily

6. Nutra-Life Bio-Curcumin

 

Nutra-Life Curcumin offers temporary relief of mild osteoarthritic pain. Made with Meriva® curcumin. This product can reduce joint inflammation and swelling and increases joint mobility associated with mild arthritis.

 

Dosage: 2 capsules daily, or take as directed by a healthcare professional

7. Elevit Pregnancy Multivitamin

 

Elevit is a pregnancy multivitamin and mineral supplement that has been specially formulated to help meet the increased nutritional needs of women who are trying to conceive, are pregnant or are breastfeeding.

 

Dosage: 1 tablet daily

8. Blackmores Bio C 1000

 

A potent one-a-day formula to give you a boost of vitamin C to reduce the severity and duration of common cold symptoms. Vitamin C helps due to its ability to support a healthy immune function, it is also an antioxidant.

 

Dosage: 1 tablet daily, or a professionally prescribed

9. Floradix Floravital Herbal Liquid Iron Extract

 

Taking an iron supplement can help you restore your iron levels when your dietary intake is inadequate, maintaining energy, vitality and general well-being. Floravital is also a yeast, wheat and gluten free formula.

 

Dosage: 10ml twice daily

10. Goli Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies

 

Packed with powerful antioxidants and infused with superfoods. 2 gummies are equal to 1 apple cider vinegar shot. Apple cider vinegar offers many benefits thanks to its high concentration of acetic acid, including supporting healthy digestion, improving complexion, boosting immunity and enhancing energy.

 

Dosage: 2 gummies daily

All dosage measurements are for adults, please check with your healthcare professional to see if this medication and dosage is right for you. Some of these vitamins may not be suitable for children, please check with your healthcare professional.

Men’s Health Week Interview

Men’s Health Week Interview

For Men’s Health Week we interviewed one of our founders of WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods, Vince Pappalardo.

The top reason for reduced lifespan in men is Cardiovascular Disease (Men’s Health Week 2020). What is your advice for maintaining a healthy heart?

As Cardiovascular Disease is the leading causes for reduced lifespan in men, the aim would be to focus on modifiable factors that contribute to heart health in order to minimise your overall cardiac risk. The importance not only lies within making these changes to your lifestyle, but being able to maintain and impement these changes for the near and distant future. Adjustment of modifiable risk factors can take form among the individual and within the community such as walkability of the built environment and having access to these walking facilities. Individual risk factors relate mostly to the consistent maintainence of adequate physical activity, ensuring a balanced and healthy diet, treating both heart related and other health conditions and adjustment of social behaviours such as drinking, smoking and minimisation intake processed foods while sticking to intake of natural sugars. Consulting your GP about quitting smoking and limiting alcohol as well as addressing health conditions such as cholesterol, diabetes, blood pressure and depression as these conditions all have huge impacts on maintaining that healthy heart.

Only 30% of a man’s overall health is determined by genetics, 70% is determined by lifestyle (Men’s Health Week, 2020). What is your top tip for maintaining a healthy lifestyle?  

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be challenging, given the added pressures relating to finances, work, friends and family. My top tip is therefore to prioritise some of the adjustments made above into your daily living and view those changes as a repetitive behaviour like waking up every morning. Changes that need to be made should start small and be realisitic, whilst continuing to grow over time, mirroring your usual lifesyle as much as possible. Engaging a positive mindset and understanding things can become more achievable and maintained when tackled in bite sized chunks until they become routine will be key. Its also important to remember to give yourself time and space to make adjustments within your lifestyle but every step, big or small brings you closer to maintaining a healthier and more enjoyable lifestyle!

What are the benefits of taking a Men’s Health multi-vitamin? 

The benefits of a men’s multivitamin enable the addition of a variety of vitamins and minerals that contribute to your general well being, immunity, energy and stress levels, while addressing key issues relating to mens health such as maintaining healthy hair, liver, prostate, sexual and reproductive health. A men’s mutivitamin may act as an important adjunct to all a healthy and balanced diet, to help assist the optimal functioning of the body 

Interview With Mason From Superfeast

Interview With Mason From Superfeast

SuperFeast is an Australian brand creating powdered extracts of tonic herbs and medicinal mushrooms that are super beneficial to your health. This quote pretty much sums them up! “We really love tonic herbs and medicinal mushrooms. We take them every day. We think they’re awesome. We fell in love with them, they transformed us and we decided we needed to share them with the world. “

 

We interviewed the ever inspirational Mason Taylor, creator and founder of SuperFeast & asked him all of our burning questions about medicinal mushrooms.

What inspired you to create Superfeast?

 

My journey started pretty simply, I was suffering from my own health issues. I had gnarly and deep-rooted candida issues, brain fog and exhaustion, to name a few. I decided to take these issues into my own hands since I wasn’t seeing any solutions emerging from the Western medical model. I quickly fell in love with medicinal mushrooms, especially reishi and chaga as I felt these were the two that helped restore my immune health and remove the excess candida from my system. I then went on to fall in love with Taoist tonic herbalism (a form of traditional Chinese medicine). Very, very quickly, I realised I needed to share the ancient wisdom of these herbs with anyone who was wishing to access their magic. My mum actually really pushed me to start SuperFeast (she named the company) and since 2011, we haven’t looked back.

 

Who inspires you?

 

Stephen Harrod Buhner-A beautiful earth poet who can ride the wild waves of natural wonder in word and consciousness as well as being a very successful clinical herbalist teacher. He creates a great bridge between natural healing and what modern data is showing us

 

Could you please explain what exactly medicinal mushrooms are and how they can help our health?

 

Tonic herbs (this includes medicinal mushrooms) fall into the “superior herb” category. These are the herbs that are collectively known to be safe, gentle, well-tolerated and effective. Tonic herbs do not force the body to change, but rather work with it to adapt, allowing a measured, nourishing and normalising effect to unfold within the body and its systems. Traditionally consumed daily to promote longevity and prevent illness, these remedies offer nourishment to the vital organs, strengthen essential functions and improve quality of life, without negative side effects. Tonic herbs are further categorised as Yin, Yang, Qi and Blood tonics. Tonic herbs are not a trend. They are grounded in thousands of years of empirical evidence. Their safety has been verified in modern times with scientific research, confirming the effects the ancient herbal scientists monitored over thousands of years of practice.

How can you find out which blend is right for you?

 

 

When people are starting out in tonic herbalism common complaints with their herbal and healthcare specialists describe adrenal exhaustion and depletion of sex hormone function with our hectic Western lifestyle being a contributor. Jing herbs from the JING blend enter the kidney system and may replenish its innate capacity to function. From here the adrenal glands are potentially able to become revitalised. The herbs come in as a supportive measure to assist the smooth flow of Qi within the organ systems, and the body as a whole in its day to day functioning.

 

Mason’s Mushrooms covers two other aspects that people are craving in this Western world – restoring immunity and aiding gut function. Medicinal mushrooms (there are 8 in this blend) are specialists at getting deep into our immune system and turning on the lights where the lights weren’t on As seen from the nutritional benefits of mushrooms alone. Essentially this means that the sophistication and the intelligence of your immune system to rid your body of pathogens and keep your energy vitalised may be thoroughly enhanced. What many people don’t realise is the compounds in medicinal mushrooms can potentiate and promote intestinal immunity which is necessary, for us to absolutely thrive. People are discovering that when they get onto the JING and Mason’s Mushrooms blends they feel they are able to deeply restore their bodies on more levels than one. The potency of the tonic herbs may assist the body to return to its innate rhythm and flow, encouraging vibrancy and lightness within all the major systems and across the mental, physical and spiritual landscapes.

 

 

We like to think of these two unique formulas as our bread and butter blends, great inclusions to the daily diet that offer support to the kidneys, adrenals, gut and immune system and that’s why they’re my absolute favourite combo.

What supplement would you recommend coming into the colder months?

 

Definitely the QI blend – Keeping the spleen nurtured and the energy flowing around the body to keep the surface immunity strong.

Qi is the energy that animates our body, mind, cells and organs, and drives their functions. The QI blend is a beautifully crafted formula using the most revered Qi tonics of the Taoist tradition. These herbs are traditionally used to tonify our metabolic fire so we can feel greater energy and vitality.

The herbs in the QI blend are prized for their ability to amplify the usual conversion of these elements and processes to deliver more Qi to the body system daily. Through the tonification of Spleen Qi and Lung Qi in particular, the herbs in the Qi blend may assist and contribute deeply on the body’s digestive and respiratory power. We cultivate Qi with the intention to increase the body’s capacity to build and move Blood, eliminate stagnation and regulate temperature and Fluid level.

What is a quote that you live by?

 

“First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you” – F Scott Fitzgerald

 

What is your favourite recipe that incorporates a Superfeast product?

 

Hot chocolate

What is the harvesting process for the herbs and mushrooms?

 

Our herbs are grown in their natural wild environments and harvested as per the Di Tao, a practice deeply rooted in tradition and respect for the herb and the land on which it grows. This means we source our herbs from the pristine mountain regions of China and India; this practice ensures that the rhythm of the herbs wild environment is captured and retained so the strength and adaptability it has cultivated through the growing process can be passed on to the consumer. This results in the most potent and robust product that is both full spectrum and beyond organic. We invite families and practitioners alike to try these well tolerated yet powerful tonic herbs, to elevate mind, body and spirit. In order to achieve a true full-spectrum extract that meets our personal standards you need folks working with the extracts who are highly trained in both the equipment we use and the herbs and so these recommendations should be made under the care of practicing herbalist, naturopath or health care professional. The herbs are processed in a fully GMP accredited facility, operated by a team including tonic herbalists who are classically trained in herbalism, and thus they share the intent of SuperFeast. Rather than following industry standards and automation procedures for extracting the herbs, we sought a team who understood the unique characteristics of each herb and were able to extract upon these as the Taoists did. 

 

 

 The name for this practice used by herbalists in antiquity is Hou Hou (火候). This is the art of decocting / extracting a herb specifically through adjusted heat, pressure, menstruum and length of time required to extract each herb fully and without denaturing it. This term roughly translates to heat control; crucial moment; maturity. 

 

Each herb or mushroom goes through a 2-3 stage high pressure extraction process. This is where we ensure that every ounce of medicine within the herb is carefully transferred into the extraction medium to eventually become the extract powder we all love. The temperature and timing are unique to each herb and are strictly controlled in order to ensure it is not heated too much, nor for too long. This Hou Hou practice is a never-ending, dynamic process that means you will have the intention that is poured into every SuperFeast herb.

What is your favourite Superfeast product and why?

 

My two blend babies, JING and Mason’s Mushrooms are so simple as an entry point, yet I’ve also seen this combination transform people’s health and general wellbeing, almost more than any other. We like to see people start off using a Jing herb and a medicinal mushroom when beginning their journey with tonic herbalism. Jing is the primordial essence in Traditional Chinese Medicine, which resides in the kidneys and it gives us our core energy and stamina allowing us to optimise our health and wellbeing.  

 

 

 

 Have you got anything exciting in the works that you can give us a teaser on?

 

I’ve got some herbal concoctions always in the mix, and I’ve got something sexual and something sleepy brewing up.

Additionally, I’ve got a pretty extensive online course about to drop that has been in the works for AGES. Really excited about that one, I’ll be sharing the full array of my health foundations.

Mocktails With Imbibe

Mocktails With Imbibe

5 Mocktails to make with your Imbibe Beauty Renewal

Treat yourself to a cheeky mid-week mocktail with all the added benefits of Imbibe Beauty Renewal, which is microbiologist and scientist created to promote gut health and glowing skin.

 

This beauty renewal tonic contains the goodness of approximately 6 billion probiotics per serve and multi-strain probiotics, including strains from the Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium families. These probiotic powerhouses play a significant role in supporting our body functionality such as digestion and staving off harmful bacteria.

 

The flow on effect of balanced gut health can be endless for our bodies. Think radiant glowing skin, stronger hair and nails!

 

Now let’s take all that good stuff and turn it into some mocktails you can feel good about!

Rosé

Ingredients:

 .15ml Imbibe Beauty Renewal

. Rose petal tea

. Agave or honey

. Rosehip Hibiscus tea

 

Method:

 1.Brew your tea, then chill in the fridge

2.To rim the outside of your glass, dip into the honey or agave then into the rose petals

3.Mix your Imbibe and chilled tea in the glass and serve with ice

Pimm’s

Ingredients:

 .15ml Imbibe Beauty Renewal

. Sliced strawberries

. Fresh mint leaves

. Sparkling water

 

Method:

 1.Pour the Imbibe and sparkling water over a glass of ice

2.Garnish with fresh mint and strawberries

Frozen Tropical Daiquiri

Ingredients:

 .15ml Imbibe Beauty Renewal

.1/2 cup frozen mango

.1/2 cup frozen pineapple

.1/2 cup coconut water

 

Method:

 1.Blitz everything in a bender together

2.Serve with a straw (eco-friendly straw of course)

Bellini

Ingredients:

 .15ml Imbibe Beauty Renewal

.1 Peach

. Peach juice (you can substitute this with any juice of your choice really)

. Sparkling water

 

Method:

 1.Pour together into a champagne glass, juice and sparkling water in equal parts

2.Garnish with a slice of peach

Aperitif Spritz

Ingredients:

.15ml Imbibe Beauty Renewal

. Sparkling water

. Fresh orange slice

. Fresh lemon slice

 

Method:

1.Pour the Imbibe and sparkling water over a generous serve of ice

2.Garnish with orange and lemon slices