Other herbs found in the dispensary

Echinacea; an effective anti-bacterial and blood cleanser that gives this herb its wonderful reputation when treating the common cold and flu, it is most effective before the full onset. Echinacea increases the level of a chemical which activates the part of the immune system responsible for increasing defence mechanisms against virus and bacteria.

Andrographis; stimulates one or more aspects of the immune reaction, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, reduces fever, increases the resistance to physical, emotional or biological stressors, restores balance to the body.

Astragalus; stimulates one or more aspects of the immune reaction in time of chronic infection, debility or auto-immune disease, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, increases the resistance to physical, emotional or biological stressors, restores balance to the body.

Liquorice; increases the resistance to physical, emotional or biological stressors, restores balance to the body, reduces spasm of respiratory tract, reduces to formation of mucous, soothes inflamed mucous membranes of the respiratory tract.

Boneset; promotes sweating during fever, alleviates body aches that feel they are ‘through to the bone’.

Cinnamon; anti-microbial, reduces the feeling of nausea.

Golden rod; reduces the formation of mucous in the upper respiratory tract, normalises the function and secretions of mucous membranes, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, adrenal tonic.

Yarrow; promotes sweating during fever, anti-inflammatory

How do I support my immune system with herbal medicine?

Prevention is better than cure, however the same herbs that will strengthen immune function prior to getting a bug, will also help support the immune system if you are currently fighting off a cold or flu. Herbs you can use in cooking and that are also found in a herbal dispensary:

Garlic; anti-microbial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-biotic, assists in killing or expelling intestinal worms and parasites, anti-oxidant an excellent herb for fighting a wide range of infection and boosting the immune system.


About Herbal Medicine

Most of the re-occurring complaints were related to ‘stress’ and the body’s ability to manage the acute and chronic stress response on a mental, emotional and eventually physical level. I wanted to offer more to my clients and that is where my passion turned to herbal medicine. I believe the best results can be achieved when a treatment can be individualised; this is one of the major benefits of herbal medicine. I am committed to assisting clients achieve their goals by enhancing their knowledge and responsibility for their health. This involves supporting and motivating compliance of treatment programs and offering guidance in preventative diet and lifestyle.

Herbal medicine supports the body systems to function in synergy with each other, addressing the underlying cause of ‘dis-ease’ which in turn supports the body to restore to its intended state of balance without doing any further harm.


Hi everyone!

My name is Rebecca Cook and I am the resident Herbalist on the Supercharged Food web site.  Each month I will be bringing to you information about herbal medicine and answering any questions you may have.

You can email me here: bexjc@yahoo.com.au

Just a little bit about me. I am a fully qualified Herbalist and have previously worked as a Massage Therapist for 8 years.

I have treated a diverse range of ailments with various techniques ranging from remedial massage to hot stones, relaxation and energetic healing with reiki. Massage therapy is incredibly beneficial, however after treating people for many years I observed that there is much more going on with people than just the physical complaints that have manifested themselves.


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