Wednesday, April 21

Herbal Medicine

Plant power: why demand for traditional herbal remedies is booming
Herbal Medicine

Plant power: why demand for traditional herbal remedies is booming

Just a handful of businesses have boomed through lockdown – Netflix, Joe Wicks, your local bike shop, online sex toys. Medicinal herbs have also emerged even stronger and healthier. Between January and May, UK online searches for herbs associated with building immunity or fighting flu – andrographis, for example – rose by 200 per cent over the same months last year. For Sebastian Pole, master herbsmith and co-founder of Pukka Herbs, lockdown has been busier than ever – meeting this surge while simultaneously moving 130 staff out of Pukka’s head office to work from home. On top of this, there’s his private practice – Pole has been treating his own patients for 22 years and the pandemic has generated a stream of requests for herbal remedies to boost immunity, reduce anxiety and ward off i...
Herbal food best for pet anxiety, says vet expert
Herbal Medicine

Herbal food best for pet anxiety, says vet expert

Veterinary expert and TV personality, Joe Inglis, is raising awareness of the benefits of herbal dog food, which can reportedly work to ease separation anxiety and stress in pets. It comes as the expert, who has appeared on Vets in Practice, Blue Peter, The One Show and This Morning, anticipates an increase in separation anxiety amongst dogs as families begin to return to workplaces and schools. According to Inglis, chamomile and valerian are two proven herbs that can have calming effects on animals. Having incorporated them into recipes, he said the calming effects were “noticeable”. Inglis said: “This is an understandable situation for our pets – after so many months of daily security and companionship, they face suddenly being left alone again. Separation anxiety can be a big p...