by Kiki Athanas
June 11, 2017
Nicole Eckert is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist and total health-nut. As the Holistic Nutritionist On-Duty for Nature's Emporium Newmarket - Nicole is the in-store expert for all questions regarding clean eating, recipe inspiration and natural health product knowledge. You can meet Nicole for a complimentary 1-hour Store Tour - during this time Nicole will make recommendations for nutrition, lifestyle and supplementation - all which are customized for your individual goals and needs. Book your tour online and start your journey to good health!
Newfound friendships over the love for herbal tinctures!
This almost ancient form of supplementation is such an effective and simple way of extracting the powerful medicinal properties of our beloved herbs. In simple terms, a tincture is a concentrated liquid version of a plant. Made commonly with a base of alcohol, tinctures have a great shelf life and are super easy and convenient to use when needed.
*The tinctures highlighted in this video are from the company St. Francis - you can find all of these herbal tinctures at Nature's Emporium in the Supplements Department.*
This adaptogenic herb is especially supportive of the immune system, commonly a herbal ingredient in amny 'immune support' supplement formulas. Astragalus also works to protect the body against stressors - by naturally decreasing cortisol levels, and it also plays a vital role in decreasing inflammation.
Love your liver with Milk Thistle. Siymarin, which is the active component in milk thistle has anti-fibrotic, anti-viral, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties (which explain it's fame). Milk thistle protects the liver cells from damage which may be caused by viruses, toxins, alcohol and drugs such as acetaminophen.
A most well-known benefit of Pau D'Arco is for fighting candida, it contains natural anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. To promote a healthy balance of gut flora, be sure to take a probiotic that contains lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium bifidum such as Genestra HMF Forte. Always take your probiotics at least 3 hours away from any anti-fungal herbs.
Canadian Digestive Bitters
This blend of herbs enhances the digestive secretions from the liver, pancreas, stomach, and small intestine. Bitter herbs work to revitalize a whole range of digestive functions and they provide rich enzyme catalysts, which improve overall digestion and nutrient absorption. If you have trouble with bloating, belching, gas or indigestion - Canadian Bitters are nature's answer!
Strest (Adrenal Support)
A powerful combo of six potent and adaptogenic herbs. De-stress with Strest! This formula nurtures the nervous system and offers a potential to reduce anxiety and mental fatigue, while also improving sleep patterns, promoting a calmer state of mind and enhancing mood stability!
If you're as immediately OBSESSED with Nicole as I was (I mean really - she knows EVERYTHINGGG), you can follow her glorious Instagram feed here, or check out her rad blog. Stay tuned, because I plan to extract (hehe - no pun intended!) more from this goddess again very soon!