By Angeliz Venter
Doesn’t the name ‘PlantCeuticals’ just sound so refreshing and nourishing? That is what I thought when I first heard this brand name. It immediately registered its true intention with me… Switching back to plant-based and herbal remedies, for a natural treatment and prevention.
So, what exactly are herbal remedies and why should we rather opt for them instead of ‘traditional’ pharmaceutical medicines? Herbal medicine is categorized within the study of Pharmacopoeia and the use of medicinal plants. Plant based medicine has been used for thousands of years by different indigenous cultures and forms the basis of medical treatments across many cultures. Ayuvedic medicine for instance, are believed to have a history that goes back 3000 years and forms the basis of medical treatments across the Eastern world. In contrast, European ‘folk’ medicine forms the basis of many of today’s pharmaceutical medicines. A well-known plant extract is Aspirin which was originally derived of ‘willow bark’. As evidence arises of the negative side effects of 21st century medicine, it wouldn’t hurt to start switching back to using some natural remedies.
With Covid still around, I have been trying to boost my immune system in as many natural ways as possible and this is why I love the Immunity Defense Elixir from PlantCeuticals. It is recommended to be taken under the tongue, but it’s easier for me to dilute it with water. It is also recommended to be used at the first signs of infection, but I use it daily as a preventative measure. This elixir is made up of two of Africa’s most renowned and proven herbal ingredients, African wormwood and Sutherlandia. It also contains holy basil, which is a trusted adaptogen with microbial and immune boosting properties. These three herbs are blended with raw honey and fermented garlic. By fermenting these ingredients, the bioavailability and efficiency of their natural antibacterial and antiviral properties are enhanced. African wormwood is an aromatic bitter herb that has been used for millennia in traditional and folk medicine. Most famously, it has been used in the treatment and prevention of malaria, colds and influenza and it’s also been proven to assist your immune systems and boost your digestive function. Sutherlandia is an African immune booster and adaptogen, used to treat viral, fungal and bacterial infections. It has also been proven to assist in controlling type 2 diabetes and treating digestive disorders. In African traditional medicine it is used for the treatment of HIV and Aids.
The other product I love from PlantCeuticals is their Dewormer and Anti-parasitic elixir. We live on a small holding surrounded by animals and as we spend a lot of time interacting with our dogs, deworming has become essential for me. When using the traditional deworming tablets, I have always felt as if they were too chemically based and would kill even the healthy bacteria in my gut. This elixir changed the game for me as it targets the worms and parasites you want to get rid of without feeling like you just consumed too many harsh chemicals. This elixir consists of African wormwood, Mugwort and fermented garlic in raw honey. For optimal results use when it is full moon as the eggs of worms’ hatch on a full moon. Use the elixir from one full moon to the next completing one full cycle and by using it over two full moons you will ensure that all the unwanted eggs and worms are eliminated.
What I love about PlantCeuticals is that all their ingredients are grown chemical free on their farm in Van Reenen, South Africa and they regularly post about this on their social media platforms. Their transparency gives me a sense of surety and confidence, that I don’t often get with other herbal and natural brands. They also extract the ingredients without using chemicals. I also like the fact that the owners actually treat their own children with half doses of the elixirs, this makes me so much more comfortable using the products myself. Children as young as 18 months are able safely to use these Elixirs.
Although there are many ways to use herbal remedies and especially PlantCeutical products, the most efficient way for the remedy to work is to ingest it similarly as a ‘bitter’. This means dropping the herbal drops directly onto your tongue (or under your tongue) and not diluting it with another fluid. By ingesting it this way, your bitter receptors promote healthy digestion and increase your digestive secretions, which ultimately aids with the better absorption of nutrients, natural detoxification of the liver and can aid the receptor action between your brain and gut. Although it was a particular taste to get used to in the beginning, I soon made it part of my daily routine and got used to the taste.
It is also recommended to use the same method for children, but as we all know, some children are just very picky with what they eat and as an absolute last resort you can add it to their smoothies. With summer approaching and temperatures rising, this is the perfect opportunity to cool down and get your childrens’ recommended dose of PlantCeuticals in. (Diluting it with a smoothie will affect the effectiveness of the remedy, so still try to get your children to ingest it orally directly onto the tongue).
My go-to summer smoothie:
• 3 slices of pineapple
• 200ml of almond milk
• 1 cup of sliced papaya
• 1 table spoon of Berry Beetroot superfood mix
• 1 cup of ice (optional)
• Your recommended dosage of the Immunity Defense Elixir
My green full moon smoothie:
• 3 slices of pineapple
• 5 mint leaves
• ½ of an avocado
• 4 slices of cucumber
• 1 cup of spinach
• 1 tea spoon of Just Matcha
• 200ml almond milk
• Your recommended dosage of the Dewormer & Anti-parasitic Elixir
I love the fact that I found a natural alternative to deworming tablets and immune boosting supplements. Although these two products are my favorite of the PlantCeuticals range, they have many more herbal remedies available on their online store. You can order on www.plantceuticals.co.za and these two products are also on sale at the time of publication of this blog.
*IMPORTANT! I am not a medical doctor or expert in the field, this is merely my personal opinion and you should consult your doctor or a professional first before switching over to any natural remedy.
*Please tag @angeliz_venter and @plantceuticals on Instagram when you use the products and let us know what you think!