Brits don’t dig the Power of Plants

Knowledge of safe herbal remedies dangerously sparse, study reveals

We might be a nation of green-fingered gardeners, but we’re surprisingly green when it comes to recognising popular health-enhancing herbs and plants, a new survey has revealed from Potter’s Herbals, the British company which has made tried-and-trusted remedies for more than 200 years.

Nine out of ten people (87%) believe we are a nation of gardeners, yet only one in six (17%) Brits could recognise Echinacea — also known as Coneflower — the plant which has been scientifically proven to help combat coughs and colds.

Shockingly, the survey for Potter’s Herbals also revealed that our knowledge of how to spot a safe herbal medicine is as patchy as a badly kept lawn.

We spend £485 million a year on herbal remedies, but only 13% consumers can recognise the Traditional Herbal Registration (THR) logo — which guarantees the purity and safety of herbal medicines.

The Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has raised three key safety issues surrounding unregulated herbal medicines:
Poor and variable quality of unlicensed or unregulated products
“Deliberate adulteration with potentially toxic ingredients such as heavy metals, arsenic, and prescription-only medicines.”
Lack of detailed product information.”

But medicinal herbs, including plants like Echinacea which have never been considered foods, are now being sold as ‘botanical food supplements’ in order to get around the rules for herbal medicines.

Our cash is at risk too, as two out of three people don’t realise that homeopathic products and herbal remedies are not the same thing.

TV presenter, gardener and member of HPAC, Chris Beardshaw as well as a user of the Potter’s Herbals range says: “There is no doubt that herbal products provide safe and effective treatments for many common health problems which is why we, as a family use Potter’s Herbals as a first port of call when we are feeling under the weather.

What I particularly like about the Potter’s range is that each remedy uses a combination of plants for maximum effect and they all carry the THR stamp of approval.

Using multiple ingredients for maximum effect was at the heart of Potter’s Herbals when Henry Potter founded the company in 1812. Now, more than 200 years later, Potter’s Herbals continues to pioneer combination therapies derived from specially sourced high quality ingredients.

The Potter’s Herbals range is licensed by the MHRA and carries THR status.

Coughs and colds

There are two remedies in the coughs and colds range

  • Potter’s Elixir of Echinacea Plus contains Echinacea angustifolia, the most active form of the Echinacea species, which works synergistically with Fumitory and Wild Indigo. It can be used as a preventative measure to stimulate the immune system at the first sign of a sniffle, or to relieve the symptoms of the common cold and flu type infections.2 Echinacea can also be used for minor skin complaints like acne. Potter’s Herbals first launched its Elixir of Echinacea Plus more than 80 years ago and it is one of the oldest herbal medicines on sale today.
  • Potter’s Cough Remover is a traditional herbal remedy for the symptomatic relief of coughs and contains Ipecacuanha, Lobelia, and extracts of Elecampane, White Horehound and Hyssop.
  • Potter’s Chest Mixture is a traditional herbal remedy for the symptomatic relief of chesty coughs but also works on relieving catarrh from the throat and chest. This contains extract of White Horehound, Senega, Acid Tincture of Lobelia and Squill.
  • Potter’s Catarrh Mixture is a traditional herbal remedy for the symptomatic relief of nasal catarrh and catarrh of the throat, and contains liquid extract of Boneset, Burdock Root and Hyssop.
  • Potter’s Catarrh & Congestion Relief (previously known as Potter’s Antifect Tablets) is a traditional herbal medicinal product used to relieve the symptoms of catarrh, rhinitis and nasal congestion. It contains wild Garlic & Extract of Echinacea angustifolia.

There are two remedies in the sleep range.

  • Potter’s Nodoff Plus Mixture combines Passiflora with Jamaican Dogwood, Hops and Valerian. It is a natural sleeping draught combining sedative and relaxant herbs which help promote natural sleep.
  • Potter’s Nodoff Tablets contain Passiflora, a mild sedative, which aids natural sleep.

Potter’s Herbals has a range of three skincare products which contain natural herbal ingredients:

  • Potter’s Skin Clear Lotion is a deep cleansing lotion with a blend of herbal ingredients including Witch Hazel, Benzoin, Oils of Lavender, Pine and Tea Tree, to deeply cleanse and refresh the skin, removing impurities and helping to clear pores.
  • Potter’s Distilled Witch Hazel is a tonic to cleanse and refresh the skin. It is distilled from the twigs of Hamamelis virginiana. It can also be applied to relieve insect bites and minor burns, such as sunburn.
  • Potter’s Comfrey Oil is a soothing aromatic herbal massage oil with Eucalyptus and Comfrey (Knitbone), also known for its healing qualities.
Digestive Health

There are three remedies in the digestive health range each containing natural herbal ingredients.

  • Potter’s Cleansing Herbs Tea containing Senna and Frangula Bark. Taken as a herbal tea, these three ingredients work together to cleanse the digestive system by improving bowel movement and helping stools to be moved along the tract.
  • Potter’s Cleansing Herb Tablets contains Senna, Cape Aloes, Cascara Bark, Dandelion and Fennel, which combine to provide a traditional herbal remedy for the symptomatic relief of occasional constipation and bloating.
  • Potter’s Slippery Elm Tablets are traditionally used to relieve the symptoms of indigestion, dyspepsia, heartburn and flatulence. They contain Slippery Elm Bark, Cinnamon, Clove and Peppermint Oils.