Thyme Lemon Tonic

February 8 2018No Commented

Categorized Under: Health product reviews, Health supplement review, Natural health information

We are so lucky in New Zealand with our fabulous climate weather, our drinkable water and our air, which is a lot cleaner than in many other countries.  We are also very lucky to have such quality and highly skilled people here in New Zealand, including Sandra Clair the owner of Artemis, a New Zealand herbal manufacturing company, who make their famous Thyme Lemon Tonic.

I have had the privilege of meeting Sandra, when she came up from Dunedin to visit retailers of Artemis products here in Auckland.  Privileged, because as a Herbalist myself, you always want to talk to people in your field and believe me when I tell you, Sandra is a Master in the field of herbalism.

Originally from Switzerland, Sandra moved to New Zealand and opened her Natural health clinic in 1995, where she began recommending her famous herbal products.

I know its sounds like I am going on about Sandra, but really, we are SOOOOOOO privileged to have someone like her in New Zealand, sharing her amazing knowledge with us, which has been passed down to her from Sister Pauline – a Franciscan nun, midwife and medical herbalist.

Sandra is the Guardian of The Materia Medica

Sandra tells us “The Materia Medica is a rare renaissance medical book written by German pharmacist and medical doctor Jacobus Theodorus Tabernaemontanus in the 16th century”.

“It is regarded as the most comprehensive and detailed text on classical European medicine and is a predecessor of today’s official pharmacopoeiasThe book summarises all knowledge of medicinal plants from the most important antique and contemporary European textbooks available at the time. These dated back to Greek physicians like Hippocrates, Dioscorides and Galen who are considered the fathers of modern medicine”.

Sandra Clair is the guardian of this rare book due to her special lineage of European medical herbalists. As well as playing a large part in Sandra’s career as a Swiss herbal expert, the Materia Medica has provided exclusive recipes that are used today in Artemis products.

The Materia Medica is the basis for Sandra’s latest project – a doctoral thesis with the University of Canterbury. After translating the book from Old-German to modern and then to English, her thesis will follow specific herbal applications from the Renaissance period to today. With this information, she will explore the practical relevance of empirical knowledge for today’s evidence-based practice.


Thyme Lemon Tonic

Thyme Lemon Tonic

Vintage 2017 Limited Release.

Featuring fresh hand harvested Central Otago Thyme and lemons, with its unique and superior anti-bacterial properties. This wonderful winter tonic supports your chest and soothes your throat when you are feeling under the weather. Thyme Lemon Tonic is a traditional plant medicine, to calm chest discomfort. This traditional Swiss tonic is delicious! Drink it hot or cold. Great for children.

Sandra has this to tell us about her product

Evidence for cough relief and respiratory health.

The main herb in Artemis Thyme Lemon Tonic is thyme (thymus vulgaris).  Thyme is known for its ability to support respiratory health by helping to soothe coughs and clear mucus from the lungs.  It is this herb that provides Thyme Lemon Tonic with its properties to aid respiratory health.

The European Medicines Agency monograph for thyme references its use as a traditional herbal medicine product used for a productive cough associated with a cold.

Health Canada monograph lists thyme traditional use as an expectorant to help relieve the symptoms of bronchitis and catarrh of the upper respiratory tract (anti-catarrh action). Thyme has a well known traditional use to help relieve coughs (spasmolytic action).

The mucus clearing and cough relieving action has been studied using human cell lines.  A recent study looked at the effect of thyme extract on human airway cell lines.  thyme extract showed significant anti-inflammatory properties by reducing several inflammatory markers in the human airway cells.  Inflammatory conditions of the lungs/airways are one of the leading causes of poor respiratory health.  the anti-inflammatory action of the thyme extract is due to the presence of bioactive phytochemicals that exhibit multiple biological activities.  These results substantiated the traditional used of thyme for supporting respiratory health, including helping to soothe coughs and clear mucus from lungs. References available.

Artemis Thyme Lemon Tonic is suitable for both children and adults and is made up with either hot or cold water.  You just add 10ml with 100ml of water and enjoy up to 3 cups a day.

Leanne James Naturopath

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