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The healing power of plant medicine

19 Feb, 2023

Could adding plants to our plates help us to boost our immunity in menopause?

19 Feb, 2023

Our next Meno.Well Masterclass is on the 7th March. And in it, we will be exploring the impact of fluctuating hormone levels on our bodies’ immunity - and the concept of ‘inflam-ageing’ - a description increasingly being used by researchers in recognition of the correlation between increased risk of inflammation as we age.

Dr Martins will be guiding us on how we can take a 360 degree approach to both immunity and inflammation. From prioritising gut health, to looking at the impact of a proper night’s rest..

We will then dig into some beautiful recipes, herbs, botanicals and lifestyle practices to ensure you have the toolkit you need to emerge from what has felt like a very germ-laden winter into a sun-filled Spring. 

Details of how to reserve your seat on the virtual sofa are HERE. However, if you’re struggling with colds and persistent infection now...

Here are 3 easy-to-find herbs Dr Martins recommends incorporating into your diet right away:

🌿 Garlic: used for generations but something we should have regularly as a preventative measure in our diet. Try it raw - in salad dressings…with lentils..or as a tea when first signs of infection hit. 

🌿 Ginger: great for our gut which is where bacteria and our immune system meet. Have it fresh, grated in dishes and also as a tea.

🌿 Thyme: a potent herb loved by naturopaths for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Again great as an infusion (let it steep for at least 10 minutes) and sipped through the day.

And for an immune boosting, sinus soothing drink, why not try Vera’s favourite Winter germ busting tea?


  • A few cloves of chopped fresh garlic⁠
  • A 'thumb' of fresh ginger (also chopped)⁠
  • The juice of 1/2 a lemon⁠
  • A teaspoon or three (!) of Manuka honey⁠


  1. Boil the garlic and ginger in a little water, then add the honey and lemon and drink the concoction warm 2-3 times a day.⁠

I warn you, the taste is punchy! - but the antioxidant goodness of garlic and ginger and the rich vitamin C and potassium content of lemons may be just what your body needs.

With love Rebekah & The MPowder Team.

Safety note: remember, nature packs a powerful punch. Garlic particularly can be problematic for some. Always seek the advice of your medical practitioner before introducing anything new.

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