BEDROCK OF IMMUNITY

Our approach to beauty has always been a multifaceted one; incorporating the powerful benefits of food, movement, mindfulness and topicals to reveal the healthiest and most vital version of self. This definition extends beyond the surface level, and defines beauty as how you feel on the inside and the outside, which is why we've always been interested in the practices that support all the systems, not just the skin. So today we turn to the experts in our corner who have dedicated their lives to creating and sharing products and habits that help build and support a strong foundation from the ground up. A bedrock of immunity, if you will.

WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO FOR IMMUNE SUPPORT?

"My go-to for daily immune support is Wind Guard."

- Shelby, Founder of Mount Sunny 

 

"Supporting my body! Sleep, meditation, exercise, Rainbo Reishi + Chaga, whole foods, and stress-reducing techniques and practices."

- Tonya, Founder of Rainbo 

 

"Our Activist 850+MGO Raw Manuka Honey is our top go-to for immune support and most effective taken orally by the teaspoon."

- Gabrielle and Luke, Founders of Activist 

 

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO CREATE THIS PRODUCT?

"The inspiration behind creating this product was a traditional Chinese formula, Yu Ping Feng San (Jade Windscreen), that was formulated in 1347. I wanted to create a modern day version of this traditional formula that would be safe to take every day. My goal was to formulate a blend that would not only be effective immediately after taking it, but that would also build up immunity over time in the body, eventually changing your internal base level. The product was named Wind Guard because it quite literally adds a guard of protection against airborne pathogens."

- Shelby, Founder of Mount Sunny 

 

"Reishi is the first medicinal mushroom that I used therapeutically in my healing and saw profound results with. This is a powerful mushroom with a long history of traditional use in Asia." 

- Tonya, Founder of Rainbo

 

"The ability to build a brand with limited industrial impact was something that was very important to us. In essence we are letting Mother Nature, the seasonal cycles, symbiotic relationships and micro-climates, cultivate the basis of our products. It is our role to present these to the world in their highest and unadulterated form with as little human interference and corporate shortcomings as possible. Manuka honey is truly one of Mother Nature's special gifts to us!"

- Gabrielle and Luke, Founders of Activist 

 

HOW DOES THIS PRODUCT SUPPORT IMMUNE HEALTH?

"This formula specifically targets the respiratory system and Lung Qi by bringing strength to your lung's ability to filter through unwanted disease and pathogens that are brought into the body. One of my favorite herbs ever, Huang Qi (Astragalus) is the star of the show here, also known as a chief herb in formulation. There is a ton of research of Huang Qi specifically showing the immunomodulatory effect this herb has on the body. Yu Jin (Turmeric) and Ling Zhi (Reishi Mushroom) are also chief herbs in this formula because they are immunity powerhouses with unmatched anti-inflammatory effects. Fang Feng (Siler Root) is a supporting herb, it is acrid and so its function here is to disperse. It is constantly pushing pathogens out of the body and not allowing for them to go deeper. This keeps any allergies, sickness or diseases at bay so the body has the best chance it can to fight off illness promptly. Gan Cao (Licorice Root) is not only a Qi Tonic, giving your body the energy and resources it needs to thrive, but it also harmonizes the entire formula so that your body can take it everyday."

- Shelby, Founder of Mount Sunny 

 

"Immunity Now is a fantastic immune booster and lymph mover. There's elderberry for broad spectrum germ fighting. Elderflower traditionally helps lower fevers and dry up runny noses. And then Reishi with the beta-glucans, immune activity supportive polysaccharides.

The Light Ray is an immune support underdog. Super high in vitamin C and other antioxidants, I keep this on my desk and take little nips throughout the day, knowing it's supporting all my systems - immune, skin & otherwise. That's what I love about plants. It's never X for Y. They're so multifaceted; just like us. You just need to look beyond the surface. Look beyond the hype."

- Lauren, Founder of Wooden Spoon Herbs 

 

"Scientific research into the immune-modulating compounds in Reishi have shown that active beta glucans have the ability to potentiate innate immunity by activating immune cells. Reishi also has other compounds called triterpenoids, which are beneficial to the immune system and set it apart from other functional mushrooms. Chaga also contains these triterpenoids." 

- Tonya, Founder of Rainbo

 

"Manuka has highly anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties, making it a great addition to any wellness routine and health apothecary."

- Gabrielle and Luke, Founders of Activist 

 

TONYA'S MORNING TONIC

Hot water

Matcha or Herbal tea (Holy Basil has been a favourite lately)

Cashew, coconut or oat milk

4ml Reishi

4ml Chaga

1 tsp vanilla

1 tbsp Tocos

Blend, sip and enjoy!

 

LAUREN'S IMMUNE ELIXIR

1 T Fire Cider

1 teaspoon Elderberry Elixir

a squirt of Immunity Now

12 oz sparkling water

 

GABRIELLE + LUKE'S MANUKA LEMON GINGER ELIXIR 

For immune support, I’d simply say consume in its raw form due to its active nutritional properties and plant enzymes. Alternatively make our ACTIVIST Manuka Honey Lemon Ginger Elixir.

 

Ingredients

• 8 oz. ginger, peeled, chopped

• ½ cup fresh lemon juice

• ⅓ cup Activist Manuka Honey 850+MGO

 

Directions

• Pulse ginger in a food processor to a coarse paste (or finely grate). Bring ginger and 6 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan; reduce heat and simmer until reduced to 3 cups, about 30–40 minutes.

• Strain into a large jar and mix in lemon juice and Mānuka honey; add more lemon juice or Mānuka honey, if desired. Let cool; cover and chill.

• Brew can be made 2 weeks ahead. Keep chilled and dilute with warm water to desired potency when ready to drink.

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