Harnessing nature to support winter chestiness

Coming down with ills and chills is common as the seasons change and we begin to spend more time indoors. These ills and chills may be transient, but they can often lead to chest discomfort despite every effort. When this happens, the ability to expel mucus is important, otherwise the mucus can become a breeding ground for bugs.

Traditional plant remedies can offer support. They have been used for centuries to work alongside the body’s natural defence systems to build resilience and support vitality. The best formulations use fresh plant extracts to ensure the active ingredients remain in their natural state for optimal absorption. Here are some key herbs to look for when choosing a natural remedy to support a tight chest:


Thyme is traditionally recognised as a powerhouse when it comes to supporting respiratory health. It helps to loosen and break down mucus in the respiratory tract, making it easier for the body to expel. Thyme also supports relaxation of the smooth muscle in the bronchial tubes and relaxed breathing for a tight chest. Thyme is naturally rich in antioxidants and is a powerful antiseptic herb due to its high content of volatile oils – these characteristics support the healthy functioning of the immune system and help to build resilience and integrity in the affected tissues.

artemis uses wild-harvested Central Otago Thyme throughout our immunity range. Central Otago Thyme grows in a pristine alpine environment where there are freezing cold winds in the winter, and dry, scorching conditions in the summer. The active constituents that are beneficial to our health are the same ones that thyme produces to survive and thrive in this harsh environment.

Mullein and Plantain

Mullein and Plantain both help to expel phlegm and soothe mucous membranes by forming a protective barrier. They also support the reduced formation of mucus in the upper and lower respiratory tract.


Licorice has long been used to support a clear chest due to its ability to protect the mucous membranes, expel phlegm and support relaxed breathing. It also offers the additional benefit of adrenal support, which can be useful when the immune system is under stress.


Marshmallow contains the constituent mucilage, which is valuable for soothing a scratchy throat.

Californian Poppy

Californian Poppy helps to relax and soothe the body, particularly for children to support a restful sleep. Sleep is crucial to recovery as it helps the body’s immune defences.

The artemis Chest Relief range contains organic and wild-harvested fresh plant extracts to soothe tight chests, and support the entire respiratory system, as well as build a resilient immune system. The Kids Chest Relief Day and Kids Chest Relief Night have been formulated for children aged 0-6 years, with their specific needs and safety in mind. Ask the friendly team at your local Health 2000 about the artemis Chest Relief range and how it can help you and your family this winter.

Always read the label and use as directed. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional. artemis Ltd, Dunedin

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