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Thompson’s – The Master Herbalists for over 70 Years – Bring World Herb Day to Australia and New Zealand for the First Time in 2023

17 May 2023

Thompson’s, The Master Herbalists for over 70 years, are bringing the internationally recognised World Herb Day to Australia and New Zealand for the first time in 2023. Alongside bringing greater awareness to the numerous benefits of herbs in our everyday lives, Thompson’s wish to use World Herb Day as an opportunity to provide education to consumers who are beginning their journey towards a natural and holistic life.

According to the National Day Archives, World Herb Day (celebrated around the world on Saturday 6th May 2023) is dedicated to raising awareness for the useful properties and importance of herbs in our everyday lives and encourage people to learn more about herbs and communicate their benefits to help them improve their health and wellbeing naturally.

Thompson’s was founded in New Zealand by herbalist Mark Barrington Thompson, who opened one of New Zealand’s first health stores – called Thompson’s – in 1951. Thompson was renowned at the time for his herbal remedies and medicinal solutions – a man ahead of his time with a deep understanding of herbs and their ability to affect the physiology of his patients. Over the past 70 years, the Thompson’s business prospered, and is today considered a renowned leader in herbal supplements and natural health solutions.

The Thompson’s journey from mystery to mastery of herbal medicines may have begun in 1951, but it continues to this day. Thompson’s understands how herbs and humans work and exemplify this commitment as The Master Herbalists in the powerful We Dig Deeper campaign which demonstrates this journey from mystery to mastery. Thompson’s pioneered the “one-a-day” dose model in New Zealand which is now commonplace across the vitamin and supplement category, stemming from the belief that supporting health and wellbeing should be simple and straightforward and derived from natural ingredients.

To further share this herbal expertise across Australia, Thompson’s will launch a dedicated Herbalist Hub – a free, online destination filled with useful information on the benefits of these potent herbal ingredients and their many uses in supporting everyday health and wellbeing to provide resources for consumers interested in natural supplements.

Thompson’s products are formulated by drawing on over 70 years of herbal expertise, balanced with the traditional uses of herbs in Western, Pacific Islander, Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines to deliver natural solutions for health. The Thompson’s portfolio of products spans a broad range of pure herbal, herb and vitamin blended and pure vitamin formulations, with a few of the hero products being:

One-a-Day Ginkgo 6000: Contains an herb called Ginkgo (active ingredient ginkgo biloba) and is a source of antioxidants to reduce free radical damage to body cells. Ginkgo has been shown to maintain and support general health and wellbeing as well as enhance healthy blood circulation, cognitive performance and memory in aging individuals, all in a simple and easy one-a-day dose.

One-a-Day Milk Thistle 42000: Contains a high-strength milk thistle extract (active ingredient Silybum marianum) and is traditionally used in Western herbal medicine to maintain the natural liver cleansing and detoxification process, support healthy digestive system function, protect the liver and support liver health.

Ashwagandha Complex Stress + Sleep: Formulated with a herbal blend of Ashwagandha, passionflower and lavender oil for stress and sleep support based on a combination of Ayurvedic and Western herbal medicine. Ashwagandha has been traditionally used in Western herbal medicine to help the body adapt to stress and traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine to calm the mind, calm the nerves and support cognitive function and memory recall, while lavender oil has been traditionally used in Western herbal medicine to support healthy sleeping patterns and relieve sleeplessness.

One-a-Day Bilberry 12000: Contains a close relative of the blueberry called the bilberry (active ingredient vaccinium myrtillus) to which supports eye health and healthy eye function. Additionally, Bilberry also supports blood capillary health, and general health and wellbeing as well as being an antioxidant, reducing free radicals formed in the body and reducing free radical damage to body cells.

To discover the full Thompson’s range of products in Australia, visit the website here.

Consumers can shop the Thompson’s range of herbal supplements online and in stores across Australia at Chemist Warehouse. Consumers can follow Thompson’s on Instagram @thompsonsherbals and engage with World Herb Day using #WorldHerbDay.

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