My 5 favorite herbs for boosting immunity
Hey yo! It’s sick season…and boy, I’m here working with a cold today 🙁 Blah. Because of this, I’ve gone into crazy mode with my immune boosting foods and supplements and thought I’d share with you all.
Before all though, make sure you are staying well hydrated and RESTING as soon as you feel something coming on, and limit anything that feeds a virus (sugar and ‘fake foods’).
Now, onto the good stuff:
Elderberry is a plant, but considered to be an herbal remedy by many sources. The berry from the elderberry tree can be dehydrated and added to teas, mixed with other herbs, or my favorite- made into a syrup with honey and spices to help fight colds and flu symptoms. Elderberry also has wonderful anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce inflammation throughout the body. This can help reduce aches and pains in your system as well, which leads to better sleep and fatigue relief. Because elderberry really stimulates the immune system, I typically suggest using it for no more than 4 days in a row, with 4 days of rest so you don’t ‘over-activate’ the immune system.
Andropgraphis is an herb that is indigenous to India. This herb is known as a natural antibiotic and used by millions around the world as an alternative to over the counter or prescribed options. It can help with the immune system and help to combat fevers and sore throats. It can also help with minor infections in the body like tooth infections and ear infections.
Ginger is a root herb that is used for sore throats and stomach issues. You can use ginger in several ways including in teas, as a powder form, and in juices and smoothies. For a fully boosting effective option, mix the ginger with orange juice (for the vitamin C) to give a strong boost and toxin fighting option for your cold or flu and to boost your immune system reaction. Or, if you’re brave, just eat some fresh ginger root 😉
Honeysuckle is a plant that grows in most areas during the early spring and summer months. Honeysuckle flowers can be used to help boost the immune system and aid in fighting against migraines, sinus issues, and sinus relief. It can easily be dehydrated and used in teas throughout the year. In fact, most people who use honeysuckle tend to harvest it in large quantities and then dehydrate it for use later on since it only grows for a short time.
Ahhhhh yeah, this one’s my favorite. Garlic is a member of the lily family, and as I’m sure you know, it’s the bulb that’s the magic. Garlic has a long history as an infection-fighter, and is even touted as “Russian penicillin” due to its antibacterial properties. Much like ginger, you can use a powdered form or fresh, but make sure to crush and/or chop the fresh garlic to stimulate the enzymatic process. When I feel something coming on, I often crush and dice a clove, dump it onto a teaspoon with local, raw honey and…down it. Strong, but it helps!
There are of course dozens of other fantastic immune boosters out there, but these are my five favorites. I’d love to hear from my readers as to what they use!
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