9 Herbal Remedies To Boost Immune System – Readily available!
Discover the 9 best herbs for health and healing!
Regardless of where we live in the world…at some time of the year we face the cold and flu season! Cold and Flu should not be the only reason we look after ourselves!
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Our immune system is amazing, it doesn’t just keep sniffles away, it is also is the body’s best defense against potentially deadly diseases, such as H1N1 flu, and well-known killers, such as cancer.
Your daily habits, including the foods you eat and your exercise and sleep routines, have a significant effect on your immune function.
How to Protect Your Immune System!
Herbal remedies boost our immune system and aide the body when healing or recovering from an illness.
I recommend using fresh whenever possible. Why not get adventurous and grow them yourself. If getting fresh herbs is not possible you are still able to use dried. Just ensure you get them from a trusted and reputable supplement store or online retailer.
Herbs for Health and Healing!
#1 … Nettle Leaf – Herbal Remedies Boost Immune System
Some Naturopaths/ Herbalists say this is the most powerful of those on our list. Nettleleaf is a powerful herbal remedy as it contains massive amounts of vitamins and trace minerals whilst also helping the body stay hydrated and remove toxins.
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One of my highly recommended methods to take nettle leaf whilst ill is in a tea. As well as a powerful healer it is exceptionally delicious regardless of the deep and fluorescent green you may see in the glass before you! The nettle leaf should be simmered in water with raspberry leaf, Alfalfa and Peppermint making a powerful immune supporting and illness preventing remedy.
#2 … Elderberry
Elderberry is well known for supporting the body, especially during flu. You can find conventionally made elderberry syrups at many holistic or herbal stores now, or to save money, make your own. If you do buy from a non-holistic retailer always ensure that the elderberry is pure and not simply a flavored sugar syrup.
Home Made Medicinal Elderberry Syrup
A truly easy to make elderberry syrup with honey and herbs to clear colds and boost immunity.
- 1 cup dried black elderberries
- 4 cups of water
- 3 Tablespoons fresh minced ginger root - or 2 Tbsp Ginger Powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon - powdered
- 1/2 teaspoon clove - powdered
- 1 cup raw honey
- Step 1 In a medium sized saucepan add the water, elderberries, ginger, cinnamon and cloves.
- Step 2 Stir gently and bring to the boil.
- Step 3 Reduce the heat, cover and simmer very gently.
- Step 4 Simmer for 45 minutes to an hour or until the liquid has reduced by around half.
- Step 5 Remove from heat and let cool until lukewarm.
- Step 6 Using a wooden spoon or large flat spoon mash the berries against the sides of the saucepan to release as much of the berry juices.
- Step 7 Pour the liquid through a cheesecloth or strainer into a sterilized glass jar or bottle- must be sealable.
- Step 8 When the syrup is cool add the honey and stir/shake well.
- Step 9 Store in the fridge.
- Step 10 Note: Standard daily health dose is 1 tsp for children and 1 Tbsp for adults.
- Step 11 For flu and cold – take regular dose every 3 hours until symptoms subside.
#3 … Ginger
Ginger may be taken in 2 differing ways to aide with healing when you are ill. I would always advocate the use of fresh ginger however if you have a problem with the strong taste of you may take it in capsule form which is widely available in good health food stores.
If you opt to use fresh ginger you should steep 2-3 inches of ginger root, no need to peel, in 3 cups of boiling water. This ginger tea drink will assist with sinus issues and any congestion. Ginger will help enormously with any nausea and vomiting associated with the flu and also helps to combat high fever and headache
#4 … Yarrow
Yarrow is one of the best herbs if combating flu or fever. If used as a tea at the beginning of an illness it will usually shorten the illness to less than 24 hours. It is especially good for combating fever as it induces perspiration and allows the body to rid itself of toxins.
Because Yarrow is naturally bitter, it is often good to include peppermint and stevia leaf when making a tea. This simply adds natural sweetness and refreshing elements to the tea and makes it more appetizing, especially for children. Yarrow tea is an excellent aide for the liver and kidneys and supports the endocrine system.
# 5 … Chamomile
An absolute staple for health. Chamomile calms the nerves, aides sleep and reduces inflammation or fever. Soaking a chamomile tea bag in warm water and placing over an eye for 15 minutes every 2 hours will also relieve conjunctivitis in less than 24 hours. Chamomile tastes great so is usually the best tea to give children. As well as using chamomile for treatment of flu and fever it is also great for regulating hormones, excellent for the skin and if used regularly will promote and aide good sleep.
#6 … Peppermint
Peppermint is excellent for all digestive disturbances and for lowering fever. It can be used as a tea or mashed into olive oil and rubbed on the skin to bring a high fever down. It is antimicrobial and antiviral so highly beneficial. It is an excellent herb to use in times of illness as if used as a hot or cold tea, unlike many herbal products, you can consume unlimited amounts safely. Peppermint is highly recommended for children.
#7 … Catnip
While it may sound strange Catnip is a traditional cold and flu remedy. It helps induce sleep and settles the stomach. As a tea it is a great herb for combating flu, cold or other illnesses. I promise you won’t start rubbing on the legs of guests or purring loudly when scratched behind the ears.
#8 … Red Clover
This herb is very high in nutrients. Red Clover is well known for purifying the blood and relaxing the body. More widely it has been used in hormonal preparations, but is also useful in treating almost any illness when steeped in hot water and taken as a hot or cold tea. As clover has a bitter taste you may sweeten with a little honey or add the steeped liquid to your prepared peppermint tea.
# 9 … Fish Oil
Fish oil is probably best associated with promoting cholesterol health but it is also an excellent addition to daily health promotion and aides quicker recovery when ill.
Fish oil is also now beginning to gain wider popularity due to the suggested benefits to Crohn’s patients.
Since Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory condition and omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish oil, have anti-inflammatory properties, a diet rich in omega-3 is considered helpful to reduce Crohn’s symptoms
As with any supplement or holistic herbal remedy if you suffer from a long term chronic illness or take prescription medication it is always advisable to talk to your doctor before adding any other type of treatments. While the above treatments are all safe to use and widely accepted it is possible that there could be an interaction with pharmaceuticals and therefore a discussion with your health professional is always advised.
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Wishing you the very best health and I hope that the “Herbs for Health and Healing” guide will be of use in keeping your healthy, happy and full of vitality.