It seems that an intense flu season is spreading accross the country and if you don’t want to become a statistic by falling victim to it, your best line of defense is to strengthen your immune system.
If your immune system is strong, a virus has a much more difficult time to set up camp in your body – but even if you do get sick, the duration of the illness will be much shorter due to the strong army of white blood cells that you built.
What makes your defense system strong? Some things are simple, such as getting enough rest and sleep. Nutrition plays another important role in your health. Load up on fruits and vegetables and keep the sugary, starchy treats to a minium.
Herbs fall into the food category and there are some quite powerful herbs with immune boosting properties:
Garlic is one of the most powerful medicinal plants and has been used for millennia. Research studies have shown its ability to kill viruses and bacteria. Consume at least one teaspoon crushed garlic a day or take a garlic supplement according to instructions.
Thyme is not only a common kitchen spice, but because of its active ingredient “thymol” a strong anti-viral and anti-bacterial. It is often used in remedies for colds and bronchitis. To make a tea, pour 1 cup of boiling water over 2 heaping teaspoons of thyme. Let stand covered for 10 minutes, then strain. Drink one cup several times per day.
Echinacea is one of the most popular herbs in the fight of colds an flu. This herb increases the levels of a chemical called properdin, which activates the part of the immune system that increases the body’s defense mechanisms agains viruses and bacteria. At the first signs of feeling a cold coming on, I take 15-25 drops of tincture every 3-4 hours or use 10z of herb and infuse it with 1quart of water. Let stand overnight and drink small sips throughout the day.
While Echinacea is very effective, it is not recommended for long term use as it loses its efficacy. Use best for one week, then take a break of one week and start up again.
If you want to know more about which herb can help you with cold and flu symtoms, talk to our knowledgeable tea consultants.
Keep warm and drink tea!