There are many ways to support your immune system.
These include: getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet that is rich in vitamins (especially vitamin C) and if needed to support with herbal remedies that have traditionally been used to promote a healthy immune system.
On this post, I want to share with you a few natural remedies that support the immune system and defend against cold and flu!
DIY RECIPE- TURMERIC LATTE
I love to be creative in the kitchen and invent new recipes.
Turmeric is well known for its potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidants qualities.
All the different spices in this recipe have warming, anti-inflammatory, immune-boosting and digestive support properties.
Here is my recipe for delicious Turmeric latte:
Anti-inflammatory & delicious hot drink that will support your body from within whenever you feel unwell.
- 1.5 tsp Turmeric powder
- 0.5 tsp Ginger powder
- 0.25 tsp Black pepper powder
- 0.5 tsp Nutmeg powder
- 0.5 tsp Cinnamon powder
- 1 cup of plant-based Almond/ Soy/ Coconut/ Rice/ Oats
- Blend all the ingredients
- warm the mixture over a gentle heat.
- Pour into a cup, drink and enjoy 🙂
HERBAL MEDICINE & IMMUNE SYSTEM
Echinacea is a genus of nine herbaceous flowering plants in the daisy family (Asteraceae; Compositae), commonly called coneflowers, originating from eastern and central North America. 1
Echinacea is the first herbal remedy that comes to mind when you want to boost the immune system and fight infections.
In the first signs of feeling unwell, think about taking Echinacea.
This wonder herb will help your body to fight the germs and support your immune system.
Echinacea is best known as an immunostimulant. It stimulates the immune system by inducing activation or increasing activity of any of its components.
There are a series of studies that support these immunomodulatory effects, with both increases in innate and specific immunity.
You can take Echinacea in many formats – tablets/ capsules/ syrup/ lozenges/ hot drink.
How long can you take Echinacea?
This herbal remedy recommended for short term use only (no more than a few weeks).
Traditional Chinese Medicine has been used this root for hundreds of years; It is defined by the Chinese as a plant that strengthens the spleen, qi and blood, and is used mainly to treat exhaustion, weakness and frequent infections.
Astragalus is considered a gentle plant that is suitable for long-term use and even safe for children.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the root of this plant helps to support your body and protect against cold, flu or weaknesses.
Also, Astragalus is considered as an adaptogen herb.
Adaptogen means that it also protects the body against various stresses, including physical, mental, or emotional stress.
The Chinese Medicine uses this herb for centuries to fight fatigue, help to the digestion and for its antimicrobial qualities.
During the flu season for a few weeks, you can use this herb for supporting and strengthening your body.
Try Sage herbal tea to fight against a sore throat
The easiest to make at home, pour 1 cup of boiling water over the herbs of your choice, cover and steep for 5-10 minutes before drinking.
I recommend making a tea with a few Sage leaves, Thyme, Ginger, Lemon and honey.
This herbal tea is an excellent homemade remedy for a sore throat and coughing.
Sage (Salvia officinalis) is well known for its astringent, antiseptic and antibacterial qualities.
The best options for honey are Manuka honey or regular unheated (raw), local and organic honey.
Manuka Honey from New-Zealand is famous thanks to its healing properties.
The medicinal properties of honey have been documented in the world’s oldest medical literature.
Since ancient times honey has been known to possess antimicrobial properties as well as wound-healing activity.
The most important active components of Manuka honey are Hydrogen peroxide and Methylglyoxal (MGO).
As much the MGO is higher, the honey is more potent.
It has antiviral and antibacterial effects, and the best is starting eating a teaspoon, just when you are beginning to feel a cold or a sore throat.
You can also use regular honey but choose local and organic and unheated (raw) when possible.
Eucalyptus essential oil is highly effective for treating respiratory problems.
Using eucalyptus oil can help to open the airways and breath easily if you suffer from a stuffy nose.
- If you feel that it is hard to breathe, diffuse a few drops of eucalyptus oil in an essential oils diffuser or oil burner.
- Or in your bath, but remember to dilute it first with 1 tbsp of sweet almond or any other carrier oil.
- You can also make an inhalation bath– make a facial steam bath by pouring 3 cups of boiling water into a bowl and adding five drops of eucalyptus essential oil, cover your head with a towel and inhale deeply for few minutes.
In conclusion, there are many ways to boost your immune system.
Firstly, you can use healthy nutrition as a powerful tool. Secondly, you can use herbal medicine to offer extra support to your immune system.
I hope you will find my tips useful!
Please write to me in the comments below for any questions.
Above all, stay healthy, keep your immune system strong and listen to your body needs!