Herbs & Habits for Building Immunity
Can you feel the chill in the air? Now is a great time to load up on nutrient-dense foods, get plenty of rest, and boost immunity for the cold and flu season. A well-stocked herbal pantry can be essential in safeguarding us from the sniffles.
These herbs are staples for staying healthy in the Fall and Winter months. From building immunity to combating symptoms, each herb has something unique to offer. We’ve even included some lifestyle habits that boost wellness!
Disclaimer: This blog is for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice. Please consult your health care practitioner before adding any new herbs to your wellness routine.
Herbs for Building Immunity
These herbs fortify immunity and prevent the onset of cold and flu symptoms.
Echinacea supports the immune system in defending against pathogens. This powerful plant contains immune system stimulant properties and boosts the production of white blood cells.
Astragalus has been used medicinally in China for at least 2,000 years. Its immuno-modulating, antibacterial and antiviral properties make it a top preventative choice for colds and respiratory infections. Astragalus is also a potent adaptogen that helps our bodies better adapt to physical and emotional stress.
Reishi is a staple adaptogen in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It gently modulates the immune system over time, helping to strengthen its natural defenses. Reishi provides deep immune support and aids in the relief of cold and flu symptoms, helping us recover quickly.
Find these herbs in Immune Depth Tincture.
Herbs to Combat Symptoms
Relieve pesky cold and flu symptoms with these soothing herbs.
Often referred to as “Old Man’s Beard”, Usnea is a lichen that has long been used to soothe sore throats and treat infections. Known for its cooling and drying properties, Usnea is helpful in bringing down fever, clearing mucus, and lowering inflammation.
The roots of the Goldenseal plant contain an alkaloid called berberine, which helps fight infection and inflammation. It’s considered an alterative herb, which means that it stimulates the body’s natural healing processes. Goldenseal is a powerful anti-microbial that also balances the immune system.
Elderberry is packed with antioxidants, flavonoids and high levels of vitamin C. It helps shorten the duration of cold and flu symptoms while modulating the immune system. Elderberry helps reduce inflammation and bring our bodies back into balance.
Find these herbs in Cold Defense Tincture.
Lifestyle Habits for Building Immunity
Help your body prevent infection with these 5 lifestyle habits.
1. Reduce Stress
Stress weakens your immunity. Meditating and spending time in nature can be a great stress relief. Try going for a stroll in the park and focus on being present in the moment.
2. Sweat it Out
Did you know sweating increases your white blood cell count? Exercise 30 minutes a day and take time for a well-deserved bath or sauna session.
3. Reduce Sugar & Alcohol:
Too much of anything can cause a strain on your system. Sugar and alcohol have an inflammatory effect on the body, and they are known to weaken the immune system. Treat yourself in moderation.
4. Avoid Smoke
Cigarettes, wood fires, and even vehicle exhaust inhibit our immune response! Keep those antibodies strong by avoiding smoke when you can.
5. Add Herbs to Your Daily Routine
Fill up on herbal allies like the ones listed above! Use dried herbs to create a loose-leaf tea ritual or incorporate tinctures into your morning coffee or smoothies.
Curious to learn more? Check out this webinar where our Co-Founder, Yarrow Willard dives into the world of immune boosting herbs!
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