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Top 3 Immune Boosting Plants to Build Your Defense Mechanisms
“Winter is coming”, as Eddard Stark from Game of Thrones would say!
And now more than ever we need to prepare our immune system for the months ahead to withstand all the challenges that come with them – temperature fluctuations, viruses, bacteria, and even stress and depression.
So now, along with a healthy diet packed with vitamins and some gut healing foods, and the power of the adaptogens to counteract stress, we could use the help of some magical immune boosting plants in our arsenal!
Today I will be sharing the top 3 herbs for a strong immune system you can include in your daily cup of hot tea!
Remember to consult with your doctor before taking any of these herbal remedies! They may be natural but they are also very potent!
The plants from the Echinacea family (Echinacea purpurea, Echinacea angustifolia, Echinacea pallida) are famous for their immune boosting properties. Extracts and infusions from this herb have the power to fight viral diseases, infections, fungal contaminations, inflammations, and to stimulate the regeneration of the tissues. Echinacea purifies the blood and the lymph, suppresses the growth of the staphylococci, streptococci, and viruses. Tinctures, infusions, and poultices from this plant are extremely effective for treating wounds, herpes, burns, urinary and respiratory infections, sour throat, coughs, headaches, vaginitis, sinusitis, urticaria and rashes, gingivitis, influenza, otitis, cystitis, stomach ulcers, etc.
Preparation: if you use dry Echinacea blossoms and stalks, boil 1 Tbsp. of the herb in 400 ml (1 1/2 cup) water for 3 minutes. Let it soak for 30 minutes and strain the infusion. Divide the tea into 3-4 equal parts and drink them 3-4 times a day 30 minutes before a meal.
If you use dry roots of the herb, boil 2 tsps. in 2 cups water for 20 minutes. Strain the tea and drink in small sips throughout the day.
If you use Echinacea tincture, dilute 25 drops in 6 Tbsps. water and drink it 15 minutes before a meal 2 times a day.
Avoid taking Echinacea extracts during pregnancy, breastfeeding, allergy to the herb and in the evening (it tones the body and could lead to insomnia).
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2. Wild garlic
Wild garlic (Allium ursinum) is a little known plant with lots of health benefits. It is considered to be even more potent than the regular garlic. The plant is also called ramsons (or bear’s garlic) and it can be used for prevention and treatment of various ailments. It is extremely effective against chronic skin issues (lichens, acne, peeling skin, etc.), viruses, colds, fever, rheumatism and joint pain, gastrointestinal and heart conditions, insomnia, high blood pressure, colon parasites, gout, and more. The fresh leaves and bulbs of the plant can be a powerful natural detoxing remedy, which purifies the blood and restores our well-being.
Important! Bear’s garlic is a wild plant and it looks very similar to the Lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis) and the autumn crocus (Colchicum autumnale), which are not edible and could lead to poisoning. If you are not a specialist in wild plants, do not harvest wild garlic on your own. Use only trusted suppliers!
Preparation: pour 2 cups of hot water on 1 Tbsp. dry wild garlic leaves and let it steep for about 5 minutes. Next, strain the infusion and divide it into 4 equal parts. Drink 15 minutes before a meal 4 times a day.
3. Panax Ginseng – one of the best immune boosting plants!
The main benefit of the Chinese (or Korean) Ginseng is its toning effects on the human body. This is one of the best immune boosting plants but it can also be considered as a powerful adaptogen. You may remember it from the blog post I dedicated to these essential and powerful herbal remedies, but ginseng deserves to be mentioned once again here!
It is extremely versatile! It lowers the cortisol (the stress hormone) levels in the body and improves our overall wellbeing and mental health. Ginseng is extremely valuable to people who wish to lose some extra weight and those who have a diabetes predisposition for it lowers the blood sugar levels as well.
But let’s not forget that this is one of the best immune boosting plants with strong anti-inflammatory properties! Ginseng also boosts the cardiovascular system fighting the “bad” LDL cholesterol, stimulates the reproductive system for both men and women, and improves our durability which is extremely important for athletes and those working hard manual labor.
As you can see, this magical Chinese herb is your best friend in all aspects of the human health and wellbeing.
Just remember, this plant is not recommended to pregnant and breastfeeding women, young children, and those with low blood sugar levels! Insulin-dependent people should take the herb only under medical supervision!
Preparation: Pour 1 cup boiling water onto 1/2 tsp. dry ground Ginseng root, and let it steep until the temperature drops.
This is the maximum daily dose. Do not combine with caffeine, and do not consume before going to bed!
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Until next time!
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