25+ Immune System Adaptogenic Herbs to Fight Stress and Chronic Fatigue

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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, we could use the help of some powerful immune system adaptogenic herbs to counteract stress, chronic fatigue, and build our natural defense against harmful agents! You can learn more about the amazing properties of adaptogens in this article (The Powerful Benefits of Adaptogens) and you can also find some yummy and healthy recipes with some of these magical ingredients – perfect for the winter season! => 9 Nourishing and Stress-relieving Adaptogen Recipes

But today’s article is focused on the various adaptogenic herbs we can use to our advantage, whether it is with our daily cup of tea or directly as food supplements!

Remember to consult with your doctor before taking any of these herbal remedies! This is especially true for pregnant/breastfeeding women, people with chronic illnesses, and those taking any kinds of medications! Herbs may be natural but they are also very potent! Do not self-diagnose and do not self-medicate!

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The best immune system adaptogenic herbs 

  1. Chinese/Korean Ginseng (Panax Ginseng)

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.

It is extremely versatile! It is known for its ability to lower the cortisol Brown Rice and Mineral Water Cleanse, Gentle Way to Cleanse Colon(the main stress hormone) levels in the body and to improve our overall wellbeing and mental health. Ginseng is extremely valuable to people who wish to lose some extra weight and to those having a diabetes predisposition for it regulates the blood sugar levels as well. (Psst! Speaking of blood sugar management, the best way to keep it low and stable is by decreasing the consumption of glucose and simple carbohydrates! And one of the best nutritional plan to achieve that is the ketogenic diet plan (after you consult with your doctor!). So, I am happy to announce that my new book on healthy weight-loss using the low carb diet plan for women is up on Amazon! I also have a special celebration gift for you – a FREE COOKBOOK “10 Quick and Easy Meatless Keto Recipes“!  Subscribe to my newsletter and get access to your cool freebies and special surprises==>

But that’s not all! Traditional ginseng root is one of the best immune boosting plants with strong anti-inflammatory properties! It boosts the cardiovascular system fighting the “bad” LDL cholesterol, stimulates the reproductive system for both men and women, and improves our durability! This 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.

  1. Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus)

This plant is also known as Eleuthero (coming from Greek and it means “free”) and it has been used in Chinese and Russian folk medicine for more than 2000 years.

It is praised for its abilities to boost and strengthen the whole human organism, and it is very effective for helping our bodies fight off various diseases and ailments, such as the cold and the flu.

Siberian ginseng is a wonderful herb to use as an autumn immune booster and a powerful stress management herbal remedy!

The plant is suitable for helping our bodies deal with and adapt to the changing of seasons; for those who work in physically, emotionally, and mentally demanding jobs; for professional athletes or hobbyists for faster and more effective recovery after extensive workouts; for boosting the whole organism after an illness (remember to consult with your physician beforehand!); for those who are on restrictive diet plans, etc.

  1. Indian Ginseng (Aswagandha, Withania somnifera)

This is another potent healing and immune boosting adaptogenic plant which comes from the East, mostly India (as the name implies).

It is lavishly used in the traditional folk Indian naturopathy – Ayurveda – as an immune booster and stress reliever. But Ashwagandha offers sо much more – it holds numerous health benefits for the whole body, organs and systems.

Here are some of its major proven benefits: decreases the levels of stress hormones (such as cortisol and adrenaline) and fights adrenal fatigue; balances the whole endocrine system of the body and the secretion of all hormones, including those from the thyroid. Medical experiments show that in only 20 days of taking this plant, the production of the essential thyroid hormones T3 and T4 is significantly boosted; it is an excellent mood booster (stimulates the secretion of serotonin and endorphins), sharpens our focus and elevates our spirit! Ashwagandha has been proven to stimulate the insulin secretion and to boost the natural insulin sensitivity, which leads to lowering the blood sugar level.

  1. Leuzea (Maral root, Rhaponticum carthamoides)

Leuzea is an endemic plant found in the regions of Eastern Siberia, the Altai mountains, Mongolia, and China.

Due to its long evolution under these severe environmental conditions (such as high altitude and temperature fluctuations), the plant has acquired a special form of metabolism in which it synthesizes specific compounds called phytoecdysones (or ecdysterones).

These phytosteroid agents can improve and control the vitality of our body at a cellular level, which harmonizes and boosts the work of the nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular and digestive systems, the metabolism, natural immunity, and reproduction. In other words, the harsh conditions have made Leuzea a pretty tough plant which helps us become strong and resistant just as much!

Here’s how Maral root can help you! Rhaponticum carthamoides shows promising results in stimulating the immune system; improving our strength and durability; speeding the recovery after an illness or physical training; raises the hemoglobin levels which is excellent for people suffering from anemia; helps with weight management – speeds the metabolism of fat tissue and boosts the synthesis of proteins and muscle gain); Leuzea is also a powerful libido booster for both sexes; fights stress, depression, panic attacks, and even some cases of phobias; improves the work of the whole cardiovascular system; a powerful anti-oxidant with some anti-aging effects; protects the liver against alcohol abuse and other harmful chemical substances, and so on!

  1. Rhodiola (Golden root, Rhodiola rosea)

Rhodiola is a special plant with powerful adaptogenic properties. Usually, it can be found in the cold Northern parts of the world – Siberia, Northern China, Iceland, etc.

The extract from Rhodiola helps our bodies adapt and withstand various stressful conditions, such as cold/hot weather, infections, extensive physical exercises, even high altitudes.

This precious plant is part of the traditional naturopathic medicine of the northern cultures – the Russians, Norwegians, Mongols, Chinese, etc. It is said that the mighty Vikings used Rhodiola to keep themselves in excellent physical and mental shape and to boost their stamina.

In the central Asian cultures, Rhodiola is valued as one of the best natural remedies for colds and the flu. And the Mongols use it even to treat serious ailments like tuberculosis and cancer.

The plant can also be used to counteract hypotension (low blood pressure), especially in the initial stages; to stimulate the brain activity, to boost our ability to focus, and fight memory loss; to expel various toxins from the body, especially from the liver; to soothe the symptoms of altitude sickness (nausea, flatulence, fatigue, dizziness, weakness, swelling, etc.); to protect from the negative effects of chemotherapy; to regulate the blood sugar level, and speed the metabolism!

  1. Five-flavor berry (Magnolia-vine, Schisandra chinensis)

The five-flavor berry is another great adaptogenic plant which we can use to our advantage for boosting our physical, emotional, and mental health!

Numerous Russian pharmacologists have examined the positive health effects of the magnolia-vine berries in improving the mental and physical performance of the test subjects even after the very first dosage!

The herb has been used successfully in treating various asthenic and depressive syndromes, psychasthenia (phobias and obsessive disorders), traumatic cerebrasthenia, atherosclerotic neurasthenia (mechanical weakness of the nerves), and reactive depression in atherosclerotic patients.

The best results were observed in improving astheno-depressive syndrome which manifests as extreme fatigue and irritability.

In 1956 a group of Bulgarian scientists have conducted similar clinical observations which showed the undisputed benefits of the five-flavor berry in treating low blood pressure, lethargy, drowsiness, low self-esteem, lack of appetite, and extreme weight loss.

  1. White cinquefoil (Potentilla alba)

White cinquefoil may not be a popular plant, but it shows some amazing healing and strengthening effects on the human body! The herb is mostly popular in the Russian folk medicine for treating all kinds of gastrointestinal problems (especially severe diarrhea), abscesses, cysts, rheumatism, hemorrhoids, eczemas, and gingivitis.

The plant is also indispensable for people suffering from various thyroid issues (especially hypothyroidism and thyroid goiter). Clinical studies using a couple of Ukrainian herbal remedies containing Potentilla alba extracts show significant drop in the number of thyroid nodes and a decrease in the size of the lumps in more than 60% of the test subjects!

The herb also shows acute anti-oxidant, adaptogenic, astringent, and anti-inflammatory properties and it can be extremely useful in treating a wide range of ailments and discomforts, such as diarrhea, stomach cramps, ulcers, angina, malaria, diabetes, headaches and toothache, the mumps, and even against snake venom!

  1. Common Verbena (Verbena officinalis)

In ancient Greece this herb has been considered a multifunctional remedy for all diseases! The Roman author Pliny the Elder describes the plant as one of the 4 sacred herbs used by druids as magical and healing remedies.

Over the years vervain has gained popularity in folk medicine as a powerful tool for treating kidney and gallbladder stones, whooping cough, malaria, headaches, anemia, and even poisoning with snake venom (when mixed with wine).

Today, the common verbena extract has been used in various natural remedies for all kinds of nervous system ailments (sciatica, lumbago, neuralgia), toothache, soothing the symptoms of colds, the flu, and other respiratory infections (vervain has a positive effect on people with fever as well).

Remember that this plant is not suitable for pregnant women and the dosage is crucial for the proper treatment! Do not self-medicate and consult with your doctor before using verbena!

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  1. Tribulus (Devil’s thorn, Tribulus terrestris)

This is a little known annual plant, which has distinct adaptogenic properties.

That is why Tribulus is frequently used in traditional Chinese and Indian (Ayurveda) medicine for the treatment of many ailments and conditions, such as eyesight problems, edemas, cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure, etc.

But the herb is mostly known for its excellent effect on the endocrine system, especially the reproductive segment.

In men, the plant is considered to increase the luteinizing hormone in the testicles which is responsible for the testosterone production. And the good news is that in women, the herb does not increase the secretion of testosterone, but gently balances the female hormonal system.

Let’s take a quick look at some of the most potent health effects of this plant (also called Devil’s-thorn): helps people with extremely low appetite, and can be a valuable asset when dealing with anorexia; lowers the blood pressure and the cholesterol levels and regulates the heart rhythm (excellent for cases of arrhythmia); counteracts the development of prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate); helps with the proper digestion of carbohydrates and prevents from blood sugar surges; can prevent cataract development (walleye); detoxes the liver and kidneys, especially from heavy metals like Cadmium and Mercury; stimulates the immunity, the metabolism, and the proper blood circulation.

  1. Holy basil (Tulsi, Ocimum tenuiflorum)

Holy basil (also known as Tulsi) is an extremely important plant in the traditional Indian folk medicine (Ayurveda) and it is considered a sacred herb which is regularly used in various religious rituals. The plant can often be seen in many Indian homes for bringing luck and health to the household.

On a more practical side, Tulsi can be your powerful ally in achieving health and wellness with its strong healing properties! Holy basil has shown acute antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, adaptogenic, antibacterial, antiviral, anthelmintic (anti-parasitic), analgesic, antipyretic, appetite stimulating, anti-flatulent, anti-stress, immune-boosting, hormonal-balancing, antifungal, and antispasmodic effects on the human body!

Herbal tea or supplements made of this plant can be used for prevention or the treatment of various ailments (after you consult with your doctor first!), and for the purpose of toning the nervous system and relieving stress; improving memory; expelling mucus from the lungs; boosting the work of the gastrointestinal tract and preventing ulcers; protecting from radiation exposure; lowering the blood pressure and the LDL cholesterol levels; improving the oral health; regulates the metabolism; boosting and improving the work of the heart, the liver, and the lungs!

  1. Reishi mushrooms (Ganoderma lingzhi)

The reishi mushrooms are probably the most popular type of fungus today! They have been used in the traditional Asian folk medicine for thousands of years, but nowadays their amazing health benefits have gained them popularity all over the world!

The mushrooms are not very suitable for direct consumption for their extremely bitter taste, so you can find them mostly in the form of extracts in capsules or tablets.

So, how does this kind of fungus help us? Reishi is a wonderful supplement for those who wish to improve not only the quality of their lives, but also their longevity! The mushrooms have proven anti-oxidant and anti-aging effects. This natural remedy also shows promising results for successful cancer prevention. Reishi can be a wonderful detoxifier by boosting the work of the most powerful cleansing organ in our bodies – the liver.

Moreover, including these supplements in our menu, we also significantly improve the cognitive abilities of our brains – this can be a key factor in preventing or treating incurable neurological ailments like Alzheimer’s or Huntington’s. And last but not least, just as any adaptogenic agent, the reishi mushrooms are excellent for modulating the immune system, increasing the energy levels, working as an anti-inflammatory remedy, and improving the respiratory system!

  1. Water hyssop (Brahmi, Bacopa monnieri)

Water hyssop (also known as Brahmi) is one of the herbs which can be considered a worthy competitor of the popular Ginkgo Biloba in improving the memory and the cognitive function of the brain (Bacopa literally means “that which improves intelligence”)! 

According the traditional Indian medicine Ayurveda, Brahmi is considered to be a “Medhya Rasayana” which means a multi-functional medicinal plant treating many ailments and discomforts. It is used as a powerful brain toner which protects the central nervous system against free radicals and slows down the aging process! In Ayurveda the plant is used for treating epilepsy, asthma, memory loss, inflammation, pain, fever, and as an anti-oxidant.

But that’s not all! Bacopa can be your best ally when dealing with all kinds of addictions – to alcohol, drugs, tobacco, sugar, etc. Brahmi supports the nervous system when dealing with the biochemical reactions during the withdrawal period.

  1. Moringa (Tree of life, Moringa oleifera)

Moringa (Moringa oleifera) is a very special tree found in Africa and the Himalayas. It is often called “the wonder tree” or “Never Die”, because of its numerous health benefits and its absolute sturdiness and resistance.

As it turns out, Moringa has the exact same effects on our bodies as well. It builds our natural immunity and makes us healthier and stronger with enhanced ability to counteract diseases and harsh environmental conditions. Moringa’s fruits, leaves and oil are full of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, which makes it a real superfood.

Moringa lowers the blood pressure, stimulates the metabolism, supports the digestive tract, soothes the nervous system, boosts the immunity, and detoxes the body. The plant is excellent for vegetarians/vegans for its essential amino acids. According to the traditional Indian medicine (Ayurveda), Moringa can prevent, counteract, and heal us from more than 3000 health conditions and ailments.

It also stimulates the digestion and fights anxiety and insomnia. It gently detoxifies the body and strengthens the immune system. The herb is even suitable for diabetics. Moringa is an excellent nutrient for vegetarians/vegans, active athletes, and fastidious children.

  1. Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus)

This is one of the best herbs for boosting the female fertility! After all, the name shatavari from Sanskrit literally means “the one who has 100 husbands”. Asparagus racemosus (not to be confused with the garden asparagus – Asparagus officinalis) is a wonderful female hormonal balancing supplement suitable for both menopausal women and young females struggling with PMS, PMDD or irregular menstruation. Shatavari is also excellent for post-partum recovery and milk supply boosting (after you consult with a doctor!).

Moreover, scientific researches show that this magical Ayurvedic herb possesses some adaptogenic and immune-boosting properties as well.  It supports the normal lymphocyte levels and its long-term use has shown significant improvement of the work of the digestive system.

And last but not least, shatavari can be used as a detoxifier with its proven diuretic effects!

  1. Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra)

Licorice (also known as the sweet root) is a type of a legume from the Fabaceae family native to the Southern parts of Europe and Asia. The plant is usually cultivated and grown for its edible roots. They contain a compound known as glycyrrhizin – a chemical which is 50 times sweeter than sugar.

But this is not just a healthier alternative to regular glucose! Licorice is also a powerful adaptogen and a medicinal herb proven for its numerous benefits! Licorice extract has been used for treating gastric ulcers, inflammation, supporting and strengthening the respiratory system, promoting expectoration, and soothing dry cough. The plant is also used as a powerful toner improving the overall wellbeing of the body and mind, and as an immune system booster.

Plus, just as most adaptogens, the “sweet root” also promotes the reproductive system, especially in women. Licorice is considered to be a magical aphrodisiac for females, hence its popularity as “the female Viagra®”!

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  1. Astragalus (Huáng Qí, Astragalus propinquus)

Astragalus is one of the 50 fundamental herbs in the traditional Chinese medicine for its numerous benefits and healing properties.

Due to its high amounts of saponins and polysaccharides, the herb is a powerful anti-inflammatory remedy as well as a wonderful immune-booster. A study in Beijing found that Astragalus stimulates the production of T-helper cells which play an important role in our natural defense mechanisms.

The active substances in the plant also show promising results in suppressing the growth of cancer cells. Moreover, a study published in the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, points to the ability of Huáng Qí to protect the liver during chemotherapy. Astragalus is also a wonderful supplement for the cardio-vascular system! It can lower the high blood pressure and the level of the triglycerides.

The herb is a powerful ally to diabetics as well. It showed an ability to manage the insulin resistance and protects the beta cells in the pancreas. But that’s not all! Astragalus can also be used for boosting our bodies to prevent (or to recover faster from) the flu, and alleviating the symptoms of chronic asthma!

  1. Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica)

The plant is mostly popular for its proven anti-inflammatory, antibacterial properties, and as a wonderful anti-oxidant! Gotu Kola can be your best friend in treating or alleviating ulcers, anemia, bronchitis, high blood pressure, dysentery, and many more!

But don’t underestimate this plant for its beautifying and anti-aging effects! Its ability to stimulate the collagen production makes it a wonderful remedy for wrinkles, stretchmarks, cellulite, and the reduction of scar tissue.

Gotu Kola is also suitable for boosting the whole cardiovascular system, improving the blood circulation, strengthening the blood vessels, alleviates the hypertension, lowers the cholesterol levels,  and prevents (or soothes) hemorrhoids, cold limbs, and varicose veins.

The herb can be used as a powerful detoxing remedy as well! Its diuretic properties help those suffering from water retention, kidney stones, and obesity.

As a typical adaptogen, Gotu Kola should not be underestimated when it comes to soothing anxiety, managing daily stress, boosting the cognitive functions and toning the brain, and balancing the endocrine system!

  1. Maca root (Peruvian ginseng, Lepidium meyenii)

It is safe to say that maca root can be considered a superfood with its numerous benefits for our bodies and minds! This edible rhizome has been used in South American folk medicine as a powerful toner which improves our durability, raises the energy levels, and works as an effective aphrodisiac.

Maca owes its magical properties to the extremely harsh environment it grows in – at high altitudes, low temperatures, and in the infertile soil of the Andes. Not many plants can survive these conditions unlike the amazing maca!

Maca root is packed with nutrients, macro and micro elements which makes it a perfect adaptogen for stress management and recovery from extensive workouts. This powder is often added to the daily protein shakes and smoothies of professional athletes and fitness fanatics!

Maca is your ally in soothing the physical and mental stress, and slowing down the aging process! And, of course, the plant is also wonderful for the reproductive health of both men and women. But females can definitely take advantage of this rhizome when comes to alleviating the symptoms of PMS and menopause!

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  1. Aloe Vera (Aloe vera barbadensis var. miller)

The aloe plant has more than 300 varieties, but the one which possesses the most health benefits for the human body is the type called Aloe vera barbadensis miller. You probably have seen the aloe extract lavishly used in the beauty and personal hygiene industry for its amazing anti-aging, restorative, and healing properties for the skin. But the plant has so much more to offer!

Aloe vera contains a wide variety of nutrients, micro, and macro elements such as vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, folic acid, Potassium, Magnesium, Zinc, Chrome, Selenium, Iron, Calcium, Copper, and Manganese! This makes this plant extremely beneficial for the whole organism!

Aloe vera contains more than 18 types of amino acids including the 8 essential ones. Moreover, it supplies our bodies with fatty acids which are indispensable for our overall wellbeing.

The plant can be considered a powerful adaptogen as well – it shows all the characteristic of an adaptogenic agent – balances and supports all the systems in our bodies; boosts the immune system, and our innate adaptive mechanisms; improves our ability to deal with stress (physical, mental, and environmental).

The aloe gel (or supplement) is also successfully used for all kinds of gastro-intestinal issues – from diarrhea and constipation to IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), and acid reflux.

And last but not least, aloe is a powerful body detoxifier and alkalizer!

  1. Codonopsis (Dang Shen, Codonopsis pilosula)

The plant is known in the traditional Chinese medicine as “poor man’s ginseng” for it was much more accessible and affordable than the traditional panax ginseng. At the same time, the plant offers similar beneficial effects for improving the cardio-vascular system and the successful treatment of the chronic fatigue syndrome.

The Chinese believed that codonopsis increases our life force (called Chi) and thus it helps us deal and overcome a wide variety of discomforts and ailments. This potent herb has even been used as an addition to the traditional cancer treatment. Studies show that Dang Shen has a beneficial effect and decreases the negative side effects of chemotherapy.

Codonopsis is a powerful adaptogen which naturally boosts our innate defense mechanisms – it stimulates the production of the protein interferon which is known to be part of our emergency response to malevolent agents in our bodies!

So, in summary, how can Dang Shen help us and what can it be used for? Consider adding Codonopsis (after a consultation with a doctor) for immune system boosting before winter; for cancer prevention; treating hypertension; for improving the blood circulation; for stimulating the process of blood and marrow production; for improving the digestion; stimulating the appetite; as an aphrodisiac; and for overall toning the body and improving the energetic status!

  1. Cordyceps (Cordyceps militaris)

Cordyceps is probably one of the most potent and powerful immune system adaptogenic mushrooms known to man! It is actually a parasitic fungus which infects insects and anthropods, but extremely beneficial to the human body when taken as a supplement.

The fungus is a wonderful toner that improves our energy and helps us battle the malevolent bacteria and viruses by boosting the production of the NK killer cells.

As a full-fledged adaptogen, cordyceps is a perfect libido booster, especially for men. It also improves the work of the heart and blood circulation preventing arrhythmias and heart failure.

This magical mushroom also has positive effects on the respiratory tract – it improves the absorption of oxygen which can be a wonderful supplement for athletes and people with respiratory issues.

Moreover, with its anti-oxidizing and anti-aging effects, cordyceps can be beneficial for cleansing the body from toxins, and slowing down the processes of decay.

  1. Goji berry (Wolfberry, Lycium Chinese)

The Goji berry has become quite popular these days for its amazing nutritional value! But did you know that the wolfberry can be considered a powerful adaptogen as well?

Naturally growing in the harsh environment of the Himalayas, goji has become a quite sturdy plant packed with nutrients and beneficial compounds, such as 19 amino acids (including the 8 essential ones); more than 20 vital elements like Iron, Calcium, Zinc, Copper, Phosphorus, Germanium, etc.; vitamins B1, B2, B6, and E, and many more.

Regular consumption of these precious little berries is known to stimulate the production of the human growth hormone (HGH) and testosterone which improve the reproductive system of both men and women.

Moreover, goji is packed with anti-oxidants, zeaxanthin, lutein, and carotenoids which make it a perfect anti-aging, longevity, and eye-sight boosting food and supplement!

The  containing Germanium, beta-carotene, and the polysaccharides LBP I, LBP II, LBP III, LBP IV in wolfberry are powerful immune-boosters by stimulating the production of the interferon amino acid, and also protect our cells from genetic mutations.

Goji berry is also a powerful ally for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease for its large amounts of the choline (vitamin B4).

But that’s not all! This magical berry has been researched by Chinese scientists for its beneficial effects on the cardio-vascular system. The berry increases the amounts of superoxide dismutase (SOD) in the blood – a powerful super anti-oxidant which prevents the oxidation of cholesterol and protects the heart and the blood vessels!

And this is just a drop of the ocean of benefits from the regular consumption of goji berries as food or as a supplement, and we can safely say that this wonder from the Himalayas is an absolute superfood!

  1. Jiaogulan (Gynostemma pentaphyllum)

The plant with the exotic name of Jiaogulan is native to some regions of China, Japan, South Korea, and it is commonly known as the “herb of immortality”.

And for a reason! This powerful adaptogen significantly improves the resistance, durability, the performance, and vitality of the human body!

Jiaogulan also boosts the production of our natural killer cells (phagocytes and lymphocytes) and raises the level of the serum immunoglobulin which makes the herb a perfect immune modulator!

The plant also protects the beneficial bacteria in the gastro-intestinal tract which improves the digestion and prevents from ulcer development.

Just as any other typical adaptogen, Jiaogulan is a powerful brain toner and stress reliever – perfect for stimulating the cognitive functions, improving our sleep patterns, and soothing anxiety.

The plant is also suitable for those suffering from liver steatosis (fatty liver), metabolic syndrome, and insulin resistance – the herb can be a wonderful weight management supplement combined with a healthy diet and regular exercises.

And lastly, “the herb of immortality” is a powerful anti-oxidant which slows down the aging process and improves our longevity and vitality!

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  1. Milk thistle (Silybum marianum)

Milk Thistle is one of the best herbs for detoxing, strengthening the immune system and boosting the liver (and gallbladder). It has also been proven to help the work of the intestines and the reproductive system. This potent plant can help you dislodge the cholesterol plaques and lower the levels of the triglycerides.

The magic of this herb comes from its seeds. They contain a substance called silymarin which helps the liver cells to regenerate through the process of protein synthesis. Silymarin is extremely effective even against the most dangerous liver toxins. Milk Thistle contains various beneficial components – fat-soluble vitamins (K,A,D,E),  essential micro and macro elements (Zinc, Selenium, Iodine, Boron, Copper, etc.), and much more.

This magical plant and its seeds can be used for prevention or in addition to healing many serious liver illnesses like cirrhosis, jaundice, and hepatitis. It is indispensable for detoxing from strong chemical poisoning – tobacco, alcohol, heavy metals, etc.

The spleen and the digestive tract also benefit greatly from this plant. Taking Milk Thistle oil, tea or powder can have a very good effect on the cardiovascular system (against varicose veins and hemorrhoids), the menstrual cycle in women, discomforts in the pelvis and the kidneys.

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  1. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Rosemary is mostly popular as an aromatic culinary herb, especially in the French cuisine (the spice is part of the mixture called Herbes de Provence alongside savory, marjoram, thyme, and oregano). But this plant can offer so much more for our overall health and wellbeing!

One of the most precious and surprising effect of using rosemary extracts is its ability to suppress the cancer cells development, especially in the ovaries.

The high amounts of volatile compounds, flavonoids, and phenolic acids makes rosemary not just a wonderful mood booster and an air freshener, but also a powerful medicinal herb with potent antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.

The containing rosmarinic acid (typical for this plant) shows promising results for the successful treatment of the life-threatening condition of the severe infection called toxic shock syndrome.

Rosemary is probably the most commonly used adaptogen with all of its health benefits, such as the ability to tone and boost the whole organism, especially when it comes to physical, mental, emotional, and environmental tress recovery!

Add this wonderful spice to your daily menu or as a supplement to improve your digestion, strengthen the blood vessels, boost your libido and performance, alleviate excessive water retention, and to relieve stress!

  1. Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea, Echinacea angustifolia, Echinacea pallida)

The plants from the Echinacea family 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 detoxifies the blood and the lymph, suppresses the growth of the staphylococci, streptococci bacteria, 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.

Avoid taking Echinacea extracts during pregnancy, breastfeeding, in case of an allergy to the herb, and in the evening (it tones the body and could lead to insomnia).

  1. Wild garlic (Ramsons, Allium ursinum)

Wild garlic (Allium ursinum) is a little known plant with lots of health benefits, and it is considered to be even more potent than regular garlic.

The plant is also called ramsons (or bear’s garlic) and it can be used for the 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.

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 forage wild garlic on your own. Use only trusted suppliers!

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Best immune boosting herbal tea blends 

Now that we listed pretty much all of the immune system adaptogenic herbs known to man, you may feel a little lost in all of this information.

So, here are a couple of suggestion of combining these powerful natural remedies in your everyday life as safely as possible!

If this seems like too much hassle to you, here are some store-bought options you can easily use right away as your daily cup of tea or as a toning caffeine-free coffee substitute!

  1. Adaptogen Coffee by Four Sigmatic

The perfect coffee substitute! Contains half the amount of caffeine while you take advantage of the amazing adaptogenic benefits of Ashwagandha, Tusli, and Astragalus! This blend is quickly dissolved in cold or hot water and the beverage is ready in no time!


  1. The Republic of Tea SuperAdapt Burnout Blocker Herbal Tea

A magical caffeine-free toning herbal blend with chaga, cordyceps, cinnamon, ginger, and organic dates for a perfectly delicious experience! It takes merely 5 minutes to prepare this amazing herbal blend to boost your immunity, fight chronic fatigue, and recover from burnout!


  1. Buddha Teas Organic Holy Basil Tulsi Tea

A cup of hot tea has never been so healthy and delicious at the same time!  This adaptogenic blend containing holy basil as the main ingredient is a sweet and spicy beverage to help you recharge and get energized without loading the heart with caffeine!


  1. Organic Ashwagandha Root Tea

This is the aswagandha tea variety by the same company Buddha Teas. You not only take advantage of the amazing benefits of Indian ginseng, but you are also safe and guaranteed a high-quality product which is caffeine-free, kosher, gluten-free, and GMO-free with no artificial additives, dyes, and bleach-free environmental-friendly tea bags!


  1. The Mate Factor Functional Herbal Blends Tea

A delicious and immune-boosting blend of Indian ginseng, tulsi, rooibos, and more – a great addition to your healthy daily routines! Do not hesitate to prepare your aromatic cup of this tea when feeling tired, stressed or as a powerful winter body booster!


  1. Organic India Tulsi Green

The perfect combination of the amazing green tea and the Rama, Vana and Krishna Tulsi varieties! This tea blend contains natural caffeine and it is a perfect coffee substitute which gently tones and energizes your body while providing excellent immune support!

Natural immune booster juice recipes (smoothies)

First, I would like to share with you a very simple smoothie recipe using some common adaptogens you can prepare at home for your daily boost during the cold months or after a workout!

Ashwagandha Immune Boosting Recipe


1 Tbsp. ground flax seeds
1 lemon
2 cm (~1 inch) ginger root
1 liter (~4 cups) pure water
1 tsp. lecithin
1/4 tsp. purple maize powder
1/4 tsp. ashwagandha powder


Soak the ground flax seeds in some pure water in the evening. Let it sit overnight so that it forms its special healing mucus-like substance. Squeeze the juice from the lemon, peel and cut the ginger root in pieces. Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until it is fully homogenous. The recipe is for 4 servings.

The next recipe is an ultra-delicious smoothie with the amazing maca root to take advantage of its wonderful strengthening and hormone balancing properties! This is you go-to drink after a workout, especially for women! Cheers!

Maca Smoothie


6 fresh strawberries
1 banana
1-2 Tbsps. Maca powder


Place all ingredients in a blender and stir until the consistency is fully homogenous. In the summer, you can add some ice cubes to make the smoothie much more refreshing and energizing.


For more immune boosting plants, tips, and recipes, check out my “Build Your Immune System Fast: Proven Immune Boosters, Healthy Anti-Cancer Recipes, Homeopathic Remedies, Probiotic Yogurt Recipes, Herbal Tea, and more” book! 

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– Healthy gut – healthy you! How to take care of our beneficial colon bacteria?
– Natural probiotics and prebiotics – how to make them at home with natural ingredients?
– Adaptogens for a strong immune system– the key to dealing with stress, infertility and building our strong immunity.
– Which bee products are best for our defense system and how to use them to their maximum benefit?
– Natural ways and systems to prevent, stop and heal from cancer cell formation.
– Loads of delicious immune boosting recipes and remedies.
– The best herbs, essential oils and homeopathic remedies to prevent diseases, viruses, fungi, and bacteria.
– much more…


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Ginseng and male reproductive function
Biological Activities of Ginseng and Its Application to Human Health
Siberian Ginseng: A Review of the Literature
Effects of Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus maxim.) on elderly quality of life: a randomized clinical trial
A Prospective, Randomized Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study of Safety and Efficacy of a High-Concentration Full-Spectrum Extract of Ashwagandha Root in Reducing Stress and Anxiety in Adults
An Alternative Treatment for Anxiety: A Systematic Review of Human Trial Results Reported for the Ayurvedic Herb Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
Effects of Leuzea carthamoides on human breast adenocarcinoma MCF-7 cells determined by gene expression profiling and functional assays
Evaluation of natural antioxidants of Leuzea carthamoides as a result of a screening study of 88 plant extracts from the European Asteraceae and Cichoriaceae
Rhodiola rosea for physical and mental fatigue: a systematic review
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Current knowledge of Schisandra chinensis (Turcz.) Baill. (Chinese magnolia vine) as a medicinal plant species: a review on the bioactive components, pharmacological properties, analytical and biotechnological studies
Effects of lemon verbena extract (Recoverben®) supplementation on muscle strength and recovery after exhaustive exercise: a randomized, placebo-controlled trial
Anticonvulsant, Anxiolytic, and Sedative Activities of Verbena officinalis
Insights into Supplements with Tribulus Terrestris used by Athletes
The effect of five weeks of Tribulus terrestris supplementation on muscle strength and body composition during preseason training in elite rugby league players
The Clinical Efficacy and Safety of Tulsi in Humans: A Systematic Review of the Literature
Tulsi – Ocimum sanctum: A herb for all reasons
Ganoderma lucidum (Lingzhi or Reishi)
Chemical, biochemical, preclinical and clinical studies of Ganoderma lucidum polysaccharide as an approved drug for treating myopathy and other diseases in China
Chronic effects of Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) on human memory
Neurocognitive Effect of Nootropic Drug Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) in Alzheimer’s Disease
Neuropharmacological Review of the Nootropic Herb Bacopa monnieri
Bioactive Components in Moringa Oleifera Leaves Protect against Chronic Disease
Plant profile, phytochemistry and pharmacology of Asparagus racemosus (Shatavari): A review
A Double-Blind Randomized Clinical Trial for Evaluation of Galactogogue Activity of Asparagus racemosus Willd.
Impact of stress on female reproductive health disorders: Possible beneficial effects of shatavari (Asparagus racemosus)
Bioactive Candy: Effects of Licorice on the Cardiovascular System
The antiviral and antimicrobial activities of licorice, a widely-used Chinese herb
Licorice Root
Anti-Aging Implications of Astragalus Membranaceus (Huangqi): A Well-Known Chinese Tonic
Pharmacological Review on Centella asiatica: A Potential Herbal Cure-all
Effectiveness of Gotu Kola Extract 750 mg and 1000 mg Compared with Folic Acid 3 mg in Improving Vascular Cognitive Impairment after Stroke
A double-blind, placebo-controlled study on the effects of Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) on acoustic startle response in healthy subjects
Effects of Centella asiatica (L.) Urb. on cognitive function and mood related outcomes: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
Ethnobiology and Ethnopharmacology of Lepidium meyenii (Maca), a Plant from the Peruvian Highlands
A Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Trial of Maca Root as Treatment for Antidepressant-Induced Sexual Dysfunction in Women
Evaluation of the Nutritional and Metabolic Effects of Aloe vera
Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera Gel Research Review
The genus Codonopsis (Campanulaceae): a review of phytochemistry, bioactivity and quality contro
Study on distribution division of Codonopsis Radix
Identifying the functions and biomarkers of Codonopsis pilosula and Astragalus membranaceus aqueous extracts in hepatic cells
Pharmacological and therapeutic potential of Cordyceps with special reference to Cordycepin
Traditional uses and medicinal potential of Cordyceps sinensis of Sikkim
Goji Berries as a Potential Natural Antioxidant Medicine: An Insight into Their Molecular Mechanisms of Action
Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects of Chinese Wolfberry
A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, clinical study of the general effects of a standardized Lycium barbarum (Goji) Juice, GoChi
Anti-cancer effects of Gynostemma pentaphyllum (Thunb.) Makino (Jiaogulan)
Milk Thistle: Effects on Liver Disease and Cirrhosis and Clinical Adverse Effects: Summary
Milk Thistle
The Therapeutic Potential of Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) Diterpenes for Alzheimer’s Disease
The essential oil of rosemary and its effect on the human image and numerical short-term memory
Echinacea for preventing and treating the common cold
Allium ursinum: botanical, phytochemical and pharmacological overview
New mannose-specific lectins from garlic (Allium sativum) and ramsons (Allium ursinum) bulbs
Ramsons (Allium ursinum L.): Portrait of a medicinal herb

Stay tuned for more!

Until next time!


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