And by the way, we should want to build our immunity throughout our life. Not just when there is a GLOBAL PANDEMIC.
Mother Earth has provided us with everything we need to stay in optimal health, and herbs are the icing on the cake. With thousands of herbs on the market, the question is: What herbs do I take? I have provided a blend of my favorite immune boosting herbs here. Let's take a look at my Top 5.
GINGER (Zingiber officinale)
Ginger is a familiar friend for most. (Thanks Grandma!) With its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial herbal actions, ginger is ready to fight off any cold, flu, or virus coming your way. As a bonus, ginger also supports the digestive system.
BTW, ginger tea is not the same as ginger ale. Get the fresh stuff, chop it up, and put it in a pot of water to boil. Top it off with your favorite sweetener and a squeeze of lemon.
2. Echinacea (Echinacea angustifolia)
When they say "Too much of a good thing is bad for you," they are also talking about Echinacea. Let me explain.
Echinacea is an immunostimulant, which means it kicks the immune system into high gear. It reduces susceptibly to colds, flu, and infections. If you are already sick, it can limit the duration and severity of the infection.
However, if you consistently take Echinacea, your body grows a tolerance for it, thereby reducing the effectiveness. My advice is to take echinacea on and off. As soon as you are beginning to feel sick, call on your Echinacea soldiers and continue taking it for the duration of your illness.
3. Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)
Yay! More magical pink flowers!
Red Clover is one of my favorite herbs!! It is both anti-inflammatory and an alterative. (No, Spellcheck. Not alternative) An alternative supports the body's natural process of detoxification, cleansing, and elimination. If there is any bad pathogens trying to get into your body, Red Clover is here to get it out!
4. Elderberry (Sambucus nigra)
In recent years, Elderberry has become increasingly popular and for good reason. It is antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and an immunostumulant. Like Echinacea, save it for the fight. Use at the first sign of illness and continue for the duration.
Elderberry is ready to fight off colds, flu, and viruses. It is also helpful for fevers (as a diaphoretic) and congestion. What can't you do, Elderberry?
5. Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)
I specified peppermint, but many of its mint relatives (in the Mentha family) have the same healing properties. Just the smell of its aromatic leaves can relieve congestion. It's antiviral and antiinflamatory properties make it a great ally to have in your herbal medicine cabinet.