I’m a mother of 2 getting ready to send my babies off to school next week so I’m doing everything I can to boost their immunity before they start! I hate the germs that are associated with school so if I can be active now to keep some of those germs at bay I will definitely try! Herbs that boost immunity are easy enough to get into the system that your kids won’t even know that they are getting them. (This article has affiliate links means you get great products at no additional cost to you!)
4 herbs that boost immunity are:
- Medicinal Mushrooms (My ALL TIME Favorite)
Herbs that Boost Immunity – What are they and where can I find them?
Medicinal Mushrooms are an extremely effective herbs that boost immunity that should be used all year long to balance mind and body! I take mine in pill form while I give them to my children the more sneaky way (hiding it in their food)! I also have a mushroom tea that I love to use in smoothies for both myself and my children. There is no harsh mushroom taste in the products that I use so they are a naturally easy way to help boost immunity! Lingzhi is the most powerful of the medicinal mushrooms that I use because it does SO MUCH for your body and mind! Lingzhi contains rich polysaccharides, adenosine, triterpenoids, Ganoderic acid, proteins and vitamins that promotes healthy cellular growth, vitality and overall immunity. If you are interested in reading more about Medicinal (not hallucinogenic!) please refer back to my precious blog post all about mushrooms and their benefits! If you want to take my word for it and purchase your supplements, coffee (THE MOST DELICIOUS I HAVE EVER TASTED) or tea please visit my affiliate site here!
Echinacea has become one of the top-selling herbs to boost immunity of all time; that’s because regular use of echinacea is beneficial for immune support and overall health. There is considerable evidence suggesting that phytochemicals in echinacea have the capacity to reduce virus infections and tumors. This powerful herb contains a compound called echinacein that inhibits bacteria and viruses from penetrating healthy cells. This greatly reduces the chances of contracting any type of infection while consuming echinacea.
How does Echinacea help with colds? Published in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases, the University of Connecticut performed a meta-analysis study that evaluated 14 studies and determined that:
- Echinacea cuts the chances of catching a common cold by 58 percent.
- Echinacea reduces the duration of the common cold by almost one-and-a-half days.
This is a great one specifically made safe for kids! Another way to do it is to buy the tea leaves and make your own tea!
Garlic is a favorite cooking herb and can be added to a lot of foods, not only to make it taste better but to boost your immunity in the process!
Experiments have shown that garlic — or specific chemical compounds found in garlic — is highly effective at killing countless microorganisms responsible for some of the most common and rarest infections, including tuberculosis, pneumonia, thrush and herpes. Because of its antiviral properties, garlic can be used to treat eye infections and as a natural ear infection remedy.
To make a garlic oil infusion at home, crush garlic cloves and add them to a carrier oil (like olive oil). Let the mixture sit for about five hours, and then strain the bits of garlic and keep the oil in a jar with a lid. You can also swallow a raw clove of garlic; you might need to cut it in half if it’s too large. Bite down once to release the allicin; then swallow with water like a pill. If you are not interested in making an infusion we use these to help at the start of an ear infection!
Elderberry has a long history of use for medicinal benefits by numerous cultures. It fights infections including influenza, herpes, viral infections and bacterial infections. A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine concluded that elderberry can be used as a safe treatment for influenza A and B. This is due to its efficacy on all strains of influenza virus that were tested, the clinical results, its low cost and the absence of side effects.
“Elderberries are an excellent general immune system booster. The berries contain chemical compounds called anthocyanidins, which are known to have immunostimulant effects. Is elderberry good for a cold? Research actually shows that elderberry extract is a safe, efficient and cost-effective treatment for both cold and flu symptoms.” To read the full article by Dr. Axe please visit his website!
Making Elderberry syrup and having it on hand is a good way to ensure you are able to combat a cold from the second you feel the first symptoms! Here are organic elderberries you can purchase! Or if you are not up to making your own you can purchase premade organic elderberry syrup like this one.
In Closing of the 4 herbs that boost immunity:
I hope that you have a better understanding of what herbs can do for you! If we can attack an illness before it makes it to our system it will lessen the amount of toxic medications we are putting into our bodies as well as our children’s bodies! The more medication we put in the lower our immune system gets, which is counter productive! I have given you a few product suggestions throughout the blog post but feel free to find your own! If you find some that you love please comment below or send me an email at MichelleTric@gmail.com as I am always looking for the best products I can find! As always my passion is to educate everyone I can about natural living and welcome any questions. You can email me, connect with me on Facebook or contact me here! Have an amazing weekend and start to the school year and the cold season!