There are many things we can all do to help protect ourselves from flu, virus and general illness. It does take effort and change. So here are a few herbs and spices that you can incorporate into your diet to boost your body.
It is very important to use the herbal intervention 3 to 5 times a day, regularly, especially until the season has passed, or you are well.
Elderberry, elderberry, elderberry – We know that the brightly pigmented berries are a source of anthocyanins, which are a type of flavonoid also found in blueberries, raspberries and bilberries. The fruit is best taken as an elderberry supplement in the early stages of seasonal challenges to support immune function.
Raw Honey – it is good if it can be local but to fight illness the most important factor is that it is raw. Raw honey has very strong antibacterial benefits. Honey activates the immune system’s response to infection and prevents cell proliferation.
Elderberry Honey – Now here is the titan two together! Raw Honey infused with fresh elderberries from the Midwest of the United States. The combination of these two immune boosters are delicious.
Echinacea – This is a flower that most recognize but may not know it as Echinacea. It is known as the “coneflower”. It grows commonly in many gardens and landscapes. You can purchase supplements, but we love offering fresh grown and dried echinacea by the ounce. Add it to elderflower or elderberry as an herbal tea.
Oregano – Oregano has enjoyed an equally long history of supporting a healthy immune response. A natural antioxidant source, Oregano contains phytochemicals that support the body’s natural resistance. Oregano’s volatile oils help support the healthy microbiome in the intestines and a healthy immune response. My personal experience tells me this works so well. It also supports healthy digestive flora and is a natural antioxidant.
Garlic – many of us use it in our foods daily. Garlic is powerful! It’s thought to stimulate the immune system and boost the efficacy of white blood cells. If you are sick increase your intake of garlic. Make a super garlick-y soup (don’t skimp on the bone broth, either), eat a couple of raw garlic cloves, roast a garlic bulb, or pack it into a jar of honey and let it sit for a few weeks to infuse. For the garlic honey, don’t wait till your sick to make it. Once it is made, it keeps forever. So make it now so its ready when you need it most.
Ginger – powerful antioxidants that contain anti-inflammatory. Add it to your regular hot or cold tea and drink away.
Cold & Flu Tea – This is a staple in my house. I typically start drinking this tea at the first inkling of a symptom (like scratching throat, sniffling or sneezing) and it truly helps my body fight off cold or flu. At this point I am drinking two cups a day as a preventive, just trying to energize my body and strengthen my immune system. See the ingredients here: https://www.cjfarmstexas.com/cold-flu-tea/
There are so many herbs and spices that are helpful to our health. Cinnamon, turmeric, hot peppers and so much more. Whatever you want to choose see the website for the full catalog of what we carry.
Remember, help yourself to be prepared for any illness you may encounter; eat lots of fruit and veggies, wash your hands, stay away from big crowds and include some of the herbs and spices that add benefits to your body.
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