9 natural immunity boosters you must know about
Since this season is infamous for everyone around you catching horrible colds and getting the flu, I thought it best we share some simple things can be taken to boost immunity and keep healthy!
Some of the best gifts from mother nature come in handy when we are feeling under the weather or want to stay healthy when people around us are constantly getting sick. Prevention is better than cure and if you're anything like me, try taking one or some of these even before you feel that tickle in the back of your throat or reach for the first tissue....
Keep reading to know whih 9 made it to our list!
Echinacea is more than just a pretty purple flower! It is a natural way to shorten the lifespan of a cold and can even reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. The best way to take Echinacea is by boiling it in hot water to make a tea. Recipe and more info.
Of course, we all add sage to our favorite complementing recipes. Since we already love it so much in cooking, it's awesome that sage is an anti-inflammatory that also fights bacterial infections. Sage salves have been used as pain relievers, and the clearing agents in sage can help shake a lingering cough as well. Here is a simple sage tea recipe you can try.
Ginger is a strong antioxidant and immune system booster. It prevents free radicals that can damage cells. The healthier your cells, the healthier you are! Juice some fresh ginger and take 1oz in a shot ( you can add turmeric to it too!) or grate some and boil in water to make ginger tea, add some honey/agave and Drink twice a day. 8 more ways you can use ginger to fight cold and flu!
Ashwagandha is a potent root that calms the body’s physiological and nervous systems. This root strengthens the immune system, lowers inflammation, and helps with fatigue and anxiety related to illness. To prepare a decoction, boil 3/4–1 1/4 teaspoons (3–6 grams) of Ashwagandha root for 15 minutes and leave to cool. You can drink up to 3 portions (750 ml) daily. Medical practitioners have warned against the use of Ashwagandha if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, suffer from diabetes, you have high or low blood pressure, you are being treated for stomach ulcers, you have a thyroid disorder.
5. Raw Garlic
Did you know that we have a natural immune booster right in our kitchen? Raw garlic is a powerful germ fighter and can help guard our immune system from the pesky flu. Raw garlic boosts a disease-fighting response from your white blood cells when they encounter viruses like the common cold or flu. Here are 9 of the best ways you can use garlic as a remedy for colds. It sounds gross but a lot of juice bars now have the option of adding a garlic shot to their juices. This works wonders!
6. Oregano Oil
Oregano oil is basically anti-everything: anti-viral, antibacterial, anti-parasitic, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory. Mix a few teaspoons of oregano oil into a tub and soak your feet in it or mix it with coconut oil and apply it to your nails or skin. You can even find Oregano oil capsules at most health stores these days. The general dosing for oil of oregano for adults is 2 to 3 drops three to four times daily once you have a cold or flu. For preventive or maintenance purposes, take 2 to 3 drops twice a day. If you choose to take supplements, use 100 to 150 mg capsules in place of the 3 to 4 doses daily. To treat a sore throat, you can add 5 to 6 drops of oregano oil to a glass of water and gargle several times a day.
7. Turmeric (get some here!)
This King of spices helps our body fight foreign invaders, making it a great immune booster. It is anti-inflammatory and has even been compared to aspirin. Try cooking with it in rice dishes or vegetable and other greens, blended into a smoothie or mixed into tea. Heres a great Turmeric Cold and Flu Tonic recipe that is great!
8. Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Essential oils have been our radars for quite some time so we were excited about this next immune booster. Eucalyptus oil fights colds, the flu, coughs and even bronchitis. This oil reduces mucus and works as a natural decongestant. It can even reduce lethargy, leaving you ready to tackle the day. Add some oil to your bath, in your hot shower, or in your diffuser. Here are some more ways you can use Eucalyptus oil for colds and more!
9. Colloidal Silver
Colloidal silver is one of the best immune boosters that you can put into your body. Colloidal silver is antibacterial—it prevents harmful bacteria from forming and destroys any that may already be present. It prevents the cold and flu and can help alleviate sinus infections. Ingest colloidal silver or use it in a neti pot to flush out your sinuses.
As with anything, we recommend consulting your doctor if you have any questions about these natural immune boosters.
Have you tried out any of these natural immune boosters?
Please share with us your own tips and tricks to combat flu season. We would love to hear!