It’s that time of year again just to add to the whole Covid 19 scene. The winter nights are cold and soon cold and flu season will be upon us here in Australia. Especially now it is important to keep your immunity up to help combat ordinary colds and flu, let alone the virus. Here are a few natural herbs that you can take to help give your immune system a boost.
Natural immunity boosters
Garlic is an anti-microbial, antibiotic, antiseptic, and anti-histamine. It can help with your chest, sinuses and even your gut.
Ginger helps to stimulates digestive juices so it can help a sluggish digestive system if you have poor appetite, slow bowel movements or cramps. It also helps to remove toxins so you can absorb nutrients better thus boosting your immunity. Ginger also helps to relieving nausea & motion sickness. It contains anti-inflammatory, antiseptic & natural antibiotic qualities.
Lemon has great immune boosting qualities and is also has a strong anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-viral & anti-septic effect within the body. The essential oils in the lemon rind may also help to uplift your mood and make happier.
Turmeric has many properties including being an anti-inflammatory, cytotoxic; which means it helps protect the cells making it good as a possible immune booster in preventing cancer. It’s also anti-microbial, anti-biotic, promotes liver & gallbladder function, and helps to soothe digestion. When combined with a lipid such as coconut oil or pineapple and black pepper the absorption is enhanced.
Coconut Oil is a highly nutritious food to include in your diet. Fats in Coconut Oil are medium chain triglycerides which are healthy fats with medicinal benefits. These benefits include being anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral. Also, it helps to support your body’s metabolism and fat burning power. Coconut oil is also used in oil pulling which is a great way to get the toxins out of the body and for mouth hygiene.
Black pepper is an anti-inflammatory, anti-septic and is great for fever and is an analgesic meaning it relieves pain.
Cayenne is an anti-septic, digestive tonic and anti-oxidant. Cayenne also helps to accelerate the actions of other herbs and foods it is combined with so add it to your foods as a flavouring to make a healthy dish.
Himalayan salt is an unprocessed natural salt that is great for helping to regulate the body’s PH balance making it more alkaline. It helps to balance hormones, blood sugar, supports adrenal function and is a natural anti-histamine.
Raw honey that is unprocessed and non-heat treated is full of amino acids, antioxidants, minerals, and enzymes. The heating and processing of this destroys all of the natural enzymes & antioxidants in the honey so better to buy the fresh unprocessed one from your local bee keeper.
Thyme is anti-septic, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, astringent & expectorant. Also, thyme & garlic together can help to ward off intestinal worms.
If you find that you are needing an immune system boost to help ward off this seasons cold and flu, try adding some of these ingredients into your diet. They make a nice additive to many a dish and enhance your food. Turmeric can be drunk as a tea and so can lemon, honey and ginger. Add a touch of cayenne and thyme to your foods and don’t forget the garlic. It makes for added flavour to what you are eating and your body’s absorption abilities will increase.
There are of course many other ways to boost your immunity so if you are struggling and your food does not seem to give you the kick you need then give us a call to see how we can help. Our clinic specialises in immune disorders and can assist.