As the temperature drops and winter approaches, so does the dreaded cold and flu season. While you can't completely avoid these viruses, you can bolster your immune system and alleviate symptoms with natural remedies. Below are just a few ways that you can keep your immunity in tip-top shape:
Echinacea has been used for centuries to boost the immune system. This powerful herb is believed to stimulate the production of white blood cells, which help fight off infections. You can find echinacea in various forms, such as tea, capsules or tinctures. Consuming echinacea regularly may help prevent illness or reduce the severity and duration of symptoms.
When you are battling a sore throat and cough, turn to the soothing combination of honey and lemon. Honey has natural antibacterial properties, while lemon provides a dose of vitamin C. Mix a teaspoon of honey with the juice of half a lemon in warm water for a soothing, immune-boosting drink. You can also add a pinch of ginger for extra anti-inflammatory benefits.
Garlic isn't just for adding flavour to your dishes; it is also a potent natural antibiotic. Garlic contains Allicin, a compound known for its antimicrobial properties. If garlic on its own is too strong try fermenting the garlic in honey, these two ingredients combined are known to be a great immune system booster. Garlic has antibacterial and antiviral properties, while honey is rich in antioxidants that help fight free radicals and prevent cell damage. Try incorporating more garlic and honey into your meals to help your body fight off infections.
Ginger is not only a fantastic remedy for upset stomachs but also a powerful anti-inflammatory and immune booster. Ginger helps reduce inflammation and can ease symptoms like nausea and congestion. Try making ginger tea by steeping fresh ginger slices in hot water or add it to soups and stir-fries for that added support.
Astragalus root is a herb that has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. It is believed to enhance immune function and reduce the severity of cold and flu symptoms. You can find astragalus supplement or use the dried root to make a nourishing tea. Astragalus root can also be found all over Canada, in wetlands, woodlands and even in the prairies.
This cold and flu season, equip yourself with these natural remedies to boost your immune system and alleviate symptoms. If you are looking for a ready-made option, consider a visit to Back to Earth out in Lavington, where you will find these products below to help boost your immune system this Fall and Winter:
With the help of Back to Earth and some home-made remedies, you will be able to say goodbye to those cold and flu symptoms this Fall and Winter.
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