As the seasons change, we have a tendency to get sick. But, there are things you can do to stop this from happening. Here are the top 5 herbs to boost your immune system… and they are so easy to add to your routine now!
In order to stay healthy all year round, you need to give your body the tools it needs to protect you. Think of it as a kind of armor. When you provide your body with the right protective gear, your immune system wages a war against germs, bacteria, and viruses.
And, now that fall has just begun, it’s the perfect time of the year to kick up your immune system. As a matter of fact, if you let your body get weak now, there’s a good chance you will get sick over the winter and even into the spring. Keeping your immune system strong in the fall season is the best way to keep yourself healthy for the entire year.
One of the easiest ways to kick up your immune system is with food and herbs. There are so many delicious, fresh ingredients that will strengthen you and get you to your maximum health potential.
If you Google how to keep your immune system high or how to stay healthy, you will be bombarded with so many differing opinions by so many experts. Everyone has a unique way of doing things. The 5 herbs to boost your immune system that I outline here are all easy to buy, easy to use, and they really will help keep you healthy.
Why Should You Listen To Me?
My passion is helping you heal yourself with food and herbs. It’s truly my calling. When I was studying for my Masters Degree in Oriental Medicine, I knew that all of these amazing tenets of Eastern Medicine could be applied to food and used as everyday healing agents for so many people. I knew that if I combined what I was learning about the properties of food and herbs with what I already knew from my chef’s training, it would be life-changing.
And it is. My training in both Eastern and Western medicine, combined with my obsession with food and cooking, has given me a unique skillset that has helped so many people. And I want to help you. Nothing aggravates me more than knowing that these tools exist but that so many of you have not been taught them.
Everyone should know how to heal themselves with food and herbs. This should not be a secret.
If you eat the right foods for your unique body and circumstances, you can heal yourself. All you need is the correct information. And I’m here to give it to you.
Food really is medicine!
If you eat the right foods and herbs for your unique body and circumstances, you can keep yourself healthy. All you need is the correct information. And I’m here to give it to you. So, read on and learn more ways you can easily learn how to boost your immune system with food and herbs. And, if you want to learn more about healing whatever your specific concerns are, I’d love to help you create a healthy lifestyle plan specifically for your unique needs, so sign up for a free phone consultation and we can chat about it.
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Keep reading for this simple list of the top 5 herbs to boost your immune system, and don’t forget, if you make any of the recipes I’ve included, please be sure to let me know in the comments below. I love hearing how you like a recipe, and I love to answer your questions! If you make it, be sure to take a photo and tag me and post it on Instagram.
Here Are The Top 5 Herbs To Boost Your Immune System
The root of a scallion is a Chinese herb called Cong Bai. It’s used to knock a cold out of your body. And it works. Anytime I am cooking with scallions, I make sure to include the root end. So, if you are making a pot of soup or a stew, slice up some scallions, and toss in the root ends as well. As the pot simmers, the Cong Bail will infuse it’s healing properties into the liquid in your pot.
In simple terms, this herb will help you sweat the cold out.
If, however, you have a fever, stay away from the scallions — they are too hot for you now…
Ginger is also a Chinese herb. In it’s raw form it’s called Sheng Jiang.
This herb is especially good during cold weather months and also during seasonal changes. So, when winter is trying to turn into spring, and we (those of us on the east coast) get some of those cold, raw, damp days, ginger will make you feel better and will help boost your immune system. And, when summer is turning into fall, or fall is turning into winter, those are great times to add ginger into your diet, to prevent those winter colds that seem to pop up often. Old folklore shows that ginger was rubbed on scalps to stop baldness. And, in some circles, a ginger paste is still rubbed on arthritic joints to stop pain (don’t try this at home unless you are diagnosed with a cold-condition by an acupuncturist or herbalist).
Ginger helps push a cold virus right out of your body. I make many of my soups and stews with fresh slices of ginger bubbling away in the broth so that the ginger infuses the whole pot and turns it into a immune boosting super-pot of goodness.
Fresh ginger works especially well along with scallion roots. If you feel like you are at the very beginning of a cold, in the evening, put about 2 cups of water in a pot with about 6 slices of fresh ginger and 2 scallions cut into thirds (include the roots of course). Simmer this herbal formula for 20 minutes. Then strain it into a mug, put on a hooded sweatshirt and a pair of socks and go to sleep under the covers. You will sweat the cold out and feel so much better in the morning.
Make a huge pot of Healing Slow Cooker Chicken Soup — this recipe makes use of both the ginger and the scallions… so healing! Or, you can make my personal favorite Hot Chocolate Smoothie Bowl for a real treat.
You probably guessed this, but garlic is also a Chinese herb.
Garlic is amazing in its antiviral and antibacterial capabilities. It is used to kill toxins and parasites and also to reduce swelling in the body. It’s what I call a great “A” herb: anesthetic, antibacterial, anti fungal, antioxidant, antiviral, etc….
When I’m cooking, I rarely use the amount of garlic called for in a recipe. I use way more. The way I do this is by not chopping or mincing my garlic. I use whole cloves instead and I smash them with a knife or the heel of my hand and I toss them into whatever I’m cooking. This way, the garlic doesn’t burn and the flavor is not so intense. But, and here’s the important but… I always eat the whole cloves as part of my meal. Don’t say “ewwwww” unless you’ve tried it. The garlic, after cooking for awhile, gets a sweeter, mellower flavor and it is delicious. And so healing… try it.
Also, when necessary, I make a raw garlic concoction that knocks a cold right out of my system. It’s a blended up mixture that includes a whole head of raw garlic — if you’re interested in the exact recipe, just leave a comment below or shoot me a message.
Mint is called Bo He in the world of Chinese herbs. It helps knock a cold out of your system, helps get rid of rashes, lowers a fever, and helps with a sore throat.
It’s also good for some abdominal issues too, like bloating, nausea, and some stomach pains. Mint also helps cool of the body in cases of heatstroke, so stock up in summer!
I keep a huge jar of dried mint leaves in my fridge all year round. I also buy fresh mint every time I see it in the market. Using both forms is great for you. I use the dried in teas, and the fresh in my cooking… I urge you to do the same.
Make some delicious Creamy Mint Avocado Pasta or just steep some fresh or dried mint in some hot water for tea.
This one is in not a Chinese herb. But it is powerful. Really powerful.
Oregano kills germs in your body. I like to use fresh oregano in my cooking whenever I can find it. There’s nothing better than adding some oregano to a big pot of tomato sauce… ah that aroma… But, the most efficient way to use it is in the form of an essential oil. However, you need to exercise caution, because you can burn yourself. I don’t mean to scare you, but I want you to learn so you can use this tool.
We use essential oil in my house any time anyone is sick. And it’s like magic. But, you have to follow instructions.
Not only is it great for colds and respiratory conditions, but it’s also good for urinary tract infections.
Read THIS ARTICLE and you will learn and you will reap the benefits of staying healthy. And, as always, if you have any questions, please reach out in the comments below or shoot me a message — I’m here to help.
Remember, if you eat the right foods and herbs for your unique body and circumstances, you can keep yourself healthy. All you need is the correct information. And I’m here to give it to you. If you want to learn more about healing whatever your specific concerns are, I’d love to help you create a healthy lifestyle plan specifically for your unique needs, so sign up for a free phone consultation and we can chat about it.
Download your free copy of my Radiant Skin Ebook now!