Herbal Remedies to Naturally Boost your Immune System
Do you feel a little tickle in your throat or looking for natural alternatives besides antibiotics to fight your oncoming cold or flu?
Here are couple of my favorite herbal remedies that pack a medicinal and natural punch:
Marshmallow Root soothes irritated throats and can reduce dry coughing and strengthen your immunity. Make your own marshmallow root cough drops with this recipe: Combine 1 tablespoon powdered marshmallow root, 1 tablespoon powdered slippery elm root, and 1 ½ teaspoons of honey until you get a paste. Scoop onto a plate or cookie sheet and refrigerate for a few hours until they harden. If you don’t have time to DIY, try a marshmallow tincture.
Chamomile is soothing and can relieve nausea and stomach cramping. This soothing herbal tea blend will calm your stomach and your mind. Simply blend these dried ingredients together: ½ cup dried chamomile, ½ cup dried hops, ½ cup dried lemon balm, ½ cup dried catnip, and ½ cup dried spearmint. Store in a jar, and then when you need it, put one heaping teaspoon in a tea ball and steep for 5 minutes in one cup of boiling water. If you don’t have time to DIY, you can find chamomile tea at most grocery stores.
Sinus Congestion: (This is my #1 recommended treatment I tell my patients)
Eucalyptus oil is known for being an anti-inflammatory and a decongestant, and the best way to get this into your sinuses is through steam. Boil a pot of water and then take off the stove. Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil, and breathe in the steam. You may want to let the water cool down a bit so that you don’t burn your face. It can also be helpful to put a towel over your head and the pot.
Elderberries are filled with bioflavonoids and flavonoids, which are powerful antioxidants, and are antiviral and antibacterial. You can take an elderberry remedy every few hours, but it is important to note that you should not eat elderberries raw as they can be poisonous! That being said, an elderberry tincture would be a great go-to!
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