The immune system has to work extra hard in the winter months. Common colds, the flu, and allergens are in the air and being passed around everywhere. To avoid getting sick this winter, there are things you can do to keep yourself healthy, and your immune system strong. Turn to these herbal remedies so that sickness doesn’t take you down.
While there are many foods and herbs that can boost your immune system, we are recommending two powerful herbs that have been used for healing for many years.
Echinacea is an amazing herb, which has antimicrobial properties, and it is great for the immune system. All varieties of the Echinacea herb have phenol compounds. At a base level, phenols protect plants from UV radiation damage and infections. The active substances in phenols control enzymes and cell receptors, and their active antioxidants make them great for keeping human cells healthy.
When it comes to the amount of Echinacea you should have, it depends on what form you are using. 6-9ml of Echinacea extract is a great daily average to consume. Certain extracts have their own instructions, but drinking a 6-8oz cup of Echinacea tea 4 times a day is a pretty good amount. This herb appears to be most effective if you take it as soon as you notice symptoms.
Astragalus has been a popular herb in Chinese medicine because of its warming properties. It is great for cleansing your lungs and keeping them healthy. Additionally, it is great for people who have recurring infections because it strengthens the immune system to better protect the body against pathogens.
The standard daily dose of astragalus root extract is 30g. Most extract bottles will have directions for use on the label. If you manage to get your hands on fresh astragalus herb, you can brew it into a tea.