Herbal Immune Boosters
If your like me you are trying to find ways to stay healthy and boost your immune system during this time of Covid-19. I for one am a lover of natural remedies. I am going to share with you some natural ways you can boost your immune system.
Getting Back to Your Roots!
Garlic, astragalus, milk thistle, angelica root, green tea, black cumin, and licorice are just a few herbs that have been reported to have immune boosting benefits. Astragalus, a prominent herb in Chinese medicine, contains anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Studies on astragalus suggest that the root can boost resistance to infection and regulate the body’s immune responses. Similarly, angelica root has been shown to modulate the immune system and treat respiratory ailments and cold symptoms. Ginger and honey are both powerful antioxidants that contain anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Honey activates the immune system’s response to infection and prevents cell proliferation. Similarly, ginger also has anti-inflammatory effects, even pro-biotics can be beneficial. Pro-biotics are goof strains of bacteria that have also been described as immune boosters. Here is a little recipe you can make at home.
Recipe for immune-boosting bitters
1 tbsp. honey
1 oz. dried astragalus root
1 oz. dried angelica root
1/2 oz. dried chamomile
1 tsp. dried ginger
1 tsp. dried orange peel
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp. cardamom seeds
10 oz. alcohol (recommended: 100 proof vodka)
Dissolve the honey in 2 teaspoons of boiling water. Let cool.
Combine the honey and the next 7 ingredients in a mason jar and pour alcohol on top.
Seal tightly and store the bitters in a cool, dark place.
Let the bitters infuse until the desired strength is reached, about 2-4 weeks. Shake the jars regularly (about once per day).
When ready, strain the bitters through a muslin cheesecloth or coffee filter. Store the strained bitters in an airtight container at room temperature.
To use: Mix this tonic into hot tea or take a few drops as is first thing when you wake up for protection during cold and flu season.
Consume bitters for an immune system boost. This healthy tonic is crafted from astragalus root, ginger, angelica root, and honey — all ingredients proven to support immune system function. If your pregnant or may be pregnant you should not take bitters.