Your Immune System was Already Compromised.
The flu, or influenza, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus. It is usually spread through coughing, sneezing, or direct contact with an infected person. Symptoms of the flu can include fever, chills, sore throat, body aches, and fatigue. You can help prevent the spread of the flu by washing your hands regularly, avoiding close contact with sick people, and staying home when you're feeling ill.
If you catch a cold or the flu be mindful that these illness' tend to weaken an already compromised immune system and that fact alone can cause a minor cold to develop into something major like the flu or pneumonia. One of the main reasons an immune system can be compromised is the lack of nutrients in food today. This is why supplementing can be an important addition to you and your families diet.
Even the most mindful and healthy food eating humans need to supplement with herbs in 2023. Approximately, 92 percent of the population is suffering from at least one mineral or vitamin deficiency based on the Dietary Reference Intakes.
Herbs to help Fortify Your Body to Fight Colds.
There is evidence that this herb can be used as an antiviral which is important for preventing colds and the flu. Its ability to boost white blood cells that help to fight infection has caused this herb to gain even more traction in the health and wellness world.
I like to use this herb to help my clients with upper respiratory infections, diabetes support, and liver support. Astragalus engages and strengthens the immune system so people who suffer with auto-immune should take this herb with caution and speak with your health care provider first.
Ways to use Astragalus
powdered in smoothies
skin creams and salves
Oregon Grape Root
Oregon grape root is a great herbal remedy for many ailments. It has been used for centuries for its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, and can be taken as a tea, extract, tincture, or capsule. This herb offers liver protection and has antibiotic properties as well; it can be used to help cleanse the blood and fight infection. You can find Oregon grape root at many health food stores or online retailers.
Ways to use Oregon Grape Root
Green tea is extremely high in antioxidants. Antioxidants help to get rid of the bad bacteria and free radicals in the body that can lead to illness. Chest congestion and coughing are significantly reduced with utilizing green tea as a cold remedy. Green tea is rich in minerals and can encourage healing in the body from cold and flu; this tea also engages and stimulates the immune system to function properly. One cup first thing in the morning every day is a great way to prevent cold and flu. I really enjoy a good cup of jasmine!
Ways to use Green Tea
Try this easy at-home remedy to have on hand that can help soothe symptoms associated with cold and flu:
½ Pint Mason Jar
Add everything to your jar and cover with honey and store in fridge this concoction is ready for used in 3 days. Use as a sweetener for hot tea, add to hot toddy's, or eat 2 spoonfuls straight from the jar. This remedy can help soothe a sore throat, reduce a fever, help with detoxifying the body during illness, and engage and boost the immune system. Happy Herbing!