Boost Your Immune System with Herbs

It may be hard to believe that centuries ago people made remedies to boost the immune system without the knowledge that we take for granted today. We now know so much more about the immune system than the information which was being circulated in olden days. As much as the old herbalists may not have understood the immune system, they did know that certain herbs made the body more resistant to disease.

The immune system is and always has been a delicate system. Maintaining and preserving this important system is something concerns each and every one of us. The immune system has many different forms of defences to protect you from bacteria and diseases which are always floating through the air. Not only are your skin, lungs and digestive tract a form of defence but the way your body reacts to certain diseases are also part of defence and healing. You will experience a fever when your immune system is reacting to an infection and any bacteria your body before has defeated previously can be defeated quicker the second time around as your immune system keeps track of every intruder into your body.

There are many different reasons you may wish to boost your immunity. Perhaps you are one of those people who always catches a cold. Maybe you have had surgery and wish to help your body get on top of the healing process. You may also prepare your body prior to an operation to help speed up healing afterwards. Or maybe you are suffering a long term illness that is taking its toll on your general wellness. Whatever the reason, there are immune boosting foods and herbs that apply to your situation.

Your body and immune system respond to certain foods and certain herbs. During the winter months when colds become more common many people search for ways to boost their immune system which will in turn make them less susceptible for colds and flues during this season. If you are looking for natural ways to boost your immune system you may want to consider adding the following to your diet –

  • Papaya/PawPaw
  • Garlic
  • Blackberry
  • Apples
  • Carrots
  • Shitake Mushrooms
  • Lemon
  • Grapefruits
  • Green Tea
  • Red Wine (in moderation)

These are just a few examples of the types of food which have been tested and proved to be immune system boosters for many people. Of course each person’s immune system is different and therefore it will respond differently to different foods.

Types of herbs that are used to boost immune systems include:

  • Echinacea
  • Astragalus
  • Ginseng
  • Pau D’arco
  • Garlic

Most people prefer to take their immune boosting remedies as a tea, although I dont imagine that a Garlic tea is all that yummy. You will notice that many Asian and South American herbs are now available in Australia (e.g. Astragalus & Pau D’arco). Wolfberries (Goji Berries) are now also quite commonly promoted as immune boosters. These little berries are antioxidant powerhouses which are available just about anywhere.

Although it was once thought that your immune system was either good or bad, these days you can have an active influence on your immune system instead of just settling for good or bad. You can live a healthier lifestyle, feel the difference in your energy levels and well being in seasons where colds are generous. These natural remedies are safe for anyone to try, no matter what age, this is one of the many benefits of herbal remedies. Their natural base not only encourages healing but it also ensures easy digestion.

Take control of your immune system today and give it that extra boost with culinary and medicinal herbs.