We’ve all got to drink our eight glasses of water a day, so why not spike our h2o with functional herbs that’ll strengthen and comfort us too? This recipe for an immune-boosting herbal infusion is perfect for the season and comes to us from holistic nutritionist, Kristin Dahl. Make an infusion like this one in a giant jar and tweak til you find your own personal favorite combination…
The body’s immune system naturally defends against disease-causing microorganisms. However, when we are run down and working too much or too hard, our immunity does not function at optimal levels. Stress is one of the top factors that creates cellular inflammation and lowers our immunity and ability to defend against foreign invaders. When our systems become overburdened, foreign invaders eventually take over and make us sick.
A hardy immune system can be maintained by a balanced diet, proper sleep, plenty of water and regular exercise. Taking preventative steps to boost our immune system keeps inflammation at bay and stops illness from taking hold.
Incorporating herbs into our daily meals is a powerful way to kick our immunity into high gear. All herbs contain an array of healing properties that work to support cleansing while deeply nourishing the body. Herbal infusions are a potent source of vitamins, minerals and plant constituents that help to rebuild our cells while simultaneously boosting immunity. Incorporating a variety of herbs into our daily meals adds a boost of nutrition, while infusions act as a potent and concentrated therapeutic antidote.
Make your own herbal infusion by combining one part each of the herbs below. Play around with potency and add more of the herbs you feel drawn to. Two to three cups of this herbal combination will support immunity and help to alleviate and reduce pre-existing flu symptoms.
HERBS FOR IMMUNITY
ECHINACEA: This is a great all around immunity herb because it targets bacterial, viral and fungal infections. Echinacea stimulates white blood cells and the lymphatic system.
ROSE HIPS: Add rose hips to your infusion for a tangy, citrusy flavor. Rose hips are high in vitamin C.
ORANGE PEEL: Orange peel is high in vitamins A and C, and acts as an anti-inflammatory to increase blood circulation. Orange peel also helps with lung health by acting as a natural antihistamine and expelling congestion from the lungs.
PEPPERMINT: Peppermint is a great tea to drink when you are suffering from a cold or flu because of its high levels of calcium, vitamin B and potassium. These are all great nutrients that will boost the immune system. Also menthol, the mint found within peppermint, is a natural decongestant that will help break down phlegm and restrict bacterial and fungal growth.
CALENDULA FLOWER: Calendula is a popular herb for stimulating the immune system and for preventing infection as it has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Calendula is often used for healing and soothing wounds.
RED CLOVER: Red clover contains resin, a substance helpful to the respiratory system. Resin is often used to treat congestion and coughs due to its antimicrobial properties.
GREEN TEA: Green tea* contains an antioxidant called catechin, which is a tumor-fighting agent that prevents the growth of cancerous tumors. This antioxidant also supports the immune system by protecting it against damaging free radicals and cancer causing carcinogens. *Optional – contains caffeine.
How To Make An Herbal Immunity Infusion
Mix 6 Tbsp of dried herbs into a large Mason jar. Cover completely with boiling water, stir with a wooden spoon and add water until full. Place lid on, and let sit for 4-8 hours for leaves or hardy flowers, and 8 hours for roots. Strain and refrigerate. Infusion are most potent for 48 hours, stored in the refrigerator.
Tip: Make your infusion in the evening and then strain it in the morning, or steep half the amount for a quick 20-minute immunity tea.
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