Best immune boosters
Date Posted:5 April 2020
The season is upon us. The change of weather and cooler climate sees many of us suffering at the hands of virus and bacteria. If you are unlikely enough to be feeling unwell, using immune boosters may help you to recover quicker. If you’re well, now is a good time to start boosting your immune system to keep you healthy.
Chaga mushrooms grow on birch trees native to Northern Europe and have been used medicinally for hundreds of years as an immune tonic and health elixir. Chaga mushrooms work by stimulating white blood cells which are used for fighting off pathogenic bacteria and harmful viruses. Chaga mushroom powder or chaga mushroom tea is also beneficial for reducing long term inflammation, which is a known contributing factor to chronic disease and lowered immune system function.
Is there anything vitamin C can’t do? This essential vitamin plays a huge role in human physiology, and since we can’t make it and we can’t store it, to keep cellular levels up we need to be consuming organic vitamin C often throughout the day. Vitamin C is needed to form our skin and mucous membranes, the body’s first line of defence. It is also used in regulating the immune cells in order to defend and attack harmful bugs and virus, making vitamin C is an essential nutrient for normal immune system function. Vitamin C is found is most fruits and vegetables, but it is highly concentrated in organic superfood powders such baobab, camu camu, acerola and also in the healthy oil, sea buckthorn. Boosting your diet with vitamin C charged supplements throughout the day keeps your cells saturated, so your immune system can work at its best.
Aromatherapy is both a beneficial and beautiful way to boost your immune system. While the uplifting aromas of organic essential oils are lovely to smell, some have specific antibacterial and antiviral properties which are effective at reducing and preventing bacteria, fungus and viruses. Essential oils can also help to stimulate the immune system by increasing the circulation of blood and lymph, helping to clear the body of unwanted bacteria and virus.
Our top picks for immune boosting essential oils:
- Lemon: effective against influenza virus, E. coli and some Staphylococcus strains
- Eucalyptus: helpful in clearing sinus and chest congestion. Also effective against the common flu, E. coli, Candida albicans and Staph strains
- Tea Tree: good antiseptic qualities, effective against common bacteria including some strains of Salmonella, E.coli and some strains of Staph
- Rosemary: good for respiratory illness and beneficial for clearing sinuses. Useful in treating fungal and bacterial infections with mild anti-viral properties
Sipping on herbal teas through the cooler months is just what the body needs to boost immunity and bare the cold. Herbs like elderflower and echinacea are well known immune boosters and are beneficial at preventing and reducing the length of the common cold virus. Combining these with vitamin C containing herbs such as rose hip and elder berry gives you a little cup of wellness with a delicious flavour.