Modern science and medicine have given us so much in the past 50 years, and we should definitely be thankful. Yet, a lot of people don’t know that before all the medications and visiting clinics, people used plants to get better and improve their immune system. Healers prepared potions and essences that were used to treat then-difficult diseases such as tuberculosis and scarlet fever. Even though these diseases are pretty much gone, and modern medicine has different solutions to treating ill people, plants are still considered the holy grail, but now mostly in the cosmetic industry. Yet, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t consider adding them to your routine, especially if you want to boost your immune system.
In case you’re unfamiliar with herbs in general, here are some that will help you feel better and improve your health:
This plant is great if you’re suffering from sleeping difficulties or you’re dealing with stressful situations. Now, stress is often the cause of many diseases, since it creates harmful hormones that have a negative impact on one’s immune system. Therefore, it’s important to consume stress-lowering herbs such as valerian. In case you have trouble sleeping, make yourself a soothing valerian tea. It might not have the best taste, but it’ll certainly help you relax and drift off to a peaceful sleep. Just remember to take it a few hours before your regular bedtime, so there will be enough time for tea to do its magic.
Also known as purple cornflower, this plant has been used for centuries by Native Americans, and in the 19th century, it became more popular among the rest of the North American population. The reason why this plant is so effective is the fact that Echinacea supports a strong and healthy immune system at the onset. All parts of Echinacea are useful in various ways, which is why they’re used together. Just remember that echinacea is well-tolerated for short-term use, so if you plan to use it for longer, make sure to talk to your doctor, or at least monitor your health, just to be sure that you’re safe.
Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae that is often taken as a dietary supplement. But, due to its amazing properties, it is also found in a lot of cosmetic products. This plant has proteins, calcium, magnesium, and many other beneficial ingredients. Due to its anti-oxidant properties and low-calorie count, it can be used as a weight-loss supplement. Besides, since it is packed with useful ingredients, just a tablespoon of spirulina a day can boost your immune system effectively, and due to a lot of rich and healthy ingredients, it can be a helpful aid for recovery from illnesses and during exercise.
Aside from being used as an aromatic spice, cinnamon is also helpful in preventing infections and stimulating immune system activity. According to some research, cinnamon can also help to prevent blood thrombocytes by stopping the release of inflammatory fatty acids. Additionally, it can as well help regulate blood sugar, or reduce pain. Its antioxidant benefits make cinnamon great spice in your cuisine, so you can use it as a coffee sweetener or simply eat it with your morning oatmeal.
Also known as curcumin, this bright yellow root is a powerful antioxidant that can protect the liver from toxins and some research suggest that it is also beneficial when it comes to delaying Alzheimer’s disease, and pain and inflammation connected to rheumatoid arthritis.
Furthermore, it is believed that it can even prevent cancers which makes it a popular choice for those who wish to protect and strengthen their immune system. Also, the main ingredient of turmeric, known as curcumin can help improve brain function and therefore, delay some brain disease related to old age.
These superherbs can be great if you want to better your health without resorting to taking medicines. The plants can be taken throughout the day, but some are definitely more beneficial in the morning or vice versa. Still, it wouldn’t be bad to consult your physician especially if you’re suffering from allergies, just to make sure that everything’s fine. Using herbs can improve your immune system and brain function, balance your hormones and thus, make you feel better and more productive.