June 07, 2022
Author: Joseph McGuinness, BHSc Naturopathy
Have you fallen ill already this winter? or perhaps feeling like your immune system is a bit run down? Maybe you’re experiencing some post-viral symptoms where as you feel you are just not back at the top of your game yet!
By being prepared for the winter and having a few things on hand to support your immune system you can make a huge difference to just how many tissues you might need to use (if any) and just how fast and completely you recover.
Dealing with the symptoms of the seasonal flu is one of the most frequent complaints clients have, or that they just haven’t felt the same since their last illness, usually suffering the same symptoms of lethargy and mild ongoing sinus or chest infections. So here are some tips that might help you shake that cough, get you back in your game, or prevent you falling sick this winter.
There are three things to think about when it comes to the flu season; ‘Preventative’ – things that can reduce your chances of becoming sick; ‘Palliative’ – things that can be used to treat the symptoms and aid recovery, and finally; ‘Post-infection’things to aid recovery and reduce any secondary infection. I like to have a few remedies on hand for each. Some herbs and nutrients that can be used in all three situations include Elderberry, Astragalus, Reishi, Vitamin C & Zinc. Others such as Elderflowers, Thyme or Ivy, Marshmallow or Mullein, Feverfew, Echinacea and the various types of Ginseng having more specific uses for alleviating symptoms.
Below I’ve listed 4 herbs that you can have on hand that can provide Preventative, Palliative and Post-infection care, that will provide a nice addition to the home dispensary and help support you and your family this winter.
4 Herbs for Every Household
There are many other herbs and nutrients that can support our immune system throughout the flu season. Our body is whole system and the function of each organ effects the other. Other things that play a big role in our immune health is our gut health and our nervous system, having ways to manage your stress and your gut health is an integral part of managing your immune system.