As someone who supports natural health in all areas of her life, herbal supplements are also something I support greatly. It infuriates me a little that we’re told to consume prescription drugs and to avoid herbal supplements for interactions with those drugs. Shouldn’t it be the other way around? Anyway! This cold and flu season, try some of my favorite natural herbal supplements that come from foods, leaves, roots and flowers. They are nature’s gift to us for healing, wellness and to prevent those nasty colds, viruses and bacterial infections that thrive in cold temperatures. These herbal supplements can be bought online, or at any health food store.
Chaga mushrooms are the number one cancer fighting herbal supplements of all supplements and herbal medicines known to man. It is the king of medicinal mushrooms because it contains more anti-tumor compounds of any herb known to man. It is also the second highest food to cacao in antioxidant content, making it a wonderful food to add to your diet to keep away free radicals that cause illness. You can buy it in pill, powder or tea form. It is said to have a strong smokey taste, similar to coffee.
This Chinese herb is used above all other natural herbs in China to fight disease and enhance the immune system. Gynostemma can be bought as a tea or tonic, and can fight away disease, illness and even be a great anti-aging herb as well.
This root is also known as an adaptogen because it helps the body heal from stress. It is used to improve your immunity since it fights all form of illness and stress in the body. It can also improve your lung function, improve your digestive function, and increase your metabolism as a bonus. You can buy it in many teas, green powders and as a pill.
This berry that is commonly sold as a superfood is actually my favorite for fighting off a cold. I mix a teaspoon of the sweet, tart powder in almond milk three times a day and drink it over ice when I feel a cold coming on. Usually in 2 days, my symptoms are complete gone. Camu camu is the strongest source of Vitamin C in the world. It also repairs connective tissue, tastes amazing, and is a powerful antioxidant to fight aging, disease and illness.
This was a new discovery I made recently, and one definitely worth mentioning to you. Cold Snap is a mega-mixture of herbs from Chinese medicine. It is used to strengthen the body, enhance immunity and give you strength, energy and balance. It contains 20 Chinese herbs, which include forsythia, ginger,Japanese honeysuckle, and burdock, just to name a few. Cold Snap cleanses and detoxes the organs, lymphatic system, and the digestive tract to eliminate toxins, and helps the body heal. It also nourishes the blood and enhances your “chi” or energy. It also helps fight unhealthy bacteria, germs and relieves and prevents stress, sickness, chills, fever and nausea. You can purchase it online through various retailers and in some stores nationwide.
Echinacea has been used for centuries for aiding immune health. It found it’s way to America after being used by the Indians and homeopathic doctors in Europe before being brought to America. It comes from the purple coneflower, and is very nice to smell as well and is used in potpourri in many home products. Yet, the best way to use it is for your immune system as a tea, or in a pill form. It prevents and treats wounds, infections, cold and flu viruses, allergies and even the terrible and dreaded strep throat. You can also buy it as a lozenge as well, and it is even found in many green superfood powders due to its ability to strengthen white blood cells. This helps to detox the body, provide antioxidant content and prevent illness on all levels.
This is one incredibly tasty herbal supplement to fight disease and one that is serious business ladies! Elderberry is also known as Sambucus. It is sold here in powder form in the U.S., or as a pill or tea. It is also found in many mixed superfood powders. Elderberries are blackish blue colored berries that taste very similar to acai and blueberries. It contains the same antioxidants as acai and blueberries known as anthocyanins, which contribute to its dark purplish color. It helps alleviate colds and the flu in a very short amount of time and helps the body use its own defenses to produce cytokines. Cytokines are our natural anti-inflammatory molecules that are usually harmed and weakened during times of illness. You have probably heard of elderberries and didn’t even know it, since it is sold as the popular over the counter cold remedy known as Sambucol, which contains elderberry extract. I like it in a powder form and order it online from Madre Labs. It tastes amazing and is incredible in a smoothie. Combine this with camu camu powder for a one-two punch that will rush any cold you have right out of the water!
Do you take herbal supplements when you feel a cold coming on? What’s your favorite one?
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