With cold and flu season approaching, we all need to give some extra attention to our immune system, which battles behind the scenes to fight off all sorts of problems and infections to keep us healthy.
Here are 6 spices and herbs that can give you that extra boost!
is a herb native to the Americas, renowned for its healing and immune
boosting properties. The chief benefit of echinacea is that it makes our
own immune system more efficient in eradicating bacteria and viruses,
which therefore shortens the duration of colds and flus.
Echinacea is usually taken at the first sign of these illnesses.
Ginseng is one of the most well-known and widely used herbal remedies
in the world. Many people take ginseng regularly to improve physical
and mental performance under stress, and to promote overall well-being.
Research has shown that ginseng can also boost the immune system and
prevent certain infections, as well as decrease the duration of the
This is definitely one of the first herbs you should turn to when
there’s something going around at work, or when you’re feeling a bit
under the weather.
This powerful and pungent spice has been used for centuries to boost
the immune system and ward off all kinds of invaders—including vampires.
In laboratory tests, researchers have witnessed garlic combat bacteria,
viruses and fungi.
Garlic is most effective raw, but have no fear: simply chewing on a
sprig of parsley or fresh mint leaves after you eat it will nix the bad
Ginger is a great tool for naturally boosting the immune system, as
this herb is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial in nature. It’s also
been shown to inhibit cancer cell formation while instigating the body’s
own cancer fighting response.
We’ve been hearing a lot of the health benefits and anti-inflammatory
properties of turmeric, and it turns out it’s also an extremely
effective immune system booster. Turmeric not only fights off illnesses,
it actually helps prevent them.
This delicious spice has been shown to exert pro-immune activity in
all of the following cases: autoimmune diseases including Alzheimer’s
disease, multiple sclerosis, cardiovascular disease, diabetes,
allergies, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and
That’s powerful stuff!
As an immune booster, oregano oil may be unparalleled. It’s high in
antioxidants, and also contains powerful antimicrobial properties that
can help fight colds and coughs, improve digestion, and support your
respiratory system. It’s been proven to be effective against 25
different strains of bacteria, and it’s also been shown to fight against
yeast and fungal infections.
As with any essential oil, always dilute oil of oregano before taking it, and make sure you have a high-quality, food-grade oil.
Although these herbs and spices can absolutely help your immune
system when you’re coming down with something or when you need an extra
boost, don’t wait until you’re feeling sick to take care of yourself!
The best ways to support your immune system on a daily basis are to eat a
healthy diet, exercise, get enough sleep and manage your stress levels.
-The Alternative Daily