This is part two of my two part blog post on what you can do and what you can take to help your immune system stay strong. Part one is full of important information with links and downloads on how you can keep calm and why that is so very important (hint: your immune system tanks if you are stuck in worry and fear). Be sure to check that part out if you haven’t.
Okay, now onto the third bullet point in this two part series…
#3 The herbs!
There are specific herbs that I want to make sure you know about. The first class are called nervines. These herbs are going to help your body and your mind to relax so that those stress hormones don’t constantly flood through your body and deplete you. You can take these as teas, tinctures, or capsules. You can also cook some of them into soups!
Nervines calm the nervous system and relax they body. Some good nervine herbs are: skullcap, passionflower, hops, chamomile, and motherwort.
Adaptogens help balance, restore and protect the body, normalizing our physiological functions and generally increasing our tolerance to stress. Some great adaptogens to add in are: astragalus, reishi mushrooms (also immuno-modulating), eleuthero, ginseng, licorice and holy basil.
Anti-microbial herbs is a general way to classify herbs that kill off viruses, bacteria, and fungus, or have some inhibitory action on all classes of microbes. Some good herbs in this class are: Elderberries!… this is actually one of the best anti-viral herbs out there, most commonly taken as a syrup. Elderberry recognizes the viruses roaming in our bodies and tags them for the immune system to find. It also inhibits viruses from penetrating into our cells. Additionally, it is loaded with polyphenols and antioxidants that work as super-nutrition for the immune system! We make this for our clients and are currently stocked up! Click the button below to order.
Other great anti-microbial herbs: Olive leaf, thyme, St. Johns Wort, andrographis, yarrow, boneset, and ginger are all good antiviral herbs to have on hand. Believe it or not licorice also has some good protective antiviral qualities! (though I’m not so sure about licorice candy :)
Turkey Tail mushrooms are one of the best anti-virals for protecting the liver and the lungs. They are also immunomodulatory and help to either stimulate or modulate the immune system’s response (working with the immune system in whatever way is most beneficial for the situation). Actually, medicinal mushrooms are functional foods and can be used every single day to support a full spectrum of bodily systems and needs. Many common mushrooms act as pre-biotics and increase the activity and effectiveness of natural killer cells and macrophages in the body.
Osha root is one of the best and strongest anti-viral herbs out there. It is anti-pathogenic, opens up the lungs, and works very well on viral overload in the body.
Any herb that helps support the respiratory track will also be helpful, such as thyme, marshmallow, elecampane, licorice, mullein, yerba santa, and yerba mansa.
We stock many raw herbs, mushrooms, teas, and tinctures as well as some products like MyCommunity by Host Defense (immune strengthening medicinal mushrooms) that come in capsules. We have recently had a run on many of our immune enhancement products but rest assured we still have key herbs and supplements to support the body in times of stress and roaming viruses, and we are tincturing more! We are also awaiting delivery soon to restock many products we ran out of.
And if you do get sick, we have options. I have secured a supply of Sam Coffman’s (The Herbal Medic) research based formula for slowing or inhibiting Corona virus replication that he used during the SARS and MERS outbreaks of the past (though he has updated the formula recently). If you would like more info on that formula just give us a call or send a text to 512-523-5711.
I want to be clear that we aren’t trying to use herbs to simply or magically erase symptoms but instead they are our partners and allies, something that can provide a helping hand as our body’s “dance” with the pathogens.
Also, I am not claiming that any single herb is effective at stopping the Coronavirus. Instead, it is by nourishing your own immune system and using these healthy strategies and others that you will have the best chance at seeing beneficial results from using herbs.
I am available for phone and online consultations so please don’t hesitate to reach out if you are trying to boost your immune system, fight off illness, or you are in need of something to help you relax or have you are inquiring about how neurofeedback can help relax a wound up nervous system. We can ship any herbs or supplements to you or you can pick them up at one of our offices.