Things are a bit scary right now - we're all worrying about how to sanitize and protect ourselves from illness; however, I think its equally as important to make boosting our immune system a priority so that IF we do get sick, we will be able to fight it quickly, and effectively.
Below are 5 of my favorite immunity boosting herbs that I've made a priority to nourish my family with to help keep us healthy. This is in no way a comprehensive list of all the best immune boosting herbs available to us. I simply wanted to include highly effective herbs, that most of us have in our homes or gardens and are readily available to us. Enjoy, and be well!
This powerhouse of an herb is a one-stop-shop for boosting the immune system. Thyme contains properties that are antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant, and antispasmodic. All of that means: if you're trying not to get sick, or get over an illness, meet your new best friend.
Thyme is not only a great protector of our immune systems, it's also delicious and incredibly vers
atile. Add the fresh or dried herb (whole or minced) to soups, salads, or any meat dish.
Bonus Tip: Make a tea with it by adding fresh sprigs of thyme (or a teaspoon of dried thyme in a tea ball) to hot water and let it steep for 5-10 minutes. Sip the tea (add honey if desired), or gargle with it to help fight a sore throat.
Rosemary is as lovely of an herb as her name suggests. Highly fragrant, rosemary is great fo
r not only eating but for aromatic benefits as well. Rosemary is antibacterial, a circulatory stimulant, and a nervine - meaning it relaxes the nervous system. Not only is the herb spectacular for keeping us healthy, it helps to keep us calm as well.
I often say: where the mind goes, the body follows. We must make relieving stress, tension, and fear part of how we care for ourselves if we hope to maintain good health. Rosemary is a wonderful ally for that work.
As with thyme and the other herbs mentioned below, add rosemary to your soups, and main courses. I also love to mince rosemary and add it to breakfast potatoes. Making a tea with thyme and rosemary is one of my favorite immunity boosting techniques.