- Alternative & Natural Medicine
Best Herbs for your Immune System
Are you sick of being sick?
Everyone needs an immune boost every once in awhile, but not everyone wants to go to the doctor and get a anti-biotic or take over the counter medications. In this evolving world, one thing stays constant and that's herbs and their powers in aiding your health.
These are the top 5 herbs that will improve your immune system and help you get better quicker!
Oil of Oregano
Oil of Oregano is a great at helping to fight infections since it contains a compound called carvacrol. Carvacrol has the ability to break through cell membranes and kill off growing bacteria. Oil of Oregeno has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that will help to boost your immune system. Adding a few drops to a bit of water, 2-3 times a day, is a great way to fight off a cold or even soothe a sore throat.
Echinacea has traditionally been used for over 400 years in different parts of the world to help combat sickness and diseases. People commonly have used this herb to reduce the length of a cold or the flu. There have been several studies that have shown that taking echinacea at the beginning of a cold can help you fight the disease and help you to get better, faster. It can be taken in tincture form, tea form, or in capsules.
Goldenseal is has been used in traditonal medicine as a herbal anti-biotic and immune enhancer. It targets the mucous membranes, therefore, it is usually used to treat the common cold, stuffy noses and other upper-respiratory infections. Goldenseal has also been studied to show it's ability to protect against the E.Coli virus by preventing it form sticking to cell walls.
Olive Leaf contains a compound known as oleuropein. This compound has been studied for its ability to keep the olive tree disease resistant. Oleuropein has also been shown to stop the growth of bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. People who are susceptible to colds and have used olive leaf extract regularly have seen improvements in the strength of the immune system and reduction of the amount of colds experienced.
Thyme is used as an expectorant, meaning that is it used to thin mucus, which allows you to cough it out easier. This often causes you to rid of the disease quicker. Because of this, thyme is used in upper respiratory infections such as bronchitis and whooping cough. It can be used as a tea to help relieve sore throats and reduce coughing.