With self-care at top of mind (and the time to commit to it), why not take this topic to the roots (no pun intended). By this, we mean its herbal roots. Used as natural remedies for hundreds of years, herbs have a special place in the beauty and wellness industries. So why not start with those that have the most powerful effect on our internal selves - herbs that support your body's ability to combat viruses.
The medicinal powers of herbs date back to 2600 BC in Babylon due to their anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant, and antifungal complexities. According to the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, spices like cloves, oregano, thyme, and cumin have great potential for treating infectious disease, because they possess antimicrobial properties. Good and bad bacteria help to determine how we feel; 80% of our immune system function resides in the digestive tract, making its role essential to our health and these benefits are sometimes right inside our pantry or daily tea. For an immune boost, try these time-tested herbs:
A member of the mint family, Oregano, is an antiviral herb that helps conquer respiratory viruses in the body. This spice has been shown to relax muscles and protect against foodborne illnesses.
Deriving from Latin root "salvere," meaning "to save," sage has healing capabilities dating back centuries. The antiviral properties found in the plants' leaves and stems have long been used to treat viral infections and improve brain function.
This "super herb" has antiviral medicinal properties linked to treating Avian influenza and HIV-1. Its potent essential oil is applied topically to relieve bug bites stings and cold sores. Lemon Balm also contains soothing qualities that reduce stress when steeped in tea.
This licorice-flavored plant boosts immune system function and decreases inflammation, which helps to combat viral infections like influenza.
Dandelions are more than just garden weeds; the flower has powerful antiviral medicinal properties. Dandelion extract has been shown to hinder the replication of dengue fever.
Powerful antiviral properties found in Licorice root extract are a staple in traditional Chinese medicine. Licorice has been used for centuries to treat RSV, and even acute respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus (SARS).
An essential antiviral herb, elderberry extract, has immunostimulant effects that heighten immune system response and reduce symptoms of viral infections, upper respiratory tract infections, and influenza.
To boot, daily herbal supplements are also a quick and easy way to boost your immune system. A TIMETOSPA fan favorite is JOU Cold N' Flu Remedy.Our immune systems are sophisticated toolboxes always defending our house from invading pathogens, like viruses, toxins and bacteria. A healthy and balanced diet, rest and exercise, along with vitamins and herbs are some of the most important ways to keep your immune system in tip-top shape.