To have a strong and healthy immune system is so important for your health. It fights viruses, bacteria and parasites that is or comes into your body. The immune system is in many parts in your body: the lymph system, intestines, bone marrow to name a few parts.
There are many ways to strengthen and keeping your immune system healthy. One way is to do it with nutrition and medicinal plants. Here are my three favorite drinks I use to strengthen my immune system.
Chaga is a mushroom that grows on trees (mostly birch trees). It is considered to be a medicinal plant in Asia and had a lot of good health qualities:
Chaga is good for:
In studies it has been shown to help people with cancer and psoriasis.
You´ll find the chaga tea in health stores (or on birches).
How you cook:
You can consume chaga in different ways, but my favorite is to drink it as tea.
Normally you cook the chaga for about 30-60 minutes, strain and drink. You can cook pieces of chaga or powder.
You can re-use the mushroom and cook it until the water is lighter.
Pau d’Arco is another medicinal plant that you can make tea of.
It is the inner bark of a tree that grows in South America.
It helps to
You´ll find it in health stores.
Take 1½ tbsp in ½ liter of water (17 oz). Boil slowly in 15 minutes.
Strain and drink.
I use double doze when I feel a cold coming.
Ginger- & turmericshot
Another favorite immune boosting drink I have is Ginger- & turmeric shot.
Ginger is an ancient spice with a lot of benefits. It works anti inflammatory, good when you have a cold coming, menstrual cramps, nausea etc.
Turmeric is an ancient root with a lot of healing properties:
Lemon is a ntarual sourcs of vitamin c that is important for your immune system.
Honey also helps to boost the immune system. remember to buy a good quality.
In turmeric it is curcumin that is the key ingredient for healing properties.
Here is a recipe:
- 200 g fresh ginger
- 50 g fresh turmeric
- Pinch of black pepper (helps to absorb the curcumin)
- 1 liter (2 pt) of water
- ¼ C cup honey (or Stevia if you prefer)
- 2 pressed lemons
Grate the ginger o turmeric (use gloves so you don´t get yellow).
Place it in a pot with water. Add the black pepper. Heat to 60 C (140 F) and hold the temperature for 20- 30 minutes.
Strain and let cool to 40 C (104 F), pour in the honey and stir. When the drink is lukewarm squeeze in lemons. Pour in the glass bottle and store in refrigerator.
Take 20 ml morning and during cold periods or ongoing inflammation, take morning and evening.
Store in the fridge for about 1 month
What is your favorite immune system boosting treatment? Please share in the comments!
When I started this website 2012 my purpose was to share my knowledge with women around the world. I have endometriosis and got rid of most of my pain with yoga, food and other lifestyle changes. Since I´m extremely bad at making up names I called the website "Yoga for endometriosis" and my URL www.endoyoga.com. I was thinking it would be easier for people to find my website with that name. But in the last two years or so I´ve not felt so good with this name. I think it is because it constantly reminds me I´m ill. So I started to figure out a new name. At first I was hesitant. It´s a big thing to change name. Many knows me under this name by now.
Always always follow your heart
But if it is one thing I´ve learned over the years and especially the last year, it is to follow my heart. No matter what. That can be extremely scary. To listen to what your higher self, subconscious mind tells you to do is not always easy. But if you want to stay in your own power, do what you love the most and if you want to grow, this is so important.
I also had some followers who had pointed out to me to change the name. As yoga teachers we say that our students are ours best teachers. Yes, you teach me things as well! So this made me even more clear on changing the name.
So I listened to my inner voice and followers. Made a decision to change the name. I believe the power of words are very important. What you think or say affects you from within. So working with a website with a name that makes you feel uncomfortable is not an option. It has to change.
My boyfriend, who is my biggest support in everything I do, thought I would keep the URL www.endoyoga.com. It´s a good name, short and easy to remember. I was hesitant at first. Endo is a short name for endometriosis and I didn´t want that name. But when he said what it means in Greek things changed.
Endo means: within, inner, absorbing, or containing.
Yoga means: union.
So endoyga can be translated to union within, which I found beautiful. I interpret it as healing from within or that your soul is meeting your higher self and is united with help from yoga. I could probably go on and on in different meanings. So I decided to keep the URL and when I did that, the name of the website finally came (after two years of trying to figure it out).
Healing from within with yoga & food.
This is what it is about. To heal from within. This is what yoga does and this is what food does. And both yoga and food have been my biggest help in my health.
So is everything going to change now on the website?
Actually not so much is changing. It´s just that the name will be more accurate when it comes to the content on my website. I know some readers have been a little confused by my blogs and videos, as they not only are about the pelvis. My belief is that we are so complex. Both physically and yogically. It´s more than an illness in the pelvis when you have endometriosis or other pelvic pain. It has to do with immune system, digestion, inflammation, stress and more and very often you can also have other symptoms that is not pelvic pain. For example back pain, anxiety, headaches etc. So basically what I write about and do videos about is the problems I have (or had) myself and what I hear many of you have.
When it comes to the yogic part, it is about energy and your chakras. You need to balance your chakras with good kriyas (yoga sets), breathing exercises and meditations. It´s deep stuff. It is about transformation. It is about healing from within.
With that said: No nothing is going to change. I´ll still write about and share my knowledge with you as before. Things that will help with different problems: endometriosis, pcos, pelvic pain, lower back pain, headaches, digestion, tiredness, stress, anxiety and personal/spiritual growth (just some examples). Just as before. I´ll try to give more inspiration when it comes to food though. More recipes and tips.
A FREE yoga program as a celebration!
As this website is having a makeover at the same time and a new name I want to celebrate! I want to give you a very important yoga program for FREE. It is a yoga program that is called Starter package 2 in Sweden. It is a kriya, a yoga set, that is used a lot in Mediyoga (the yoga form I teach).
This yoga program helps you to get more flexible and have less pain in hips, pelvis, lower back and shoulders. Your stress will decrease and you will get more balanced and empowered. But to know how you will feel, the best is to try it!
Three videos in three different lengths (depending how much time you have) and they are downloadable. You´ll also get pdfs with yoga basics and yoga instructions.
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Helen Kåselöv is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist and the founder of Healing from within with yoga & food (former Yoga for Endometriosis & Pelvic pain). Helen has a history of severe endometriosis and is today helping women with endometriosis, PCOS, uterine fibroids and other pelvic pain online, with yoga, nutrition and other lifestyle changes. Using yoga both as a tool in different kinds of healing programs, pain management, yoga has become the foundation in her work. “Yoga can help you in so many ways: Physically, mentally, spiritually and as a personal development tool.”