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!
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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.”