Boost Your Immunity: Best Immune Tinctures for Cold and Flu Season
October 12, 2023
As the leaves change color and the air grows crisp, we welcome the beauty of fall. Unfortunately this is also the season when colds and flus tend to make their unwelcome return. But fear not, for there are many natural ways to bolster your immune system and defend against these common seasonal ailments. In this blog, we'll explore the power of antiviral herbs and some of our best immune tinctures that can help you navigate this cold and flu season.
Before delving into the world of immune-boosting herbs, let's define what antivirals are and why they matter. Antivirals are substances that inhibit the growth and replication of viruses in the body. They help your immune system fight off viral infections, helping to reduce the severity and duration of illnesses. While antiviral medications exist, nature provides us with a wealth of antiviral herbs that have been used for centuries to support our immune systems.
The Power of Antiviral Herbs
Many herbs possess antiviral properties, making them valuable allies during cold and flu season. Here are some of our favourite options:
Lemon Balm: Known for its calming and uplifting properties, lemon balm also shows antiviral action, making it a soothing choice to combat viral infections. This herb is especially helpful for combating viral infections associated with cold sores.
Echinacea: This popular herb is renowned for its immune-boosting properties. Echinacea can help strengthen your defenses and reduce the severity of colds.
Elderberry: Elderberry is packed with antioxidants and has been traditionally used to fend off cold and flu viruses. Elderberry is especially helpful preventatively as it can help to strengthen your cells, making them less susceptible to viral infection.
Holy basil: This adaptogenic herb can enhance overall vitality and resilience, making it a fantastic choice to support your immune system. It also demonstrates anti-viral activity, making it a great adjunct to our immune boosting herbs.
Andrographis: While less well-known compared to other antiviral herbs, Andrographis works wonders for fighting off viral infections. It has a long history of traditional use for managing acute infections.
Immune tincture choices
To harness the power of these herbs, consider using our specially formulated tinctures. Here are some of our blends that can help you stay strong and healthy during cold and flu season:
Immunity Tincture: A well-rounded blend of adaptogens and immune-boosting herbs, this formula is perfect for building your resilience to stressors and preventing illness throughout the season. This blend is best taken preventatively before an illness, or to support recovery after the acute stage of illness is over.
Cold and Flu Acute Tincture: Designed to provide immediate support when you feel the onset of a cold or flu, this immune tincture can help shorten the duration of your illness. This is our go-to for viral infections (cold and flus), as it boosts the immune system and helps move lymph to support our body’s natural defenses. Start taking this blend at the first signs of illness to reduce the severity and duration of infections.
Cold Buster Tea:
Don't forget to enjoy a comforting cup of herbal tea with ingredients such as ginger, echinacea, and elderberry. This blend is ideal for warming your body and battling seasonal illnesses. This delicious tea blend can be taken both preventatively and during acute illness to support your immune system.
Seeking Professional Guidance
The fall season need not be a time of constant sniffling and sneezing. With the help of antiviral herbs and immune-boosting blends, you can fortify your body’s natural defenses and embrace the beauty of autumn with confidence. Don't hesitate to explore these natural remedies and, if possible, consult one of our trained herbalists for a customized approach to your immune health. Working with a herbalist can provide you with personalized advice, nutritional guidance, and custom blends tailored to your unique needs. Herbalists have extensive knowledge of herbs and can guide you in selecting the right herbs to enhance your immune system. Here at Apotheka we love to help, so don’t hesitate to reach out with your questions.
Remember, a well-supported immune system is your best defense against colds and flus. Stay healthy, stay strong, and enjoy all that the fall season has to offer!
Written by Leah Schmutter
Herbalist and Holistic Nutritionist
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