7 Herbs for Boosting Immunity Naturally

Did you Know that Certain Herbs contain a Substance called Glycosides which act as a Natural Antibiotic?

Herbs have been used medicinally for centuries to treat a range of health conditions – from inflammation, bowel complaints, ‘diseases of the limbs’, and ‘diseases of the skin’.

For thousands of years, our ancestors realized the powerful capabilities herbs carried.

 A Ebers Papyrus dated back to 1550 BCE from ancient Egypt depicted a ‘prescription’ for Cannabis sativa (marijuana) applied topically for inflammation. Which is a whole other discussion for another day…

Herbs contain a bountiful supply of goodies. From volatile oils, vitamins, and minerals; to tannins, glycosides, flavonoids, saponins, and terpenes.

Flavonoid Glycosides are antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal – well, basically anything that needs targeting, this will do the job.

And the presence of saponins enhances the biological action even further with its antimicrobial, insecticidal, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumour activities.

Tannins and terpenes have something in common – they are responsible for the aroma of certain substances; however, they also have therapeutic properties. Tannins are actually antioxidants – polyphenols that can slow or prevent oxidation from free radicals.  While terpenes can actually bind to receptors in the brain, enhancing the effects of other compounds, known as the entourage effect.

Let’s take a look at 7 herbs that contain good concentrations of these important compounds.

There you have it. These 8 herbs are pretty impressive, and not only do they enhance your health, they also enhance the flavour of teas, meat, and stews. My favourite? A handful of rosemary sprigs stuffed into slow-cooked lamb, or add thyme to practically any savoury dish to spruce up the flavour!

Published by sharlene25

Sharlene Almond is the author of the genre-bending Annabella Cordova series, and a New Zealand travel book Journey in little Paradise. She has written a range of health, writing and body language articles; contributing as a guest writer on other blogs. Over the last ten years, Sharlene has attained qualifications in Body Language, Criminology, Journalism, Editing, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Pet Care, and Animal Behaviour. While setting up an online nutritional business, she is studying to specialize in Medicinal Cannabis and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Sharlene is also currently editing her second Annabella Cordova novel, with two others in the works. To support her online business, Sharlene sends out a trimonthly newsletter covering health, body language, writing, and even articles centered on health topics for your pet.

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