Back to School: Boost Your Child's Immune System Naturally with these 4 herbs

It has been quite the year to say the least, with working from home and home-school the norm for much of it. However, with schools scheduled to open in the coming weeks, we breakdown the natural herbs and supplements you can be feeding your child to help give their immune system a boost and ensure their bodies remain fighting fit and healthy as they return to the classroom, and the playground.

1. Garlic

Garlic isn’t just great for repelling your date. It’s a immune boost machine, rich with antibacterial and antiviral properties — an important first defence for keeping the common cold or flu at bay. What’s better is that this herb is easily accessible, from your kitchen pantry!

The great thing about garlic is that you can even use garlic puree to add not just some flavour to your helps, but also boost your meals’ antibacterial and antiviral potential

With garlic being planted all year round, garlic is readily available on all supermarket shelves, and as well as using it in hot meals, you can even add this wonder-herb into salad dressings, dips, and sauces; or cooked in soups and stews, making it a herb you can easily incorporate more of into your day-to-day diet

2. Turmeric

Inflammation is linked to a variety of sicknesses, particularly with COVID, lung/chest inflammation is a common occurrence seen with COVID patients during their recovery. Turmeric, or particularly the primary naturally occuring chemical within Turmeric, Curcumin, is a highly effective, and scientifically proven natural anti-inflammatory. Not only that, but Turmeric is also antimicrobial and an antioxidant — all major boosts to the immune system.

If you’re a fan of indian food, you’re probably already consuming some Turmeric, but you can easily add it to other dishes too, to help extend your level of intake. The core ingredient, Curmunin, makes up only 3% of Turmeric, so the more dishes you can add it too, the better, why not try adding it to rice and quinoa dishes or stews, or maybe even add it to drinks like a warm mug of milk with a teaspoon of turmeric, or in your morning coffee. You can even sprinkle it on chips, or on some homemade popcorn – the choices are endless with this versatile super-herb

3. Echinacea

Don’t worry, even we sometimes fail to pronounce this one correctly. Echinacea (pronounced ‘Ekin-ay-sha’) has long been known as the herb for boosting your immune system, and comes readily available in a number of forms.

 

Echinacea is the name of a group of flowering plants in the daisy family. They’re native to North America where they grow in prairies and open, wooded areas. Echinacea plants contain an impressive variety of active compounds, such as caffeic acid, alkamides, phenolic acids, rosmarinic acid, polyacetylenes and many more

Echinacea plants are loaded with plant compounds that function as antioxidants. Antioxidants are molecules that help defend your cells against oxidative stress, a state that has been linked to chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and many others.

Research on echinacea suggests that it offers several impressive health benefits. Echinacea is best known for its beneficial effects on the immune system. Numerous studies have found that this plant may help your immune system combat infections and viruses, which could help you recover faster from illness

It is best taken at the first signs of a cold. If you’re going to take echinacea regularly as immune support, it’s best in a cycle of three weeks on, one week off.

In recent years, echinacea plants have emerged as a potential aid for anxiety. Research has discovered that echinacea plants contain compounds that may reduce feelings of anxiety. These include alkamides, rosmarinic acid and caffeic acid

Those with allergies to flowers in the daisy family should beware — you may also be allergic to echinacea.

4. Ginseng

Ginseng is an herbal plant that has been used for thousands of years in Eastern medicine. It’s claimed to improve fatigue, performance, fertility, cognition, and even prevent and fight cancer. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Read on to learn about how this ancient plant may improve your health.

Ginseng is an herbal plant found in North America and eastern Asia. There are many different types of ginseng, such as American ginseng, Korean red ginseng, Indian ginseng, and Siberian ginseng. American ginseng is a very popular variety 

American ginseng is known for its stimulant properties and is used in traditional Native American medicine to relieve headaches and to treat fever and indigestion. Research suggests it may boost mood, immunity, and cognition.

American ginseng is a notable herb with many uses, including helping the body recover from physical and emotional stress. This makes it a great immune system booster. It is also known for its energy-boosting properties, perfect for those back to school days after a year of zoom classes and home-schooling

So there you have it – 4 quick and easy herbs you can start giving to your child before the school term starts to kick their immune systems up a gear or too

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