A weak immune system is the root cause of infection and diseases. Here are a few immune building herbs, which, you could keep as ‘must-haves’ at home. They help strengthen the immune system thereby keeping chances of infections very minimal.
It goes without saying that Ashwagandha is one of the best immune building herbs. It is well-known for its immune building properties. It helps fight stress by balancing the stress hormone (‘cortisol’) levels. It prevents the depletion of Vitamin C when under stress and is superior to Ginseng as a stress-fighting adaptogen. Ashwagandha is an adaptogen which boosts immunity and through regular use, helps rejuvenate the body from years of exhaustive stress.
Ashwagandha root can be pounded and taken in a dose of 3 to 6gms along with a glass of warm and sweetened cow’s milk. It is also available in capsule form in ayurvedic pharmacies.
Tulsi is called ‘Holy Basil’ and is a powerful adaptogen which should be taken daily either in its raw form or as tea or in capsule form. Tulsi reduces stress, strengthes immune system, helps combat cold and flu symptoms, balances metabolism, promotes calmness and builds stamina. Given its high antioxidant level, Tulsi works as a natural immune-modulator, boosting anti-viral activities in the body. Due to its numerous medicinal values, Tulsi is called ‘Queen of Herbs’ and ‘Morther Medicine of nature’.
Tulsi builds respiratory resistance. Consume fresh tulsi juice made by pounding leaves of the herb twice a day, or add few drops of ginger and honey to this and increase immune building efficiency.
Neem is known as a ‘cure-all’ herb, and protects the body from exposure and susceptibility. Neem prevents and fights infection with its antibacterial and antiviral properties. Apart from building immunity, it helps purify blood, supports healthy liver functioning and detoxification. Through regular use, it rejuvenates and nourishes the skin, balances blood sugar levels and boost anti-inflammatory response in the body.
A daily dose of organic Ashwagandha, Tulsi and Neem will help your body fight stress, build immunity and act as daily dose of prevention and protection amidst out demanding lifestyles.
Amla (Indian Gooseberry) helps reduce all three body humours – vata, pitta and kapha. Although it is not easy for all to eat amla in its raw form, you could consider feasting on its jams or chutneys. Powdered dry amla is available, which can be mixed with honey and consumed twice a day. Else, extract fresh amla juice and add it to salads or with other juices to balance sourness. ‘Chyavanprash’ has long been associated with building immunity, and it includes amla along with other herbs, and this is a well-known formulation to be taken for long periods as a tonic to good health.
Ginger helps in decreasing aggravated vata and kapha doshas, helps fight infections and boost immunity levels.
Ginger offers many other health benefits too, apart from boosting immunity. For instance, it is used in hot fomentation in arthritis, gout, oedema, and in treating joint and muscle pain. Ginger fights all types of respiratory disorders like pneumonia, asthma, bronchitis, common cough and cold. Ginger can be had in any form, fresh, dried, powdered or juiced.