herbs for the winter months

During the colder months you can help to keep your immune system strong and healthy by using herbs

If you supply your body with the nutrients that are required to maintain health you can help avoid the colds and influenza that are prevalent during this season

I have listed some of my favourites below

These herbs can be mixed together and stored in a jar

Have two to three cups of the herb tea per day

To make the tea, add one to two teaspoons of dried herb per cup of boiling water

Seep the tea for 10 minutes

Along with using herbs a healthy diet is most important during colder months

Avoid processed foods and drinks as much as possible and drink water

Limit your sugar intake as only one hundred grams of sugar in any form (for example lollies, cordial, soft drinks, biscuits, cakes, chocolate) will reduce the ability of your neutrophils to defend your body. Neutrophils are white blood cells primarily responsible for defense against bacteria

Sugar will suppress your immune system and the effects can last for hours

This in turn may make you vulnerable to viruses and bacteria that cross your path

Ensure that the herbs you use are fresh, preferably organic.

Many of these herbs are easy to source or grow

Store herbs in an airtight container that is not exposed to sunlight

My Winter Brew

rose hips (rosa canina)This is a pleasant tasting tea that is not only nutritious but adds colour and flavour to your brew
elderflowersanother mild tasting tea with lots of benefits elderflower tea can strengthen your immune system function, help manage fever, soothe your respiratory tract and helps guard against flu viruses
nettleas a general tonic nettle tea is great. It supplies both vitamins and minerals to your body
marshmallow rootthis tea can help the mucous membrane of the respiratory and gastrointestinal system remain strong and disease resistant
thymeadd thyme to your brew if infection is present in the respiratory system. It has strong antiseptic properties

Herbs are an untapped source of nutrients that are vital to your body

Learn about herbs and use them in your daily life for their health giving properties