There are several herbs that I’d like to talk to you about today because they are known to have some benefits for your immune system. This isn’t to discount Vitamin D or Vitamin C, two vitamins that can support your immune system, but rather to enhance what those nutrients can do.
Herbs can be made into a tea or what’s termed a decoction. I made a video to show you how easy it is to make this at home, provided you have the herbs. Those can be purchased online, or at health food stores. There is still plenty of bulk herb to buy so hopefully we won’t run out of those! My video is live on youtube. You can search it by the title, Make Your Own Immune Tea Amid Coronavirus Fears.
You may also want to take a look at these two articles I wrote recently on the Coronavirus. They are archived as follows:
1. The Flu vs. Coronavirus: A Potential Health Emergency
2. Natural Therapeutic Options for COVID-19
Here is my recipe for “Immune Tea” and beneath it, you will see the rationale for the inclusion of these precious, effective and safe herbs.
Ingredients for Suzy’s Immune Tea
[To watch my video, scroll down below, there’s a link]
4 to 5 cups water
1 Tablespoon Elderberries
1 Tablespoon Echinacea
1 Tablespoon Orange Peel
2 teaspoon Licorice Root
Optional: Honey to sweeten
Directions: Pour 4 to 5 cups of water into a pot and add the herbs. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a very gentle simmer and continue simmering for approximately 30 minutes. You may strain the herbs and put into a glass jar or pitcher. Shelf life is about 3 days. Sweeten if desired. Drink 1 cup daily.
Black Elderberries have been used as anti-virals and natural antibiotics against cough, colds and the flu for centuries. Studies in test tubes and humans prove demonstrable efficacy when it comes to inhibiting the influenza virus (and other bacteria). If you’d like to make your own Mullein Elderberry Tea, I can teach you; just CLICK HERE.
This herb has been used for centuries to help control symptoms of the common cold, influenza and other viruses. It can inhibit “hemagglutinin” and “neuraminidase” which are specific to influenza. When echinacea does inhibit these compounds inside your cells, it controls the spreading and severity of symptoms of influenza. You can read more about echinacea HERE.
This is just the rind of an orange, but it’s dried up. It adds Vitamin C, which has documentation for its ability to shorten the duration of a cold. It is a strong antioxidant.
This contains glycyrrhizic acid, a compound that is known to inhibit viral growth (slow it down), as well as directly inactivate certain viral particles. A study in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 2005, showed that glycyrrhizin could “inhibit SARS-coronavirus (SARS-CoV) replication in vitro.” I have an article with some in-depth details about licorice. You can read about it HERE.
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Suzy Cohen, has been a licensed pharmacist for over 30 years and believes the best approach to chronic illness is a combination of natural medicine and conventional. She founded her own dietary supplement company specializing in custom-formulas, some of which have patents. With a special focus on functional medicine, thyroid health and drug nutrient depletion, Suzy is the author of several related books including Thyroid Healthy, Drug Muggers, Diabetes Without Drugs, and a nationally syndicated column.