Strengthen Your Immune System With These Natural Cold & Flu Fighters

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Seasons are changing and it is time to reach for herbs and spices that boost our energy and immunity. We don’t travel without our herbs, spices and tinctures, especially with the extra stress the holidays can create. Here are a few of our top picks for building your immune system and staying sharp this winter.

Echinacea

The winter superhero herb, echinacea boosts immunity and reduces many of the symptoms of colds, flu and infections. Great in tea form, pills or drops.

Reishi Mushroom

It has long been a popular herb in Chinese medicine for fighting fatigue and inflammation. It strengthens immunity and can help combat cancer.

Elderberry

The flu and cold fighter! It contains flavonoids that are rich in antioxidants that help protect cells from free radical damage. Elderberries actually rank higher than blueberries, blackberries and even goji berries in both flavonoids and vitamin C content, which are great immune-strengthening compounds. Elderberry tea can be used to aid indigestion, edema or headache. Woohoo!

Turmeric

We take this every day and even travel with it. Turmeric and ginger are vital for us on the road and especially when we need an extra boost. This spice contains curcumin, which has notable antioxidant properties. It also has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and stomach-soothing benefits. It reduces inflammation by stimulating the adrenal glands to increase the hormone that lessens inflammation.

Astragalus

This herb stimulates the immune system and aids in digestion and adrenal gland functions. It is also a diuretic and has been taken to combat the common cold and flu symptoms.

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