In times of strong viral circulation or fatigue, herbal medicine gives a boost to our immune defenses. A plus to protect against seasonal infections! Echinacea, cypress, elderberry, Ganoderma … plants have unexpected benefits!
Plants to recommend to fragile people
In autumn and winter, plants are useful to prepare one’s immune “ground” , especially in fragile people such as children, the elderly, pregnant women, but also people with diabetes, suffering from respiratory or heart problems.
For more efficiency , it may be wise to combine plants with other active ingredients known to support the immune system : probiotics , bee products (top propolis ) and / or anti-oxidant vitamins.
Echinacea: immunostimulant and anti-infectious
Active ingredients : its roots contain three interesting active ingredients : alkylamides which encourage certain white blood cells to absorb the microbe to prevent its progression; polysaccharides, large sugars that stimulate the production of antibodies; phenolic compounds which orchestrate the various defenses of immunity. Benefits of echinacea : immunostimulant and anti-infectious.
Use of echinacea : in the form of standardized fresh plant extracts (EPS) or complete fresh plant suspensions (SIPF). Start with a first treatment of one month, then continue with discontinuous treatments of 2 weeks per month. The dose needed to be effective? A teaspoonful of fresh plant extract, morning and evening. Echinacea is often associated with cypress , in sensitive periods, or blackcurrant in the cold season.
Precautions for use: people suffering from progressive autoimmune diseases or under immunosuppressive treatment.
Cypress: a powerful antiviral
Active ingredients: fruits contain tannins, proanthocyanidins, which prevent the virus from adhering to cells and kill them. Benefits / indications of cypress : preventive and curative treatment of viral infections such as influenza or herpes.
Use: in the form of an extract of fresh plants, combined as a “masterful preparation” with echinacea, in cures of 10 days per month or 5 days out of 7 depending on the personal risk of infection. Precautions for use: none . Read also: Cypress, an ally
against ENT infections
Elderberry: first and foremost anti-influenza
Active ingredients : its flowers give berries rich in polyphenols. Benefits: elderberry juice helps shorten the symptomatic period of the flu according to two studies. Also anti-inflammatory and expectorant effects. Also recommended after a cold or flu to recover more easily.
Use: as a fluid extract, as a preventive or curative treatment at the rate of 2 teaspoons 2 to 3 times a day. Because of its good taste, elderberry can be a good alternative to cypress in children, as long as you avoid alcohol-based products. Precautions for use: in the absence of toxicological data for pregnant and lactating women, one abstains. Read also: Black elderberry, the ideal natural ally against colds
Active ingredients : leaves and fruits contain flavonoids. Benefits of blackcurrant : flavonoids give blackcurrant antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Use: in the form of a fluid extract, mother tincture or Quantis (enzymatic extraction process allowing all the active ingredients to be preserved) In case of repeated infections, take 5 days a week for a month or two depending on the feeling of fatigue.
Precautions for use : none
Black radish: detoxifying and thinning
Active ingredients: its root is rich in sulfur, sulphurous derivatives and minerals. Benefits of black radish : known to detoxify the liver which is involved in immune regulation. It is also anti-bacterial , thinning bronchial secretions and nasal cavities. Indications: recommended in case of rhinitis, sinusitis or chronic bronchitis. Use: in preparation of fresh plants, 1 to 2 teaspoons per day for 15 days per month, for a month for repeated rhinitis or sinusitis, more in smokers.
Precautions for use: the treatment is postponed in the event of a recent problem of hepatic colic.
Ganoderma, to strengthen the immune system
Active ingredients : this fungus, also called reishi , thrives on oaks and fruit trees. It contains polysaccharides which increase the quantity of immunocompetent tissues in the intestine. And the digestive tract is riddled with it! There are still triterpenes there, which is similar to adaptogenic plants, allowing better resistance to stress .
Benefits: it acts on the immune system.
Use of ganoderma : in prevention or when the immune system has been weakened, by anticancer chemotherapy for example. In discontinuous cures, every other month, at a rate of 600 mg of dry extract per day divided into two doses, morning and evening.
Precautions for use: to be avoided in case of immunosuppressive treatment or pregnancy.
Rosehips, against recurrent infections
The young rosehip is a good general stimulant, and immunity in particular. It is often a remedy for chronic, repetitive inflammation, such as ear infections or sinusitis. Use: 15 drops of mother macerate in the morning for adults, 1 drop per 10 kilos of weight for children and pregnant women, as a one-month treatment.
Ginseng, to better resist stress
A general practitioner, he prepares the body for stress, including infectious ones, in particular because of the immuno-stimulating properties specific to adaptogenic plants. At the same time, ginseng improves the performance of the adrenal gland , which gives a boost. It also houses reserve sugars (polysaccharides), with documented immuno-stimulating effects. A good choice when you are tired.
Use: to be taken in prolonged and discontinuous cures, of one month for example, interspersed with a month’s break, at the rate of 2 g of root powder per day (i.e. a level teaspoon) or a capsule of 400 mg of dry extract always in the morning.
Icelandic lichen, a little-known anti-infective
This rudimentary plant has put in place strategies to resist in all environments, forming crusts on the rocks that reindeer in Iceland devour! It shelters specific acids (usnic acid and cetraric acid), immuno-stimulants and anti-infective , as well as sugars (always polysaccharides), which support the immune defenses.
Use: in prevention of respiratory tract infections, take 50 drops morning and evening of a hydroalcoholic extract, 10 to 15 days per month.
Shiitake, a basic immuno-stimulant
This medicinal mushroom is rich in lentinans, sugars which act on the mucous membranes of the mouth and intestine and stimulate their lymphocytes. In Japan, it is used in addition to anti-tumor drugs to, on the one hand, strengthen the immune system and, on the other hand, increase the sensitivity of cancer cells that have become resistant to treatment.
Use: if you are prone to repeated respiratory, urinary or genital infections, take 500 mg in the morning of a dry extract, capsules or tablets, every other month.
The immune system is a complex defense system of the body. It includes several organs, among which: lymph nodes, thymus, spleen, mucous membranes, bone marrow.
You can also support your immunity with essential oils
Essential oil of radiated or globular eucalyptus
Anti-infectives and immunostimulants, the essential oil of radiated eucalyptus, and the essential oil of globular eucalyptus generate a particular tropism for the bronchi, of which the eucalyptus thins the secretions. To be taken in prevention, in discontinuous cures 10 days per month; and to treat, 2 drops morning and evening (for an adult) in a teaspoon of propolis as long as the symptoms last.
Ravintsara essential oil
It combines several active immunostimulants and if there were to be only one in the family pharmacy, it would be this one, becauseanti-microbial (colds, flu viruses, shingles, herpes, etc.)! To prevent or cure, we add 1 to 2 drops morning and evening in a teaspoon of thyme honey, for example. Broad-spectrum anti-infectious and immunostimulating, this essential oil from the eucalyptus family is readily used in the prevention of genital, urinary, or intestinal infections (1 to 2 drops morning and evening in a teaspoon of honey), and locally on skin conditions such as cold sores (apply 1 drop on the cold sore).