Teas for the Immune System
Boost your Defenses
Teas for the immune system are great daily companions that may help your body to build defenses against diseases.
While herbal teas are not miracle cure-alls or impenetrable barriers against viruses and bacteria, they may just make life a lot harder for these nasty toxic agents.
This is why whenever you fall ill, there is always someone else saying that you should drink a cup of so-and-so tea and then get straight into bed.
Many herbal teas for the immune system contain antiviral, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that keep your body feeling fit and preventing nasty elements from causing havoc in your body. Some herbal infusions help soothe your stomach or decongest your respiratory passages, while others may fight off inflammations or soothe a nasty headache and bring down a fever.
It will be very hard to find an herbal that is able to fight all diseases, so don’t be put off if you have to resort to different infusions depending on what is ailing you, but there are some herbal teas that have a reputation for boosting the immune system and preventing the most common diseases and these are the ones we will be looking at here.
A daily cup of an herbal tea may help ward off illness or speed up recovery time when you do fall sick, lessening the symptoms and allowing you to rest more easily as your body fights the disease.
The Best Teas for the Immune System
Feeling ill is never a good thing and the time it takes for our bodies to recover and regain strength may seem endless. The following herbal teas may help prevent illness, but also get us back on our feet sooner rather than later.
Astragalus tea – this herbal infusion is said to bring balance to your bodily fluids, bringing stability and boosting defenses against toxins that try to invade the body. It may also provide healthy energy to help you recover from illness, stimulating the production of natural antibodies that ward off illness.
Dandelion tea – this little plant produces a tea that has a reputation for helping to detoxify the body. It is said to stimulate the liver, providing your with necessary nutrients while driving out the toxins, pollutants and other harmful elements from your body.
Echinacea tea – this is usually a favorite with anyone who has come down with a cold. An infusion of echinacea is said to help not only soothe the symptoms of illness that drag you down, but also to build up your defenses to prevent bacteria or viruses from attacking vital organs.
Ginkgo Biloba tea – an herbal infusion that has the reputation of helping to enhance life stimulating blood circulation in order to provide essential nutrients to every part of the body while flushing out toxins, promoting health and longevity.
Ginseng tea - this herb is used in tonics to help bring balance to your body and mind as it contains nutrients that are said to help you cope with the harmful effects of stress, strengthening organs, calming nerves and boosting mental ability. It is also rich in antioxidants and therefore may help in the prevention of many degenerative diseases.
Milk thistle tea – this herb is said to make a tea that may not only help boost your immune system, but also it may help to speed up recovery time when you are facing sickness. At the same time may help to bring balance to your body, by keeping your liver healthy and functioning properly to cleanse your body of toxins.
Oatstraw tea – rich in vitamins and other nutrients, this infusion is said to serve as body tonic that provides with healthy energy to fight fatigue and exhaustion. It may also be a cleansing brew, creating a natural barrier against disease.
Turmeric tea – this warm spice brews a healthy cup of tea that may help you strengthen your immune system, which may help defend you against the onset of disease, but also speed up recovery time when fighting infection or inflammation. It is said to help the blood carry the necessary nutrients to all parts of the body.
Other Herbal Teas for Building Immunity
There so many herbal teas that may help stay healthy that you are sure to have taken a cup or two of these teas. With so options to fill your tea chest, you are sure to find at one that you like so much that you will forget about the health benefits and just enjoy it for the flavor. Let's take a look at other teas for the immune system.
For free radical protection:
acai, blue pea,
For balance: bitter orange, chaste berry, dong quai,
red clover, schizandra,
star anise, yellow dock
ginger, marshmallow, meadowsweet,
sage, slippery elm, wild strawberry
For boosting immunity: boneset, calendula,
ginger, goji berry,
licorice, marshmallow, pau d’arco,
rosehip, schizandra, suma,
For longevity and vitality: dong quai,
star anise, suma, wild yam,
Other Suggestions for Boosting your Immune System
Herbal teas for the immune system may be wonderful, but they won’t do all the work of protecting your body and mind on their own. To get the most out of teas for the immune system, you may need to take into the consideration the following suggestions:
Choose your daily herbal companion with care. It should be a tea that can be taken in the long term, as not all teas should be taken on a daily basis for months on end. Some herbs are helpful only in small amounts. Read up on the suggested teas and then check with your doctor what may be the right tea for you.
Do you have a weak immune system? Talk to a doctor and run some tests, there is no sense in shooting in the dark. Find out if your body is craving any particular element and then ask for recommendations when it comes to herbal teas or any other dietary requirements. It may be as easy as choosing a tea that focuses on a depleted nutrient.
Talk to your doctor if you are taking any prescription medication as drinking herbal teas on a daily basis may alter the way your body absorbs or reacts to your medication.
While drinking lots of tea on a daily basis may seem sensible, you should always follow the recommended dosage. Unless otherwise stated, you should drink a cup of your herbal tea for about seven days then take a break of three to five days before resuming to give your body a chance to build up strength on its own.
Wear a protective mask if you have been sick, your immune system has been compromised and a little extra protection may just speed up recovery and stop you from ending up in bed again because of somebody else’s seemingly harmless cold or stomach flu.
Wash your hands frequently and keep surfaces at home clean, particularly the kitchen and the bathroom. We tend to focus on the toilet and then forget to clean the kitchen sink properly where we will be later washing our vegetables, fruits or other items that go straight into our mouths.
Drinking tea does not have to be the only way to improve your overall health. Consider a soothing herbal bath once in a while. Lavender and chamomile make wonderful scented baths to help you relax after a stressful day. It may seem like a luxury, but you should remember that stress often compromises the immune system.
Let’s all just agree on one thing: getting sick sucks! So, a little preventive care is always welcome, isn’t it? And while medication in pill or liquid form can be rather unpleasant, the variety of herbal teas that exist is so great that you are bound to find one that you will love.
While you cannot completely abolish sickness from your life, it seems sensible to make it more difficult for germs and viruses from ruining your day. So treat yourself to a regular cup of delicious protective and healing tea.
Choose your favorite teas for the immune system
and enjoy a healthy day!
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