Herbs for the Immune System

By | March 2, 2014

Using herbs for the immune system is one way for you to avoid getting sick, or to treat an illness once you have become sick. For centuries, people have used herbs to help ward off the flu or a cold. In fact, there are many herbs available to help boost the immune system to resist a multitude of different conditions.

Echinacea

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Echinacea has been used for centuries to provide extra resistance and to help protect the users against illnesses by strengthening the immune system. It has a myriad of benefits including:

  • Increasing the production of white blood cells
  • Helps fight infections
  • Fights diseases that target the immune system

Echinacea is best taken either as a preventative during cold and flu season or at the first signs of illness and should be taken throughout the active display of any symptoms. Most herbalists suggest taking it until you are clear of any illness. As for dosage size, it depends on your body weight and the acuteness of your illness. Most guidelines call for using one drop for every two pounds of body weight. When the illness is at its peak, the dosage can be increased, but it should cut back as the illness abates.

Usnea

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Usnea is one of the most common herbs for the immune system. It comes from a greenish-gray lichen, is notable for its anti-microbial properties, and almost matches echinacea in boosting the immune system. Herbalist recommend the usage of usnea for the treatment of the following conditions:

  • Urinary tract infections
  • Respiratory problems
  • Staph infections
  • Strep throat

The dosage recommendations mirror the use of echinacea. Some herbalist also recommend using echinacea and usnea in combination when an illness first strikes or when symptoms at their worst.

Red Clover

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Red Clover is another one of the best herbs for the immune system, and has proven effective in helping treat breathing and lung problems such as:

  • Viral respiratory infections
  • Bronchitis
  • Coughs

Red clover is said to be quite tasty and even acceptable to young children. It can be used to brew a soothing tea or tincture. Dosage recommendation direct that one ounce of the dried herb be steeped with one quart of water for two to four hours.

Poke Root

Poke root is another useful herb that can be used for its antibiotic properties. It has been used in the past to treat a variety of conditions including:

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  • Mastitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Lyme’s disease
  • Bronchitis
  • Sinusitis
  • Herpes

Because of its very powerful properties, Poke root oil should be only used sparingly and in small dosages. Most herbalist recommend using no more than three to five drops per day.

Herbs for the immune system have been used for many, many years to stave off diseases, illness, and other threats to our health. Just like any medicine there is a possibility for overuse or abuse. Herbs should always be used prudently and in combination with a healthy lifestyle.