Hello Immune Health Enthusiasts!
Certain herbs come up quite a bit in conversation around the office during cold and flu season. Echinacea, goldenseal, astragalus, and licorice are the herbs I hear the most questions about from October until the end of February. Since having done the class on immune health this last weekend I have already had questions about these lovely herbs!
Here is an excerpt from my last class on herbs. Use it to help you and your loved ones get through winter without the stress of being sick.
Many of these plants are the same plants that are in your spice rack and garden at home.
They are plants.
Quality is more important than quantity.
Herbs can be used as teas, in capsules and tablets, or as a tincture.
Herbs can also be mixed into ointments and applied topically to the body.
Their benefits are due to their nutrient content.
Standardized – A process that guarantees the potency of the plant and its nutrient content.
Tincture – A liquid preparation of herbs that can increase the potency and the shelf life.
Tonic – Something that tones or supports.
Adaptogen – A plant that helps the body adapt to stress, in all its various forms.
Chromosome – a threadlike structure of nucleic acids and protein found in the nucleus of most living cells, carrying genetic information in the form of genes.
Telomere – a compound structure at the end of a chromosome.
Herbs worth knowing
Licorice – An adrenal tonic that also supports mucus membranes . Some examples of mucus membranes are lungs, eyes, ears, mouth, throat, nose, sinuses, urethra, and intestines. This plant needs potassium to be fully functionally so I recommend using Standard Process Organically Bound Minerals, MinTran, or MinChex in conjunction.
Echinacea – Native Americans have used this plant for centuries. It grows all over the world and is also known as purple coneflower. Its nutrients support the immune system, kidneys, and adrenal glands. It tingles in your mouth and your stomach when you take it.
Goldenseal – When used short term, this plant can increase the immune activity in the human body. For chronic immune challenges, I recommend other plants. For rapid immune support, few things beat Congaplex by Standard Process with Echinacea and Goldenseal.
Astragalus – One of the most unique plants on this list. It supports immune function and chromosomal health. At the end of all your chromosomes are telomeres. The length of these telomeres is a major factor in how long you will experience good health. Now you understand why I had those words in the definition section above!
This is just a small excerpt from the class. The full handout and the video of the class are posted on our website and FREE! Go to our Video Library and scroll down so that you can click on Client Workshop Archive. If you don’t have the password, give us a call 414-453-4070. This portion of our website is available to members of our Vital Wellness Association only. If you are not a member, you are welcome to join! The same phone number will get you a staff member who can help you join our VWA.
Have a healthy day!
Drew @ LVNC