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8 herbs, spices and sweeteners in combination for a strong immune system

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There are many herbal products that can support your immunity during every season, but especially suitable for winter is the decoction that we present to you with this recipe. A truly healthy tonic to boost the immune system, which contains proven immunostimulating ingredients such as astragalus root, angelica root, honey and ginger. A few more useful spices and herbs contribute to a perfect symbiosis that we are going to reveal in next lines.

Ingredients of the decoction for immune system

Honey

Honey is a valuable food prepared by bees for bees, but many people also enjoy consuming it. People appreciate honey because of its sweet taste for many thousands of years, but also because of its beneficial effects - honey contains some vitamins and minerals in small quantities: iron, zinc, potassium; has anti-inflammatory effects and is an antimicrobial agent. Thanks to the antioxidants in it you will have an additional benefit for the immunity and defenses of the body.  [ref. 1] 

Astragalus root (Astragalus propinquus)

Astragalus, a well-known herb in Chinese medicine, has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Research shows that the root can increase resistance to infections. Animal studies have shown that it can regulate the body's immune responses. [ref. 2] 

Angelica archangelica

Angelica is a genus of plants and herbs that are often used in traditional medicine. The root, seeds and fruits are used to make medicines. Angelica is used for various health problems such as heartburn, intestinal gas (flatulence), loss of appetite (anorexia), arthritis, circulatory problems and others.

Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla L.)

Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla L.) is a well-known medicinal plant species of the Asteraceae family, often referred to as "the star among the healing species". Today it is a very preferred and widely used medicinal plant in folk and traditional medicine, using it as an anti-inflammatory and antiseptic, also antispasmodic and slightly soothing agent. 

Internally, chamomile can be used mainly as an herbal infusion (1 tablespoon of the drug is infused into 1 l. cold water and does not heat up) in stomach disorders associated with pain, indigestion, diarrhea and nausea; less often and very effectively - when there is inflammation of the urinary tract or painful menstruation.  [ref. 3]  [ref. 4] 

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Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

People have used ginger in cooking and medicine since ancient times. It is a popular home remedy for nausea, stomach pain and other health problems such as migraines, rheumatic disorders and others.  [ref. 5]    [ref. 6]   [ref. 7] 

Orange peel (Citrus X sinensis)

Orange peel contains certain amounts of provitamin A, folic acid, riboflavin, thiamine, vitamin B6 and calcium. It is also rich in plant compounds called polyphenols. And this is usually part of the fruit that we do not consume, that is so rich in substances!

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum)

Cinnamon is one of the most important spices used daily by people all over the world. This aromatic spice contains mainly vital oils and other derivatives, such as cinnamon dehyde, cinnamon acid and cinamate. In addition to being an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic, antimicrobial, anticancer, lipid-lowering compound, there is evidence that cinnamon also works against neurological diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease.  [Ref. 8] 

Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum)

Cardamom is an evergreen, perennial ginger plant that is used  internally in indigestion, nausea, vomiting and lung diseases with abundant sputum discharge. It can be used as a laxative to prevent stomach aches as well as flatulence. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect, helps to lower blood pressure and can have an antibacterial effect.

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How to prepare the decoction for immunity

The necessary ingredients for the decoction are:

  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 28 g dried astragalus root
  • 28 g  dried angelica root
  • 14 g dried chamomile
  • 1 tsp dried ginger
  • 1 tsp dried orange zest
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cardamom seeds
  • 250-300 ml. alcohol 

Here are detailed instructions for preparation:

  1. Dissolve the honey in 2 teaspoons of boiling water. Let it cool.
  2. Combine the honey and the next 7 ingredients in a jar, adding alcohol on top.
  3. Seal tightly and store the decoction in a cool and dark place.
  4. Allow the ingredients to be infused to their desired strength. It will take about 2-4 weeks. Shake the jar regularly (about once a day).
  5. When ready, strain through a strainer or coffee filter. Store the liquid in an airtight container at room temperature.
  1. Ingredients of the decoction for immune system
    • Honey
    • Astragalus root (Astragalus propinquus)
    • Angelica archangelica
    • Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla L.)
    • Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
    • Orange peel (Citrus X sinensis)
    • Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum)
    • Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum)

  2. How to prepare the decoction for immunity

Summary

Time-tested natural remedies for antioxidant protection, with anti-inflammatory and antiseptic action, soothing the digestive system, but supporting the immune system - this is what everyone needs in winter! Only eight ingredients are needed to make your immune system-activating drink.

References

  1. Antibacterial components of honey. | Билкови и природни лекарства
  2. Immune system effects of echinacea, ginseng, and astragalus: a review - PubMed
  3. Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla L.): An overview
  4. Matricaria chamomilla
  5. Ginger--an herbal medicinal product with broad anti-inflammatory actions. | Билкови и природни лекарства
  6. Ginger (Zingiber officinale) in migraine headache. | Билкови и природни лекарства
  7. Ginger (Zingiber officinale) and rheumatic disorders. | Билкови и природни лекарства
  8. Cinnamon: A Multifaceted Medicinal Plant

The author

Bettina Tsvetkova is a Bachelor of Marketing and Master of Entrepreneurship, a fan of healthy eating, power sports and cycling. Author of over 1500 scientifically based articles, product texts and promotional materials on a healthy topic for Bulgarian and foreign websites.

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