Oct 07 2014 In Ask the Herbalist By Kenneth Roberts
Chilly Weather Herbals For Protection
You can feel the chill in the air coming again, and this is the perfect time to build up the body’s natural defenses and immunity. The sinuses are reacting to changes in the plants, the immune system is responding to changes in diet and weather, and we are all scrambling to find relief. I tend to focus on true preventative measures at times like this. It is better to strengthen and support your body than it is to fix it once it is broken.
As the weather turns to chillier days, I tend to drink chai style teas. Not just because they are warming, but because they offer incredible benefits to the immune system. Cardamom helps prevent and reduce the symptoms of colds and flu bugs. It is also a great anti-inflammatory and can help detoxify the liver and kidneys. Clove is a phenomenal anti-bacterial, anti-septic and anti-infectious herb that is actually stronger against a wider profile of bacteria than most commonly used antibiotics. Cinnamon has many of the same properties as clove and is also better than most antibiotics. Ginger has the ability to reduce inflammation in the mucous membranes of the body which helps with sinuses, joint pain and even Pleurisy infection in the lining of the lungs. White, black and green peppercorns are also great anti-inflammatories that are helpful for increasing circulation and cleansing the blood.
Our Chai Spice Mix is perfect to blend into your favorite teas or begin incorporating them into cooking. There are other herbs that you can even add to Chai spices for added benefits such as Fennel or Anise for digestive issues or stomach flu. Mullein and Sage are both great for the lungs.
For every illness or dis-ease there is an herb or proper nutritional level to aid in creating health. Whether you add an herb or two to a favorite tea or do one of our WellTEAing blends created specifically to help with this season like our DecongesTea or Defense Boost, a natural healthy option is easy to find here at Discover Teas.