During flu season, the people at most risk for catching influenza are children under the age of five and senior adults over the age of 65. Herbs have been used for thousands of years as beneficial health supplements. Consider adding some of the following herbs to your diet to help boost your immune system and lessen your chances of catching the flu.
1. Holy/Hot Basil
Holy basil, also called “hot basil” or Thai basil in some cookbooks, contains chemicals that are thought to lower blood sugar and decrease pain and inflammation. It comes from India and is sometimes given to people who have certain types of cancer, diabetes, respiratory illnesses, the common cold, and of course, influenza.
2. Cat's Claw
The bark and root of cat’s claw have been used as a dietary supplement for a very long time. The Incas even used it back during the 12th century A.D. to help with anything from contraception, to inflammation, to infections. Today, it is used as a supplement that helps treat the symptoms of viral infections, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, cancer, and several other bodily ailments.
Mint has been used for centuries to treat anything from digestive issues, to depression, to memory loss. Often times, mint is inhaled as a way to clear the nose, throat, and lungs or congestion caused by the common cold, asthma, and the flu. While it clears respiratory channels, it also cools and soothes the area, helping to lessen symptoms like coughing and sore throat.
Rosemary is an herb that is commonly used in cooking. It is thought to be beneficial in several different ways. It’s a very good source of antioxidants, which are thought to help boost the immune system. It improves digestion, helps enhance cognitive skills like memory and concentration, might possibly help protect against Alzheimer’s plaques in the brain, and may help to reduce the levels of carcinogens in the body.
Perhaps equally as popular as Rosemary, Thyme is used in recipes quite often. It lowers blood pressure, stops a cough, and boosts your immune system because it’s packed full of Vitamin C. It is also used as a disinfectant, and when used as an essential oil, it has been known to boost your mood and help you to feel happier throughout the day.