Although it's not autumn yet, the first day is coming up very quickly! September 21st is just around the corner and if you haven't been thinking about it all summer you should now. It's time to prepare for the cool seasons, the seasons of glad tidings but poor immune systems.
It's been a while since I've posted, and the blog post I've been working on this entire time just needs a few loose ends tied up. So I did some brainstorming and decided that I wanted to focus on herbs that I believe everyone could benefit having in their medicine cupboards this year.
Holistic medicine, namely herbal, is preventive medicine so you want to practice using these herbs year 'round but it is especially important to use them during autumn and winter. I'll be listing herbs that help with the upper respiratory, immune systems, and joint pain. These herbs will benefit people from young children up to even the elderly.
Let's get started!
Commonly grown in many flower beds, people have no clue what a powerful herb they have for the immune system. This wonderful herb is antiviral and a mild anti-inflammatory. Used for treating the common cold.
There may not be a more delicious herb for the immune system than elderberry. High in antioxidants and vitamins, elderberry is a super fruit. It isn't as medicinal made into a jelly or jam, but it is indeed still delicious as one and may still provide some benefit in that form.
If you're from anywhere in appalachia, there's a great chance you've tried horehound candy at least once. Horehound soothes the throat and has been used for treating bronchitis. It's slightly bitter, and lowers blood sugar.
My second favorite herb (dandelion being my first), goldenrod is a mighty powerful "quick fixer". Anytime I start feeling sniffly or my throat scratchy, I make tea and drink on it for at least 48 hours. It's an antibiotic and great for upper respiratory infections, UTIs, allergies, and more.
The main ingredient in my Anti-inflammatory capsules, this herb is great for those who suffer from arthritis and other inflammatory problems. It's good to keep around for those days when your joints are aching something fierce.
Another anti-inflammatory, but this herb is also anti-viral.
Useful as you can integrate it as a culinary spice. For those with mild joint pain, this may be all they need. (If not, add devil's claw.) There are some studies being done to test whether or not turmeric has an affect on the elderly with Alzheimers.
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Author: Tina Potter
Master Herbalist, I've graduated as an American Healthcare College Alumnus, I've become a member of American Herbalist Guild and soon to be author of survivalist series Survival Ember co-authored by professional survivalist Kenny Dietrich of Ashland, KY. I've been beyond blessed with the constant desire to learn and teach.
COMMON SENSE NOTICE: I do not claim to diagnose, treat, or cure disease. What you do with the information I post is up to you, but it is advised to consult with a doctor before acting on alternative methods of medicine. I wish you all the best!