Ok, now that we’re heading into winter here in Brooklyn, it’s definitely time to focus on immunity boosting. Since it’s cold & flu season, I’m being more intentional with the herbs I ingest to help fortify my system. Overall, I care for my well-being by staying active, getting enough sleep and fresh air, and through healthy eating, but I believe that consuming herbal teas are just another great way to add nutrients into my body.
Plus, since it’s colder out, the urge to drink something warm is amplified and I find myself drinking more infusions/teas throughout the day.
An herbal remedy that I’m really digging right now is a blend of lemongrass, ginger root, dandelion leaf, and oat straw.
My Love Affair with Dandelion Persists!
Honestly, I can smell the healing in the loose herbs alone. Ginger root and lemongrass are no joke! Since those herbs are so distinct, I added dandelion leaf and oat straw to help balance out the flavor, and this is yummyyy. And if you don’t already know, I’m like, obsessed with the herbal benefits of dandelion and even wrote about in my post: Detox and Reduce Inflammation with Dandelion Root. In this immunity blend, I used dandelion leaf rather than root for a softer approach as the root is bitter and bit stronger to taste. YES, you can work with all parts of the dandelion.
As I mentioned, I added oat straw to bring a calming essence to this blend, but don’t sleep on oat straw’s nutritional benefits! This is a beautiful herb that I find myself adding to numerous blends.
Anti-Inflammatory and Immunity Boost Herbal Blend
I want people to think about reducing inflammation in their bodies because all diseases start with inflammation. As I mentioned, herbal infusions are always a great support, but please consider the other ways you may be contributing to inflammation in your body through: excess sugar, overly-processed foods, simplex carbs, and trans fats, to name a few. This winter, think about how you can eliminate some of the items listed above to help you on your journey to reducing inflammation.
I crafted this herbal blend with intention to help support your overall immune system, but the herbs also come with additional benefits such as reducing cholesterol and improving heart health. So be sure to check with your doctor if you have any concerns AND/OR you’re taking medication (or pregnant).
Ginger root has incredible anti-inflammatory properties and is known to reduce pain, stimulate circulation, and inhibit rhinovirus, which can cause the common cold. It may help ease digestive discomfort.
Lemongrass has antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal properties. It has traditionally been used as a pain reliever and fever reducer. Lemongrass also contains iron, calcium, and vitamin C.
Dandelion is rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, fiber, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and phosphorus. It is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, for detoxing the liver, regulating blood sugar levels and reducing cholesterol.
Oat straw helps strengthen bones, soothes the nervous system, stabilizes blood sugar, and relieves stress. It’s a great source of calcium, fiber, calcium, potassium, iron, vitamin A, vitamin C, dietary fiber and antioxidants.
So, what herbs do you find yourself reaching for this winter? I know it’s time for me to dig into some Elderberry as well! Share with me in the comments.
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