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Strengthen Your Immune System with Some Common Garden Herbs

Even though it’s the middle of summer and no one is thinking about colds or the flu, it is NOW that you can be growing, harvesting, and making your medicine!

Below are 4 common garden herbs you may want to consider cultivating in your garden to help boost your immune system.

  • Echinacea leaf & root (pictured above): This is the all-American ‘go-to’ plant for immune boosting support. This beautiful perennial is not only a powerful herbal ally, it is a wonderful plant for all of your pollinator friends such as birds, butterflies, and bees. Its beauty alone will enhance any garden. It is very easy to grow from seed and is hardy to zone 3. Parts used: roots, leaves, stems and flowers. Echinacea enhances the production of your white blood cells and is highly antibacterial to help fight off infections. It can be taken as an infusion, tincture, and in capsule form.

  • Nettles: Often getting a bad rap for its sting, nettles are incredibly nutritious. Loaded with beta-carotene, vitamin A, C and E, iron, calcium, phosphates, minerals and SO much more, what isn’t nourishing about this plant? If you choose to grow this perennial plant in your garden, contain it, like you do your mint. It grows bold and swiftly and soon will take up a space much larger than originally anticipated. Parts used: mostly the leaves, but the roots are highly medicinal as well. Best enjoyed as an infusion, tincture, or cooked into your favorite meal.

  • Garlic: This delicious bulb is antibacterial and antiviral. It has been used for millennia by many different cultures for its infection fighting capabilities. You don’t have to suffer by eating it raw as it still contains its medicinal properties when cooked as well. May also be taken in capsule form. Easy to grow, plant your garlic in the fall and enjoy the bounty in the spring!

  • Orange peel: Traditionally used in Chinese medicine, orange peel contains more vitamin C, flavonoids (similar to anti-oxidants) and enzymes than the fruit. It is antibacterial and antimicrobial. If only I could grow a citrus tree here in the mountains (zone 4) of Colorado! Many of you can and probably do! So, go pluck your orange and enjoy it. Save the peel and dry it for later use in your tea. It’s light and delicious flavor is a welcome addition to many of my tea blends. You can powder the peel and add to any of your culinary dishes.

In addition to aligning yourself with your herbal allies that will support your immune system such as those found in Spirit Horse Herbals Immune Booster tea, don’t overlook the need for getting plenty of sleep each night and giving yourself and your body enough movement each day. Lastly, and probably the most important aspect to staying healthy, is taking care and weeding your mind. Many studies have proven that our thoughts and beliefs, whether unconscious or conscious, deeply impact our immune systems. Negative and fear-based thoughts suppress our immune system while positive thoughts enhance it. So do your contemplative practices, bring a curious gaze inward to understand the nature of your mind, and begin weeding and clearing any negative thought and belief patterns. You WILL feel and see a difference.

Good growing to you~

For educational purposes only. This information is based on history and personal experience only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Woo!

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Comment by Britin Foster, All Good Bakers on August 16, 2010 at 1:31pm
We're looking for an herbal remedy to fight a urinary tract infection in our 3 year old daughter....she's fighting the establishment of bacteria now...keeping her well hydrated, well-fed & rested.
Comment by Kristie Nackord on August 16, 2010 at 1:57pm
Hi Britin,
Uva Ursi, or common names, Kinnikinnick and Bears Berry is one of the best allies for UTI! Additionally, our bodies can generally deal with bacteria and when they can't it means our immune system might be compromised on some level. You may also want to consider some immune boosting support for your sweet one!

Good healing to your daughter~
Comment by Aliza Ess on August 17, 2010 at 1:30pm
I keep a french press at my desk at work and am huge fan of drinking all kinds of herbal blends. I've already got a half gallon of dried nettle leaves and am currently drying two kinds of basil plus some peppermint. People are always surprised when I tell them that one of the best ways to use basil is in tea! A great way to get extra vitamins in the winter months when local produce isn't as abundant.
Comment by Kristie Nackord on August 18, 2010 at 1:43pm
Hi Aliza,
I brew my tea in a big 'ol french press, too! It's such an efficient way to brew tea! I'm so glad you are drying your herbs and enjoying it so much. I also appreciate that you are sharing your passion with others.

Good growing to you~
Comment by Andrea K on January 28, 2011 at 12:59am
I like your post, I love herbs and use them as medicine too, every time I start feeling sick I just chopped garlic and it works wonders. I also drink this kind of south american tea, it is called mate (it is pronounced maate), it is believe to stregthen you inmune system, boost your metabolism, give you some kind of mental clarity, help your digestion, and relax your muscles while it actually energizes you. I know this seems to good to be true, but there are more than 30 million of ppl that drink it daily. I am not adicted to it but I do like to drink it everyday, no sugar added. I will post some pics of it here www.howisitincalifornia.blogspot.com
Comment by Kydio on May 31, 2011 at 12:00am

I just finished reading Euell Gibbons book "Stalking the Healthful Herbs" a few days ago. Wow.

He covers dozens of wild plants that have been used for centuries and includes uses and recipes.


My favorite immune support is colloidal silver.  I use a little everyday.

I learned about it at www.colloidalsilver101.com

If you want to test its effectiveness before you try it on yourself, feed some to your plants.

I think you will be amazed.


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