Five Powerful Herbal Tinctures To Boost Your Immune System

There are plenty of herbs we do already know about that have demonstrable, scientifically-proven health benefits you can begin taking advantage of today.

The beauty of the natural world extends far beyond just the aesthetic  characteristics that make plants and shrubs visually appealing. Some of the most  powerful healing and immune-boosting agents in existence can actually be found  growing unassumingly in fields, forests, and jungles around the world -- and  many of them have yet to be fully realized for their therapeutic potential.
Here are five such herbal tinctures you and your  family can take for their powerful immune-boosting properties:
1)  Astragalus. A powerful tonic long used in Traditional Chinese Medicine  (TCM), astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus), also known as milk-vetch and  locoweed, is one of the most potent and restorative food plants you can consume  to improve your immunity and "strengthen the exterior," as the ancient Chinese  would say. Said to tonify the spleen, blood, and "chi," astragalus herbs help  boost energy levels; restore damaged immunity; regenerate tissue; inhibit the  growth and spread of cancer; and strengthen the heart, liver, and lungs, among  other functions.
"Astragalus  is a powerful 'non-specific' immune system stimulant," says the website  Blessed Maine Herbs. "Instead of activating our defense system against a  specific disease organism, astragalus nourishes immunity by increasing the  numbers and activity of roving white blood cells, the macrophages. As an  immunostimulant, astragalus engages and activates every phase of our immune  system into heightened activity."
2) St. John's Wort. Commonly  used as a treatment for mild depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, and pain, St.  John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) is another immune-boosting herb that contains an array of antioxidants, flavonoids, essential oils and other  compounds that work synergistically to reduce inflammation and promote healing  and wellness. Because of its strong antiviral and antibacterial properties, St.  John's Wort is an effective "bug" cleanser that eases the overall burden on the  immune system.
Interestingly, researchers have learned that St. John's  Wort both increases and decreases immunity depending on the function, which is  why it is also considered to be an adaptogen, or tonic, just like astragalus.  When fighting harmful pathogens or viruses, St. John's Wort boosts immune  capacity in order to wards off disease. But when it comes to wounds and other  injuries that typically elicit an inflammatory response, St. John's Wort  minimizes this response as much as possible to protect the body against further  damage.

3)  Sage. You might not think of it as much more than a common cooking spice,  but sage (Salvia officinalis) contains a unique combination of disease-fighting  compounds that make it a powerful immune protector. According to Blessed  Maine Herbs, sage contains an impressive array of antioxidants, trace  minerals, essential oils, and other nutrients the help reduce stress, which is a  common cause of disease, as well as fight the aging process.
Native  American tribes actually used to chew the leaves of sage as a strengthening  tonic because the herb is both a broad-spectrum, all-natural antibiotic and a  powerful immune stimulant. If you suffer from frequent sore throats, upper  respiratory illnesses, or infections, sage is a great option for not only  overcoming these conditions, but also building up your own innate immunity so  that these conditions do not come back in the future (or at least not as  often).
4) Garlic. Garlic (Allium sativum) gets a lot of attention  here at Natural News, and this is not an accident, as this powerful herb  possesses so many health benefits that it is almost impossible to list them all  in one article. But if vibrant immunity is something you are serious about,  incorporating garlic into your health arsenal is essential, as it fights harmful  bacteria and viruses; targets detrimental parasites and fungi, and boosts immune  function.
"Garlic is rich in antibiotic powers and strengthens the immune  system," states Blessed Maine Herbs. "Garlic is also active against  herpes simplex, influenza B, HIV and many other serious illnesses," adds the  site, noting that garlic is also rich in organic sulfur, or  methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), a necessary nutrient for regenerating cells;  maintaining proper organ function; regulating blood sugar; and resisting  disease.

5)  Hyssop. Numerous passages in the Bible's Old Testament refer to hyssop  (Hyssopus officinalis) as a ceremonial cleansing herb, which is where many  people will likely recall hearing about the plant, if they have even heard of it  at all. But this ritualized use is not an accident, as hyssop really does  contain a variety of healing agents such as caffeic acid, camphor-like  constituents, essential oils, and other compounds that strengthen immunity and  protect the body against foreign invaders.
Patients with AIDS symptoms,  for instance, have experienced incredible success and recovery as a result of  taking hyssop, as the herb cleanses the blood. Hyssop also rids infected cells  of other common viral diseases such as herpes and influenza, as well as treats  colds, coughs, congestion, asthma, and sore throats, among other conditions.

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