Updated: Mar 10
As an herbal clinician in Hudson, Wisconsin, I am often asked what I do and how I fit into the healthcare system. As a clinical herbalist, I assist my clients in achieving their health care goals naturally with whole plant preparations. Whether that be with teas, tinctures, flower essences, and/or supportive foods, I educate clients on utilizing plants to empower their health for the better. While herbalists are not yet commonplace in Western medicine, they have played a key role for centuries in many cultures around the world in providing important, cost-effective services for routine ailments.
During winter time COVID and many other viruses are running rampant, so I would like to share some easy ways to support your immune system to fight off infections and support you during illness beyond wearing a mask, washing your hands and social distancing.
I know I say this over and over, but it has been proven over and over again. Take your vitamin D!! This is a cost effective and easy way to assure your immune system is functioning at its best. In my area there is a large portion of the year we cannot even make Vitamin D from sun exposure! So it is imperative to supplement from Nov-March. I recommend a minimum of 2000IU for adults daily.
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Astragalus, a prominent herb in Chinese medicine, not only has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, but immune modulating properties! Research suggests that the root can boost the body's ability to fight infection. You can find this in various teas or try as a tincture. It also supports vital energy and reinforces the body’s natural defenses, including healthy lung function
While I learned to use NSAIDS to squash a fever, I now know that supporting your body through a mild fever helps it move through faster with less discomfort. Herbs such as yarrow, peppermint and elderflower help open up pores and allow heat to be transferred through the body.
This blend is beneficial for children and adults. Just follow the package directions and sip throughout the day.
Many of the season's illness have respiratory ailments as a symptom. Teas with herbs like elecampane, marshmallow, eucalyptus and mullein leaf help soothe irritated tissue, reduce mucous production or move phlegm out of the lungs and are antiseptic.
Again, not a surprise I am sure, but drinking water (about 1/2 your weight in ounces and this does not include any caffeinated drinks) helps support your body by flushing out the by-products of metabolism, excess electrolytes and urea. Keeping your body free of toxins supports your body's ability to run optimally and able to fight off infections. Filtered tap water and uncaffeinated herbal teas are best. Limit carbonated beverages.
Try these simple suggestions to help keep your body functioning at its best to fend off cold season ailments. If you try any of these suggestions let me know how they work for you or if you have any questions please reach out! To find out more about how an herbalist can help you, contact Sacred Ibis Botanicals at 715-222-8914 or schedule an appointment in person on virtually.