If there is one thing these “unprecedented times” have taught us, it’s that our immune system is among our most valuable assets. Right alongside that, is the healing herbs you can grow to help keep your immune system in top shape.
Planting and tending to a healing herb garden not only helps your immune system, but it also fosters a closer connection to the Earth. Which healing herbs are the best? Here are my favorite herbs for boosting a healthy immune system.
More commonly known as purple coneflower, or Echinacea purpurea. This beautiful and versatile plant can be used for medicinal purposes. This tall, showy flower grows readily in poor, sandy soil. The plants need full sun. Echinacea stalks can grow as high as 5 feet, and the flowers can reach 6 inches across.
Leaves, flower petals, and roots can all be used as a healing herb. You can make a tea or a tincture to prevent help infections and stimulate the immune system.
This popular cooking herb is also known to boost the immune system. Garlic is a potent antimicrobial immune system herb. It’s effective in preventing infections, and it’s especially effective for infections of the respiratory system. One study showed that garlic could reduce the chance of catching a common cold.
Garlic is very easy to grow; simply break apart the cloves from a head of garlic, and plant in rich, well-drained soil. Garlic thrives in full sun. Another benefit; plant garlic between other plants, to help repel aphids.
Curcuma longa, or turmeric, is an exotic flowering plant whose root is abundant with vitamin C, curcumin, magnesium, and potassium. It is a very popular supplement these days with an ability to reduce inflammation. It’s also known as an immune booster. This common spice in Indian and Near Eastern cuisine.
You can grow turmeric grows well in humid, warm climates with plenty of rain. Turmeric will die back in the winter and regrow in the spring. This plant likes morning sun and partial afternoon shade, with moist clay to part clay soil.
The root of this plant contains anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and anti-emetic qualities in its root. Ginger is full of antioxidants that kill free radicals. It’s also known to ease the pain of arthritis, and aid digestion. It is also reputed to lower blood pressure and improve blood sugar levels. The freshly cut or ground root is best for healing. This spicy root is also a popular spice used in baking.
Ginger will thrive in a warm climate, with rich, loose soil. It will do well in full sun to partial shade. You only need to plant the roots 1 inch deep into the soil. It takes as long as 10 months for ginger root to mature, so be patient.
Also known as Indian Ginseng, or Withania somnifera. Ashwagandha is also known as winter cherry.
This healing herb not only strengthens the immune system but also can increase your energy and longevity. It improves vigor and immune power. The roots of the Ashwagandha plant can be ground into a powder and used in tea. However, limit your use of this potent powder to no more than a teaspoon per day.
You can grow this drought-resistant plant in sandy, well-draining soil. The plants thrive in full sun.
While there are many immune-boosting herbs you can grow, these are four of the most potent. Growing herbs is not only a great way to boost your immune system, but to also increase your peace of mind.
Be sure to thoroughly research the specific growing requirements of plants and their specific uses before you start. Growing a healing garden is a wonderful way to not only heal yourself, but to also share with friends and family.