Have you ever wondered how the folks who lived through the great plagues of our past managed to do it? Sure genetics and luck played a role for some survivors.
But countless folks turned to nature to give them the upper hand. Relying on herbs to help them amplify their own natural immunities.
And now researchers confirm tried and true germ-fighting herbs could help you stay healthy all fall and winter long too.
Boost your immunities with these potent herbs
Reduce your own risk of colds, flu and infections this year using the powerful herbal secrets of your ancestors.
Norovirus, the ugly bug behind the stomach flu knocks 21 million Americans off their feet every year. The common cold, or rhinovirus, strikes over a billion of us.
But experts say you may be able to dodge both of them this winter using elderberry.
Legend has it that Hippocrates once called the elder plant his “medicine chest.” And it’s easy to see why. Over the years, people have used the potent herb to help heal everything from colds to cancer.
If you’re around someone who develops a cold or the flu, dosing up on elderberry could help keep you from catching it too. And if you do still happen to get sick, the herb could help you recover faster.
Viruses, such as the norovirus, spread by invading healthy cells. The virus punctures the healthy cell with spikes coated in an enzyme that helps break down the cell walls. Then the bug uses the cell’s own DNA to reproduce.
Herbal experts believe that elderberry helps to break down those spikes. This leaves the bug unable to attach to a healthy cell and reproduce. And unlike flu vaccines, elderberry appears to be able to adapt when the virus mutates. Which means it continues to protect you.
In one study, researchers tested an elderberry formula against a placebo during a flu epidemic. Within 24 hours, 20 percent of the patients who had received the elderberry had significant improvements in their symptoms. While only eight percent of those taking the placebo saw any improvements.
Within 48 hours, 75 percent of the elderberry group were significantly better. And within three days, 90 percent of the elderberry folks were completely better. Meanwhile, 90 percent of those who took the placebo had to wait six days before they were well.
And in a recent study, researchers confirmed elderberry is effective against the common cold too. Scientists recruited several hundred air travelers to participate in the randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled trial.
More folks taking the placebo developed colds during the study. Plus the placebo takers remained sicker longer, and had more severe symptoms, than the volunteers who took elderberry.
If you know you might encounter a cold or flu virus—or were recently exposed to one—you can take elderberry on an as needed basis.
Herbal experts say Echinacea, or coneflower, could help boost your immunities so you stay healthy all fall and winter long.
This powerful herb is both an anti-viral and antimicrobial. Which means it could help you avoid attacks by both viruses and bacteria.
For over 400 years, Echinacea was a traditional herbal remedy used to fight off all kinds of infections. And in some parts of the world, the herb is still being used to tackle infections.
In fact, in Germany Echinacea is approved to treat urinary tract infections, colds, upper respiratory tract infections and even hard to heal wounds.
This useful herb can help boost your immunities, so your body can fight back against all kinds of respiratory issues. In other words, Echinacea could help reduce your risk of getting sick in the first place.
Plus, as a natural anti-inflammatory, the herb can help ease symptoms should you still come down with a cold, cough or sore throat.
Make THIS the year you don’t get sick. Supercharge your immunities, and stay healthy all fall and winter long, using the powerful herbal secrets of your ancestors.