We have received many messages asking what can we do about COVID-19. By now we all know the basics of washing our hands often, staying away from airports and large gatherings. As healers and healthy members of society we take these precautionary measures so we do not pass the COVID-19 virus onto our friends, family (elders/babies) and colleagues.
As an herbalist I like to think prevention. Now is the time to build our immune system with antiviral, adaptogenic, respiratory, and tonic herbs.
Here is a recipe I formulated this morning for all the gals here at the herb farm.
Anti viral Formula
1 part Echinacea root mix (angustifolia, pallida, purperea)
½ part Reishi mushroom
¼ part Bupleurum
¼ part Astragalus root
¼ part Goldenseal root
½ part Licorice root
¼ part Ashwaghanda root
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A closer look at these herbs
Echinacea root – support healthy immune function
Reishi mushroom – has many healthful qualities; enhances the immune system and as an adaptogentic it helps reduce stress, improve sleep, and lessen fatigue
Bupleurum – traditionally used for infections of the respiratory system, including the flu (influenza and swine flu) the common cold, bronchitis, and pneumonia; and symptoms of these infections, including cough and fever.
Astragulus root – has immune-boosting, adaptogenic and anti-inflammatory effects. Used often with colds and supports heart health
Goldenseal root – constituents are vast, affecting the immune system, digestive system, cardiovascular system, nervous system and mucosal membranes in general. Natures natural antibiotic
Licorice root – anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties. Supportive of the respiratory system and lungs. Promotes a healthy adrenal response to stress.
Ashwaghanda root – traditionally used as a tonic and an adaptogen. Renowned for its building and nourishing qualities, which are stress relieving (even for chronic stress), protective and calming.