Boost Your Immunity: Make Herbs a Habit
The onslaught of the pandemic has thrown up innumerable debates but the one fact that all are agreed on is the imperative of building up immunity. No ifs and buts on this. While we keep up our regular ‘good health’ schedule, in the world we live in today, it is imperative that we go that extra mile… Enter the goodness of herbs - the little, green wonders, Nature’s bounty at its best.
First off, a refresher in immunity-building:
- It is not built in a day – so you need to make immunity-building a sustained habit
- A holistic effort is best: eat and sleep well, exercise, try to minimise stress
- Given the pressures of urban living, you need to do more: make herbs & supplements a part of your family’s meal plans
Herbs, a powerful tool to build immunity
Chinese medicine, native American healing systems and the ancient Indian science of Ayurveda has empirically proven the high efficacy of herbs in building immunity. Whole herbs are a treasure trove of antioxidants. A much bandied term, antioxidants are good chemicals that can slow or prevent deadly damage to cells caused by free radicals – rogue molecules that are produced by the body in millions as a by-product of metabolism (oxidation), or due to exposure to toxins in the environment.
Fresh herbs have the most antioxidants. Add the finely chopped greens to your dishes (add when nearly done to preserve the delicate flavour), make dips and chutneys with them, chew them or have them in beverages. In the busy day-to-day routines, the extra effort of ensuring you get your daily dose of fresh herbs may be difficult. Herbal supplements are safe and work best to ensure that you are regular in boosting your herbal power with little effort.
ORGANIC INDIA herbal supplements have several added benefits. They are:
- made with certified organic ingredients
- 100% vegetarian
- the capsules are made of plant cellulose, not gelatine
- made of the whole herb, not just extracts
- packed in eco-friendly glass bottles
- no side effects
Herbs have multiple benefits
Herbs are packed with a variety of benefits, each herb marked out with special qualities. Here is a list of some of the most efficacious herbs, their benefits and how you may use them in your daily diet.
The ‘Queen of herbs’, the Hoy Basil or Tulsi is a strong germicide, packed with phytochemicals and antioxidants. Tulsi is a superior Immunomodulator (anti-stress). An anti-inflammatory, Tulsi leaves may be added to your tea, chewed raw, added to dishes, used to flavour salads, and savoured in combination with other aromatic and healing herbs as packaged in the delicious ORGANIC INDIA Tulsi infusions and teas.
The West is only now waking up to the immense benefits of this medicinal herb, but Ayurveda practices has been using this for thousands of years. Curcumin, the phytochemical in turmeric, helps remove toxins from your system, and fights germs and bacteria. Full of antioxidants, it is high on anti-inflammatory benefits and may be used to heal internal and external inflammations.
Add it to your Indian masalas, have it in warm milk or sip ORGANIC INDIA Tulsi- turmeric infusions, with a squeeze of lemon if liked. Only 3% of turmeric is curcumin so you do need that extra dose. Also, pepper helps better absorption – this is where ORGANIC INDIA turmeric supplements score – they come blended with black pepper.
Moringa (drum stick)
Moringa is loaded with Vitamin C – one of the key elements to up immunity. Packed with potassium, iron, calcium, and amino acids, moringa helps heal and strengthen the cells, muscles, and tissues of your body. The leaves can be made into a dry fry with just a little sprinkling of salt; stalks and stems go into soups and sambar; the aromatic flowers, pods, seeds and even roots make delicious sabzis enjoyed across the country.
Neem works as anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-protozoal and anti-fungal, simultaneously helps in boosting immunity, unlike modern day anti-microbials, which weaken the immune system.
Neem leaves may be chewed in the morning to clear out toxins from your system; stems are used to clean teeth; neem juice too is readily available. But neem is bitter so you may wish to opt for ORGANIC INDIA Neem supplements and give the leaves a miss!
This bitter and pungent herb is a powerful adaptogen and helps decrease stress levels – the bane of urban life. Stress is also one of the prime causes weakening the immune system, leaving it vulnerable to virus. You may use a spoonful of the powder to make a warm beverage with milk and elaichi or add it to fruit smoothies, but most prefer to consume this important whole herb in a quality supplement such as the ORGANIC INDIA Ashwagandha capsules - safe and efficacious.
Across homes in India, ginger has been the traditional go-to remedy for flu, coughs, and colds. The active ingredient in this medicinal herb, gingerol, is one of the strongest antioxidants in the fruit and vegetable kingdom and is particularly effective in preventing respiratory tract infections. You may add ginger to your curries and sabzi, in tea and in your choice of cool drinks. ORGANIC INDIA has refreshing ginger infusions and supplements to up your intake of this wonder herb.
The root of the mulethi plant is what goes into supplements. It is rich in glycyrrhizin – a sweetish saponin, a chemical known for its anti-microbial action. Other than upping immunity, mulethi root powder is believed to be a natural revitaliser and anti-ageing agent. You can brew mulethi root powder with lemon juice and ginger to form an invigorating drink or get the goodness of the herb the easy way with the delicious ORGANIC INDIA Tulsi Mulethi infusion.
This less known herb is a super strong immunity booster as it has excellent anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-parasitic properties. It is particularly good for liver health and detoxification. A native of India and Sri Lanka, kalmegh is best had in the supplement form. ORGANIC INDIA Kalmegh supplements use the whole herb and not just the seeds as most other herbal supplements do.
This rare bitter herb is one of the oldest known medicinal plant in the world and has powerful immunity boosting properties. It is generally found in the wild but ORGANIC INDIA grows the precious herbs in the Himalayan foothills to avoid over-harvesting of wild vegetation. It is particularly beneficial in supporting liver and kidney health. ORGANIC INDIA Immunity capsules have this potent herb in combination with a variety of Tulsi, making the supplement more than worthy of its name.
These are only a handful of herbs that we have talked about here, but cultures across the globe, particularly sub-continental and Mediterranean communities, have, from ancient times, used a multitude of herbs to add delicious flavour and nutritional value to their daily meals. Herbs are also a tasty, aromatic way to cut down on spices, chillies, and oil in Indian foods – the subtle fragrance lending tantalising flavour that more than makes up for the cut in spices.
So, go ahead, add a flavourful habit in your daily cooking. And give your immunity a leg up.