Herbs for the Fall...Immune Defense!
Fall is upon us and so is Cold and Flu Season.
Now this time of year doesn't have to be the scary time we all grew up knowing it to be, as we have access to such great information about how to build up our immune systems in addition to all the great things modern medicine is doing to try to prevent disease.
However, this is 2020 and unfortunately most of us are more scared about Cold and Flu Season then we are ready to admit. Never fear Breeze Botanicals is here to tell you all about Herbs For Fall. In this blog we will discuss immune defense and how important it can be to preemptively protect yourself.
We have two products that tend to fly off the shelves this time a year and this year is no different. Panacea Immune Defense Tea and Tincture come together to create a perfect combo of herbal immune support. Panacea was a goddess of healing by way of curative medicine in Greek mythology. Her name gives us the word panacea, which refers to a cure-all for disease. She was said to carry a magic potion, which she used to heal people with any illness at all.
The Immune Defense Tea is great for those blustery fall evenings. Say after you go to the pumpkin patch. The body needs both warming up and immune support. The herbal tea is great for preparing the body’s immune system for outside attacks. Herbs like hyssop and echinacea have been traditionally used by herbalists to help your body fight off bacteria and viruses, while also nourishing your immune system.
Now if you’re a busy human, as we find most people to be during 2020, who may not have all the time in the world to sip a cup of tea but are longing for some herbal support that's ok we have something for you too. Panacea Immune Defense Tincture is great because it too is blended with the same herbs as the tea to aid in preparing the body’s immune system for outside attacks.
Lemon Balm (click title for more information)
Lemon Balm is characterized by its vibrant, fruity aroma and flavor, and her ability to lift our moods with just a sniff. It has traditionally been used by the ancient Romans and Greeks to flavor wines and elixirs that were said to enhance the emotions and mend a broken heart.
Echinacea (click title for more information)
Echinacea, also referred to as Cornflower, is well known for its immune-boosting abilities; having historical relevance in American folk herbalism dating back centuries. Its reputation as a cold and flu remedy is quite common, and has become one of the most available dietary supplements in health and food stores to date.
Calendula (click title for more information)
Calendula, also known as Marigold, is best characterized by its mood enhancing properties, its ability to heal abrasions effectively, and for its vibrant colored petals as dyes and paints. It has been used therapeutically for centuries and has been idolized for more than its wonderful aesthetic appeal.
Hyssop (click title for more information)
Hyssop has been revered as a holy herb since the beginning of religious ceremonies, and has been recorded in the bible many times most notably stating, “Purge me with hyssop, and I will be clean”. The medicinal value of Hyssop reaches far beyond its strong antimicrobial properties, and is said to bestow protection onto those that gather the branches and display them in their home.
Back to School isn’t just for kids
This year COVID-19 in the United States makes going back to school different because not only are the kids going, but many parents are too. Even if school is back in session many parents are finding that part of their child's curriculum is at home, on a computer, or with a tutor. Things come into question for the children like: Has my child ever spent extended time on a computer? Does my child have the ability to sit and listen to a video if I am not watching them? And the adults are questioning things like: When was the last time I did math long hand? And can I help my middle schooler with biology homework?
Unfortunately, we can’t help one's ability to regain lost knowledge but we do have a few suggestions for herbs known for improving cognitive function and overall brain function. This is good for both the adults and the children as we wade the waters of 2020.
First, Ginkgo Biloba, being most well known as the oldest, wisest trees in the forest. They have been noted to live up to 1000 years. This ancient herb has a variety of beneficial uses but one of the most valued may be that it has been used to increase mental performance and perceived well-being. There is a lot of research that can be linked to the thought that ginkgo supports improved memory, focus and attention span. In addition ginkgo biloba has been thought to have an effect in other psychological disorders including depression, and anxiety.*
Secondly, Lemon Balm. This herb was used traditionally by the ancient Romans and Greeks to flavor wines and elixirs that were said to enhance the emotions and mend a broken heart. In modern ages this still rings somewhat true but instead we refer to it as being useful for anxiety and depression. This herb has shown to aid with cognitive function as it relates to mental fatigue. In addition to having an effect on the brain this herb has also been shown to help with one’s ability to sleep and digestion.*
Lastly, Ashwagandha. We at Breeze Botanicals truly love this herb for all of the amazing things it can aid with. This adaptogenic herb has been implicated as being helpful for stress and anxiety. Ashwagandha also promotes longevity and a healthy immune system. Most importantly this herb has been shown to have a positive effect on GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) , improving cognitive impairments, and benefiting both our memory and cognition.*
All of these herbs are simply things that we think might make this school a little easier. Not only for parents but also kids having to go to school. 2020 has not been easy but with every obstacle comes a new learning curve and that’s what we must get around. We hope that these herbs do great things for you and your family. Please share your comments and thoughts as you try these herbs throughout this school year.
The Herbalist Team at Breeze Botanical's uses our collective educational experiences and on-going thirst for knowledge to normalize the conversation around herbs and to demystify the world of herbal medicine. Join us on this journey and embrace the plants around you.