Posted by: lifeinlonsdale | October 22, 2009

Wellness in a cup

Herbal tea

Herbal tea

Even though I don’t follow my own advice all the time, I really do believe that what we put into out bodies makes a HUGE impact on our health.

I drink a lot of tea and have been learning a lot recently about our plant allies and the various functions they can perform for our continued wellness.

This season, I am offering a tea for sale that can help you to keep those nasty viruses at bay. Stay Well herbal tea is filled with organic ingredients to help bolster your immune system:

Echinacea purpurea herb: echinacea increases the number and activity of immune system cells. It increases the amount of T-cells and macrophages in the bloodstream. It also increases the amount of Interferon, Interleukin, Immunoglobulin and other important natural immune chemicals present in your blood (http://www.healingdaily.com/detoxification-diet/echinacea.htm).

Lemon balm:
Lemon Balm has a “proven beneficial influence upon the nervous system, heart/ circulatory system, and digestive system”. Lemon Balm also has “anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-septic, and anti-microbial properties.” (http://www.herballegacy.com/Morrison_Medicinal.html)

Olive leaf: “Olive leaf extract (oleuropein) is a natural wide-spectrum antibiotic, anti-bacterial, anti-viral,anti-fungal compound. Unlike synthetic antibiotics, it destroys only the bad bacteria and protects the good. Medical research suggests that when Oleuropein is taken orally, it searches out and “inactivates” the bacteria. It does this by dissolving the outer lining of the infectious germs and then it penetrates the infected cells, thus inhibiting the replication of the bacteria.” (http://www.bodyandfitness.com/Information/Herbal/Research/olive.htm))

Elder flower and berries: ” small study published in 2004 showed that 93% of flu patients given extract were completely symptom-free within two days; those taking a placebo recovered in about six days. This current study shows that, indeed, it works for type A flu, reports lead researcher Erling Thom, with the University of Oslo in Norway.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambucus)

Lemon peel: “citrus serves as a tonic to the digestive system, immune system, and skin, while increasing circulation to extremities. Lemon peel is used to treat and prevent vitamin deficiencies, colds, flu, an scurvy as well as digestive or gastrointestinal problems by stimulating the appetite and encouraging the release of gastric juices to digest food.” (http://www.localharvest.org/blog/25051/entry/simple_old_lemon_peel)

Goldenseal herb:
“This herb has a long history of use as an antibiotic and anti-microbial, and has enjoyed recent popularity as an adjunct to Echinacea for support during colds and flu. Goldenseal is a widely used and recommended antiseptic. Native Americans traditionally used goldenseal for digestive, respiratory and urinary disorders.” (http://pages.prodigy.net/naturedoctor/immune.html

Ginger root:
“Ginger’s effects against infection have also been confirmed by laboratory science. One ginger compounds kills cold viruses at a concentration of less than one part per million, a concentration to that found in raw ginger.” (http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/learn/ginger.php)

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