This is one of my favorite times of year, the trees are turning beautiful shades of orange and red, the air is cooler and bon fires are easy to come by. Gaia has blessed us so much with the seasons. This is the time of death, where everything dies back and goes into hibernation until the spring. This is a time for family, home, hearth, new beginnings, relationships, world peace, personal growth and magick. It’s an amazing time of year. It’s also the time of year we need to build our immune systems to ward off colds, flu and other ailments.
Love of Lotus offers a Flu Shot Tea that is formulated with herbs that build your immune system and restore balance. Like with all our products, we use only herbs that are either organic, wild crafted or organically grown by me. We only buy from suppliers that are kind to Gaia and use only sustainable practices.
Herbs are our original medicine, they have worked since ancient times and it’s what cured and healed us up to just 100 years ago, before Big Pharma came along. Even today, herbs can do what man made medicine can’t and the effects that are healing to you mind, body and soul aren’t possible for man to duplicate. This is why they have scarce to no negative effects. The body works as one, you can’t treat one part without treating the others with herbs. Everything is connected. It’s not scientifically possible to treat or harm one part of the body without treating or harming another. The body heal as a whole organism. This is balance, only available through Gaia.
Here I’m going to tell you the herbs in our Flu Shot Tea and a little about each herb. I will only give a general overview, I’m not trying to write a book here 🙂 The tea is geared toward building immune and healing from colds and flu so I’ll stick to those benefits here. I strongly urge you to do your own research to expand your knowledge. What I’m posting here is harldy scratching the surface of what these herbs can do. Every one of these herb could have an entire book written on their benefits, their amazing.
Hibiscus Flowers – These flowers not only add flavor and color to the tea, they really benefit your health. This National flower of Haiti was used by the Egyptians and Africans. These flowers are high in Vitamin C which boosts the immune system. Their anti-inflammatory, lower fevers due to their cooling effects, stimulate blood production and are known to cure a cough.
Elderberries – Relieves flu symptoms up to 4 days early while requiring less over the counter and prescription medication. Reduces the severity of illness, including the flu. They have no side effects. The phytonutrients in these berries bind to viruses, preventing the flu and other illnesses. Elderberries inhibit the spread of the flu. They are anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, antimicrobial, Boosts immune due to their high leaves of vitamin C and antioxidants and even prevent cancer. These little berries bring big benefits!!
Olive Leaf – This is another herb that’s great for viruses. Olive Leaf interacts with viruses to halt infections by stopping viral replication. This powerful immune booster is effective against parasites as well as viruses and bacteria. Their anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial
Lemon Grass – This is another anti-inflammatory and antibacterial herb. This one boosts the immune system due to high levels of vitamin C. It’s also anti-inflammatory and helps cleanse and detoxify the kidneys, pancreas, bladder and liver. It’s always good to remove toxins!!
Chamomile – This herb is a staple in any herbalist’s apothecary. Chamomile is antioxidant, antibacterial, fights free radical damage, reduces pain and swelling and clears congested sinuses. Chamomile increases the production of white blood cells, macrophages and B-lymphocytes which work to destroy viruses, bacteria and fungi The high levels of hippurate and glycine alleviate a sore throat. This one does a heck of a lot more than relax you and help you sleep.
Orange Peel – This is another one that boosts the immune system due to the high levels of vitamin C. Orange Peel clears the lungs by braking up and expelling phlegm. This is commonly known to fight colds and flu.
Echinacea Root and Echinacea Leaf – These two have very similar properties since their from the same plant. Echinacea is antibacterial, immunity enhancing, antiviral and reduces the risk of catching a cold by 58%. Echinacea also supports the lymphatic system and shortens duration of colds by 1.4 days. It’s also a sialagogue (increases the flow of saliva) This is one of my favorites.
That’s a brief overview of Love of Lotus’s Flu Shot Tea. It has a sweet flavor and goes great with honey, agave nectar or just plain by itself.
What do you know about the above herbs? What other herbs have you used for colds and flu. Share them below!! Share resources if you have them too. Knowledge applied is wisdom and that brings a lot of power. Let’s all share what we know, do our own research and increase our knowledge and power!!
Here are some great resources: livealittlelonger.com, theplantway.com, naturalnews.com, newhealthadvisor.org, draxe.com, simplyhealth.today, organicfacts.net, globalhealingcenter.com, mountainroseherbs.com