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Soil to Soul...Tea It Up....

If this current climate has taught me anything, it is the imporatnce of immune system self-care. What we put into our bodies impacts our immune system. I do my best to eat healthy including adopting eating probiotic rich foods such as kimchi, yogurt and sauerkraut to support my gut health. Aside from food I am a BIG proponent of herbs and teas..

Before I go any further, I am not a doctor, this post is not meant to treat or diagnose anything. With the guidance of my awesome master herbalist Ms. L, I am able to provide the medicinal back story for the various herbs/teas that I use daily to support my immune system..

Now that I have that out of the way, here are just a few of my staple teas and its impact on the body:

Chaga tea is derived from the chaga mushroom; it is loaded with antioxidants, provides immune system support, improves chronic inflammation, cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

We know how ginger moves; this root is a strong decongestent and natural antihistimine. As a tea it has been known to reduce inflammation, boost the immune system and support circulation. I normally have ginger tea with honey and lemon..yum!

Lately there has been buzz on the healing properties of tumeric. It is a staple of indian food; however it has been used as an herbal remedy in Indian Ayurvedic medicine. Tumeric's active ingredient is curcumin which has anti-inflammatory and immune boosting properties.

I have never had this as a tea; more of staple of my recipies-garlic is infamous for its healing properties; it has been shown to enhance the immune system by way of stimulating certain immune cells and regulating the secretion of cytokines. Cytokines are natural chemicals produced by immune cells that aids the immune system.

When it comes to immune system protection, Echinacea is wildly popular. It is commonly used to fight colds and the flu; it is an antiviral and antibacterial herb; when I am feeling under the weather, I either do the tea or take it as an extract.

What are your staple herbs/teas?

"Don't eat anything your great-great grandmother would'nt recognize as food"

-Michael Pollan

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