5 Holistic Ways to Support Immune Function

by Melissa Chichester

Cold and flu viruses can be spread year-round, but there are certain times every year when it is more common to experience symptoms. Instead of watching the calendar and hoping for the best, use these self-care techniques to support the immune system so you can feel your healthy best all year.

Drink Echinacea tea

If you’re not a regular tea drinker, consider kicking coffee and cold brew to the curb for a few days by switching to an immune friendly tea, like Echinacea. Echinacea has been used by Native Americans for centuries to support the immune system, and today many people use it as an herbal supplement.* Drinking it in warm tea form mixed with lemon juice and honey can help soothe your throat and provide much needed hydration.

Diffuse eucalyptus and peppermint oil

Diffusing cooling oils like eucalyptus and peppermint oil help open up the nasal passages with their naturally fresh scent, providing some relief.

Try herbal elderberry

Most of us automatically head to the old standby, Vitamin C, when we feel under the weather to support our immune system.* There’s no doubt that Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and also used for immune support; however, many people are not aware that elderberry is an herb that has been traditionally used for immune support.*  Elderberry, which is an herb that contains beneficial flavonoids that are known for wellness, has antioxidant properties.*

Take a sauna

A warm, calming sauna will help take your mind off of anything that may be bothering you, at least for a little while. The steam and warm air relaxes your body to help promote mental and physical wellness. In addition, saunas encourage natural detoxification by encouraging sweat; these toxins release from perspiration.

Make your favorite soup

A nourishing bowl of soup can pack the right nutritional punch to help your system stay at its healthy best. Soups with immune support encouraging vegetables and herbs like mushrooms, garlic, and kale flood your body with the nutrients it needs to prop up your immune system.* The heat from spices and peppers help to stimulate your nasal passages. encourage sinus clearing and naturally help with congestion. Plus, the broth provides extra fluids to avoid dehydration.