Flu and flu season are here. Many herbalists last year planted a garden that boosts their immune system, and now they have a full supply of medicinal plants to pass them through this winter. You can plan for the next growth season
Hippocrates said, “Eat food with your medicine.” All of this is true today. A diet rich in vitamins and minerals helps to support a strong immune system. Health experts recommend eating a variety of healthy plant-based foods in rainbow colors. Here is a list of some of the most important and important nutrients to support good immune health – herbs are on the list.
Ginger (Zingiber Official) – An effective anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agent in many cultures and supported by strong scientific research. Contains copper, magnesium, manganese and potassium for antimicrobial properties. Confucius is said to have eaten only a small portion of each meal. It likes to grow in pots and pans in humid tropical climates, but grows better than expected in the north. Plants need frost-free weather for 8-10 months to reach maturity. Regular watering during the summer. Fertilizer is an option but if you choose it is organic fertilizer once a month. Harvest when the leaves turn yellow. Remove the entire plant from the root, store in a paper bag at room temperature or freeze for up to six months. Use it in the fridge or drink it as a tea. Combine sliced ginger in a saucepan with water and add honey.
Dandelion (Taraxacum) – Related to the good health of microbes, the web of microbes that live in our gut. The key to eating healthy probiotics, such as boiled vegetables, such as dandelions, is to maintain a healthy microbiome balance. The landlord is fortunate to have no access to the lawn. Bitterness is extremely durable and can be safely collected for food. Dandelion grows easily or is eaten in the wild. It germinates in 7-21 days, start 4–6 weeks indoors before the last frost or plant seeds after the last frost. When harvested, the leaves grow from low rosettes so you can collect the leaves individually or cut the plant at the base. Place the flowers in salads. Cook ripe leaves such as spinach, boil side dishes with oil and garlic, soak flowers in warm water for a taste of tea, and roast root coffee or tea.
Garlic (Allium) – A good anti-bacterial food that burns good bacteria to keep your intestinal microbiome healthy. It also contains harmful antibacterial drugs such as salmonella. Garlic has the ability to detect beneficial intestinal microflora and harmful foreign bacteria. It is one of the most wonderful medicinal foods. They can be ice. The taproot is bitter but edible. Flower heads can also be eaten.
Pick in the morning after the dew has dried. If you plan to plant, it is better to buy garlic at the farmers’ market. On a dry and cold day in October or November, plant 1 to 2 inches deep by 8 inches apart and make sure the tip is pointing upwards. Harvest when the bulb is fully charged. Pick up with a fork or shovel. Do not take it out. Do not refrigerate unless peeled or sliced. Place one cup of chopped garlic in a mason jar with one cup of raw honey, cover with a lid, store in a cool, dry place for 3-5 days. After 3-5 days secure lid, blow down, after 3-5 days loosen the lid – repeat the process for a month. Bubbles are common. In the winter, use honey in tea to increase immunity.
Echinacea Echinacea – Numerous studies show that this popular plant supports the immune system as well as antiviral and antimicrobial effects. We also call it the “cone flower”, which is used to treat respiratory and inflammatory conditions, well documented. echinacea is easy to grow. It prefers full sun to split shade in well-drained soil. Sow seeds directly at a distance of 12-24 inches. Check back every year. 1 / 4-1 / 2 cups of cauliflower can be used as a tea by measuring it into a cup of boiling water. Leave on for 15 minutes. To make a tincture, fill 2/3 of the mason jar with fresh or half-dried. Fill up with vodka. Store in a cool, dry place, shaking several times a week for six to eight weeks. Tinctures are herbal extracts that are soaked in alcohol or vinegar.
In addition to creating a healthy foundation, it requires a multi-level approach. For a strong immune system you need to include regular exercise and a healthy diet with a variety of vitamins and nutrients. Decreasing the level of stress has been linked to improving the immune system, and fortunately, home gardening therapy has been shown to have a stress-reducing effect.
Susan La Funten is a senior gardener for Ohio State University Extension Officers in the Sandsky and Ottawa Provinces.
This article was originally written by Fremont News-Messenger Predator Gardener Plan for 2022 Disease Garden