Cold and flu season is upon us and the spread of a new virus is causing global concern. Wondering how high quality herbal remedies can help you through? Let’s outline some of the ways herbs offer support, while unpacking some of the nuances of how plants interact with the human immune system. 

Immune support has two sides: prevention and treatment. In the world of plant medicine, we speak in terms of immunomodulating and immunostimulating herbs. 

Immunomodulating Herbs

Immune tonics are powerful herbs known to help your body bolster its own natural defense mechanism. Many of these tonic herbs are also adaptogens, which work to balance the body’s physical, mental, and emotional response to stress. They act a bit like an internal neighborhood watch system to build your resistance. They make sure your body is revved up and ready to repel viral invaders. These tonifying herbs act cumulatively and are best taken regularly to have a beneficial and prolonged effect. That’s why we leverage these for our Custom Mab Tabs, which are to be taken every day. With daily use, herbs like Ashwagandha, Astragalus, Tulsi or “Holy Basil”, Rhodiola, Shisandra, Lemon Balm, and Ginseng are seen to be very helpful in providing optimal daily support to your immune system.

Working in tandem and partnership with immunomodulating tonic herbs are a category of herbs we refer to as immune stimulants. Herbs with this action are to be taken on a short-term basis at the first signs of illness, such as a cold or flu. They may also be taken to help speed recovery during convalescence. Immune stimulants, such as organic Echinacea and responsibly cultivated Golden Seal, are a great way to ramp up your body’s ability to cope when you’re exposed to sick people at work or when you’re traveling by airplane. Use these herbs to “stimulate” your immunity over the short term for maximum impact. Let the tonic immunomodulating herbs play the maintenance and daily support role, as they are okay to take on a long-term basis.  Ginger and Green Tea are immune stimulants that are great for everyday use.  

Burdock can also play a key role in protecting against inflammation, which is of course an immune response in the body. Burdock is also great for its antimicrobial properties and is rich in vitamin C. Red Clover is seen to have antiviral properties and is used to soothe respiratory inflections. Elderberry is perhaps the best known immune warrior herb. We include this valuable and delicious herb in all custom Mab Tab blends.

Don’t forget that eating well and getting plenty of sleep, as well as washing your hands frequently, are also very helpful in staving off pathogens and staying strong throughout cold and flu season.

Team Mab may be mixing up a seasonal booster designed for short-term support to supplement your custom daily Mab Tab. We release small batch and beta products to our subscribers first, so be sure to get on the list, if you aren’t already. Drop us a note on Instagram and let us know what’s on your wish list for a Mab Tab boosters. Cheers!

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