As a parent, your priority is the health of your child. You do all you can to keep her healthy – feed her nutritious food, keep her warm in cold weather, pay regular visits to the doctor, and ensure she is free from illnesses. But, if her immune system is weak, all these measures would not be of much help.
A strong immune system protects your child from all kinds of diseases. According to Natural News, while some people are blessed with a good set of genes that ensure a strong immune system, others must build one through proper diet and a healthy lifestyle.
Vaccinations and antibiotics might help your child to a certain extent. In this context, trying natural remedies might help. This article looks at 5 must-have natural herbs that can boost immunity in children.
Echinacea is a herb that is widely used to fight various infections, including common cold and the flu in children. According to WebMD, this herb activates chemicals in the human body that decrease inflammation and lead to reduction in cold and flu symptoms.
Indian Echinacea is known as the ‘King of Bitters’ and used widely in many Ayurvedic formulas. Planet Ayurveda says Echinacea helps to activate the general defence function of the immune system and stimulates the production of antibiotics.
Echinacea products are available in the form of tablets, juice, and tea.
Note: You should limit your child’s dose of Echinacea. Higher doses may cause dizziness and heart palpitations.
There are many varieties of Ginseng herb. According to ABC Health & Wellbeing, the three main types are: Asian Ginseng, American Ginseng, and the Siberian Ginseng. Of these, the commonly used is the Asian Ginseng. It has shown to enhance immune functions of the body.
Note: Although, there are no natural food sources of ginseng, it is sometimes added to energy drinks and food.
Did you know that the humble Turmeric can provide a boost to your immune system? There is a reason why people have been consuming turmeric with milk for ages. The article, Fight infections and boost your immunity with turmeric, published in NDTV says, according to a research published in the journal PLOS ONE (Public Library of Science) curcumin, a compound found in turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties that helps boost immunity and helps the body to defend itself and function at its best capability.
Note: Turmeric may cause nausea and diarrhoea in some people.
The Elderberry herb works to enhance the immune system of your child. Mindbodygreen says elderberries are loaded with an antioxidant – quercetin – that has anti-inflammatory effects. This natural herb also helps to fight viral and bacterial infections in children.
Note: Unlike most herbs, elderberry has a great taste and can be used to make elderberry syrup.
5) Cat’s Claw
Cat’s Claw is the name of a natural herb and has nothing to do with the feline creature. Natural News says although, this herb, which has its origins in Peru, is used commonly for stomach problems but is slowly becoming known as a good immune response stimulator, which helps children to fight off infection and degenerative diseases.
Note: Some people may experience diarrhea, dizziness, and fatigue.
These herbs my not always prevent your child from becoming ill but it can give a boost to their immunity system and help decrease the severity and duration of the illness.
Indian herbs not only boost immunity but they are also used as flavouring agents in Indian cuisine. Take a look at the many benefits of Indian herbs in the following ClipBook.