We’re always learning more about the power of plants at LEVO HQ. Our Head of Operations, Sarah Ingram, recommends some immune-boosting herbs below that you can add to your infusions. Check them out and share what you make with #LEVOmade.
Garlic has been used as a food or herb for many years. It is a warming herb with beneficial properties such as anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, expectorant, and immune stimulant, making it a powerful ally during cold and flu seasons.
Eating raw garlic cloves can aide the respiratory system or stimulate the immune system by thinning mucus and resolving a fever.
#LEVOmade usage: Try garlic-infused honey.
Lemon balm can be used in traditional medicine as a digestive tonic or aid with sleep. It is believed to promote calmness and ease stress. It has anti-viral properties that can soothe the stomach especially if you feel you are coming down with a cold or bug.
#LEVOmade usage: Infuse lemon balm with olive oil or honey and use it as a dressing over salads or baked goods.
With its natural antiviral properties, thyme can stimulate the body’s defenses against colds and cases of flu. It can also be used as a sodium/salt substitute in your foods to help lower blood pressure or high cholesterol. As an herb packed with Vitamin C, thyme can help when you feel a cold coming on. It also has aromatic and therapeutic effects to positively boost your mood.
#LEVOmade usage: Infuse thyme in a neutral oil to create a calming bath bomb.
The herbaceous echinacea can help combat the flu and colds. Its roots and leaves have traditionally been used for medicinal purposes. It boosts the immune system and reduces many common symptoms of colds, flu and other illnesses, infections, and conditions.
#LEVOmade usage: Try combining echinacea and ginger for a honey infusion.
Let us know what immune-boosting herbs work for you and share what you make at @LEVO_oil.