With the arrival of the cold season, our entire organism, but especially the upper respiratory tract , is threatened by bacteria and viruses , which can cause colds and flu . Vaccines are made available every year by the Ministry of Health that guarantee immunity against the flu strain which is expected to be the most common for that year, but, of course, such vaccine will not be able to provide adequate defense against "the 'infinity' of bacteria or viruses that could invade our organism.
Here, then, is the growing interest in those plants with an immunostimulating action, that is, able to strengthen the body's natural defenses, so as to make the organism less subject to aggression by harmful external agents; in this way the flu episodes can be reduced or alleviated, in a completely natural way.
Infusion of Echinacea
Echinacea is a herbaceous plant native to Mexico and North America, with strong immunostimulating properties . It increases the body's defenses and assists it in countering the attack of viruses, bacteria and even some fungi. It is therefore very suitable for preventing and treating respiratory tract infections such as colds, coughs, laryngitis, sinusitis and pharyngitis . It also stimulates the production of white blood cells , the immune cells active in the defense against pathogens.
With the lowering of temperatures it becomes pleasant to relax at home drinking herbal teas or infusions; So why not transform this moment into a break that is at the same time fortifying, taking an infusion based on Echinacea to increase one's natural defenses?
Pour 1 gram of dried Echinacea (equal to about 2 teaspoons) into a cup of boiling water. Cover and leave to infuse for 10 minutes, then filter through a sieve. This infusion, when consumed once a day, is excellent for coughs, colds and sore throats. It can be sweetened with a teaspoon of lime honey, which is an additional help for a sore throat.