Immunity and Wellbeing

A healthy immune system is essential to fight off the common cold and allergies such as hayfever. The immune system is made up of physical barriers such as the skin, tissue linings and mucous membranes, as well as an internal defence system which attacks and destroys foreign substances. The internal system includes white blood cells, antibodies, and immune proteins and chemicals. When the immune system is working well and is in balance it protects against harmful bacteria, microbes and viruses.

When the immune system is not in balance, it increases the chances of contracting colds, allergies and hayfever, as well as other common infections. Colds are acute infections of the throat and nose. They are the most common cause of illness for children and adults and are caused by up to 200 different types of viruses. The viruses that cause colds are contagious and are spread through sneezing, coughing and hand contact.

Herbal support:

Andrographis and Echinacea – may reduce the frequency and severity of mild upper respiratory tract infections, such as colds. These herbs may also help to relieve symptoms of the common cold.

Garlic – may provide relief from mucous congestion and colds. If you do not like the taste in your cooking, it is available in supplement form.

Horseradish – this herb is traditionally used in Western herbal medicine to help relieve the symptoms of hayfever and the common cold and may help relieve excess mucous in the respiratory passages.

Marshmallow – soothes and relieves irritation, especially of mucous membrane surfaces. It may help maintain the immune system and provide relief from an irritating and dry cough.