It’s the time of the year cold and respiratory illnesses rear up their stuffy heads. Our immune system works hard to keep us healthy. Below we have listed the top five herbs that help boost your immune system. Check them out!

1. Echinacea

This popular herb can be enjoyed as a tea. It is a member of the daisy family and has been found to prevent and treat those nasty upper respiratory infections and even the common cold!

2. Ginseng

This herb has a lot of subspecies. But in general, it is known to be an anti-inflammatory and has anti-cancer properties. Studies have shown that is can improve immune health as well as psychological functions, as well as conditions like diabetes.

3. Garlic

This spice has a long history. Garlic has been confirmed to help in cardiovascular patients, as well as having anti-microbial and antineoplastic properties. It can easily be added to food while cooking in the kitchen.

4. Ginger

This special herb has shown to reduce inflammation, help with cardiovascular conditions, and even with blood clots and cholesterol. It has even been seen to inhibit the behavior of genes that are genetically connected to inflammatory processes.

5. Turmeric

This spice actually contains curcumin, which is known to have antioxidant properties. It is also antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and it even can soothe an upset stomach. It helps reduce the inflammation throughout the body by stimulating the adrenal glands to release more hormones. It is also seen to protect the liver from the damaging effects of alcohol and other toxins.

As always, be sure to check with your health care provider before seeking alternative treatments for any existing conditions.