Echinacea, an herb that is native to the Rocky Mountains of the United States, is most famous for its therapeutic and healing effects, as well as its ability to boost the immune system. Research has shown that it increases your body's amount of white blood cells, which is important because white blood cells are key to fighting infection in the body. More importantly, Echinacea is rich in polysaccharides, glycoproteins, alkamides, volatile oils, essential oils, flavonoids, Vitamin C, and inulin - making it a strong force against cold and flu symptoms.
Because it contains such a unique blend of naturally-occurring chemicals that combat both infection and inflammation, Echinacea can not only help to prevent sickness, but also help to ease the irritation of an inflamed, itchy throat. Along with having potential pain-relieving properties, Echinacea has been found to have both antiviral and antioxidant properties which aid in its ability to keep your body healthy and your immune system strong.
According to a study conducted by researchers at The University of Connecticut's School of Pharmacy, Echinacea cuts the chance of catching the common cold by a whopping 58%.
If you're looking to steer-clear of catching a cold this season, we currently offer Echinacea tea, which is naturally caffeine-free.
Ashwagandha is an Indian herb that is famous in the world of Ayurvedic medicine. It is a powerful antioxidant that works to protect the body from harm, and is a well-known adaptogen.
Because it is an adaptogen, Ashwagandha has the ability to "adapt" to specific health needs within our bodies, such as varying hormone levels and stress levels. This is key to keeping our body healthy, because stress - whether internal or external - can have an immunosuppressive effect on the body, meaning it reduces the strength of our immune system. When our immune system becomes weakened, we are extremely vulnerable to sickness because our body cannot fight back efficiently against infection and illness. Ashwagandha's adaptogenic properties are what allow it to reduce the immunosuppressive effects of stress on the body, and keep our immune system up.
Just like Echinacea, Ashwagandha can increase both white blood cell and killer cell count, which also help to strengthen the body’s immunity and help fight a wide range of diseases.
Ashwagandha has also been found to increase endurance, improve brain function, and reduce aches and pains - all of which are things we need when we're feeling under the weather from a cold or flu.
Ashwagandha is rich in iron, tannins, glucose, potassium nitrate, alkaloids, glycowithanolides, and fatty acids - all of which contribute to the body's overall health and well-being.