Strengthen the immune system with the help of nature’s pharmacies

Strengthen the immune system with the help of nature’s pharmacies

Winter, snuff, cold and flu have been synonymous since the beginning of time. And of course, there was a cure to get long before our modern medicine was invented. Mushrooms, roots, flowers, leaves and berries are the basis of nature's pharmacy for a healthy winter - here are some of the lesser-known.

An old Chinese saying goes: "If you eat a piece of ginger every morning, the pharmacist dies of hunger." And of course, ginger seems to be an excellent spice to use daily.

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Ginger is an old medicinal plant widely used in Asia and Africa. It has traditionally been used in Chinese folk medicine to counteract nausea, especially in sickness, seasickness or pregnancy. There are two substances in the ginger that account for the curative effect - gingerol and shogaol. These substances are the ones that make the ginger have its peculiar, strong taste and they can reduce the risk of stomach ulcers. Ginger also functions to soothe the stomach, reduces gases and stimulates metabolism and digestion.

Ginger works anti-inflammatory and can provide good help with joint problems. It helps reduce pain and swelling in the joints. Ginger also has a detoxifying effect. It stimulates the body to secrete bile which causes the fat to break down as well as lowers the bad cholesterol. It increases the body's blood circulation. Last but not least, ginger is good for colds. It is considered antibacterial and strengthens the immune system due to its high content of antioxidants.


This bitterness of bitterness is also called “king of bitters” and is a popular medicinal plant from Asia. It is used, among other things, to counteract the flu and relieve cold symptoms such as fever and sore throat, as it is considered to have a supportive effect on the immune system. The plant is also said to help with digestive disorders.


Astralagus membranaceus is the foremost energy boost in the Asian medicine cabinet. In Mandarin, it is called Huang Qi, in Swedish milkweeds, and grows wild in large parts of China. Qi is also the word for energy. In traditional Chinese medicine, the root, the only part of the plant used, has been used as a general reinforcer against fatigue, stomach problems and infections. The herb is an adaptogen. 


Elderberries are rich in the antioxidant quercetin which is said to have both anti-inflammatory and antihistamine-like properties. Available among other things as tasty syrup and is considered to help with flu symptoms, as well as relieve cough and sinus problems. Elderberries are said to have been one of Hippocrates’ favourite herbs because of their many uses.

Holy basil

Tea of basil can be helpful in infectious diseases and is considered, for example, to relieve fever. The accessible spice door is said to provide support to the adrenal glands and is thus also considered to support the immune system indirectly. Brew tea on dried basil, or try tea bags with several kinds of basil and enjoy when it has cooled slightly. Also, use the fresh spice in cooking.


Oregano is also called nature’s own antibiotic. In addition to being rich in nutrients such as vitamins A, C, E and K, the popular pizza spice is said to have several immune-supporting properties such as being anti-inflammatory, antiviral and bactericidal. In addition to being a taste enhancer of rank, oregano is also considered to bite into really tough bacteria.

Pau d’arco

Pau d’arco is a bark from the tree of the same name. Tea or tincture made on the bark is considered to be a virus, bacterial, fungal and parasitic, and it is said to strengthen the immune system. It is also said to have a stimulating effect on the spleen. The tea is boiled for about 20 minutes, after which the bark which gives a tea with a deep rusty colour is filtered off, two cups a day are considered adequate.


The energizing adaptogen ginseng is also said to strengthen the immune system by increasing interferon. Many people take ginseng to feel more energetic and energetic, but it can also be useful in cold times to enhance the body’s defence against viruses. Ginseng originates from Asia where it is sometimes called “the root of life”.

Olive leaves

In folk medicine, the leaves of the olive tree have been used extensively to cure inflammation and reduce fever. Olive leaves contain polyphenols, the most important of which is oleuropein, which in studies has been shown to inhibit several common cold viruses. Olive leaf extract can be used for both preventive and when the infection has already spread, and you want to get rid of it quickly. It also has a strengthening effect on the immune system.


One of nature’s most versatile medicinal plants. Common in folk medicine as relief from colds and coughs. Ginger also relieves in case of nausea. Used as a spice in the food, but you can also make a brew by pouring boiling water over a few slices of the root. Enjoy with lemon and honey (remember that the honey should not be too hot). Also available as a tincture. 


Garlic is rich in antioxidants and is considered to have both antibacterial and antiviral properties, making it especially popular in cold periods. Spice up your food with garlic, extra efficient if it is raw, as the active substances can be affected by heating. However, not everyone is equally fond of smelling strongly of garlic, so it may be good to choose garlic in the form of capsules instead.


Licorice is considered to be a pure miracle cure and is said to be good for a variety of troubles. This root is considered to support the adrenal glands – good as stress adversely affects the immune system. By strengthening the body’s ability to cope with stress, the immune system is also indirectly supported. Licorice is also said to act more directly by helping the body’s defence against viruses.

Maitake Medicinal

Fungus and adaptogen that grow mainly in Japan and North America, but can also occur in southern Sweden. In Japan, it is both a widespread food fungus and medicine. It contains a substance that has blood sugar regulating effect. The fungus is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that can act anti-inflammatory. It is said to help balance the immune system and is considered to have cholesterol-lowering properties.

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