Does my immune system work? Which herbs help?

The weather is wet and cold, you have stress at work and you feel sickly. Our immune system has the task of protecting our body from pathogens. In this article, I am concerned with the question of how does my immune system and with which medicinal herbs, can I ward off attacks on my immune system?


How does my immune system work?
Most infectious agents can not get through to us. Reason for this is our body surface, such. B. Skin that protects us from it. Therefore, these infectious agents (viruses, bacteria, parasites, fungi etc) can be well repelled. Our immune system consists of cells that have the task of communicating with each other in order to counteract the hostile infectious agents. If the function of our immune system is disturbed, then our body is no longer properly protected, which can lead to a variety of health problems.

Disorders of the immune system
If the immune system is disturbed, it comes to a frequent susceptibility to infection. Nevertheless, it is not always just about diseases of the body. Sleep deprivation, stress, vitamin and mineral deficiencies often cause these symptoms. In severe diseases, such as AIDS, cancer or diabetes, it also leads to a weaker immune system.
In addition, it is more common for people to get allergies. This can be done directly when you come in contact with a substance that you are allergic to. In autoimmune diseases, however, the immune system attacks the body’s own cells and destroys them.

Which medicinal herbs help with complaints of the immune system?
With increased susceptibility to infection
Herbs such as the coneflower, the Cape Perlagonie and the Cat’s Claw help. The cat’s claw is currently available only in Austria, beyond also achieved relief in autoimmune diseases. All of these herbs have immune stimulating healing powers.
In allergies, the purple sunhat is said to have supportive effects.
Immunodeficiency due to severe illness
In the meantime, it has been scientifically proven that mistletoe preparations support severe illnesses. They are used in the treatment of cancer and severe joint disease. For this you have to clarify the details with your doctor.

Marshmallow syrup – a good ally in the cough time

Especially in the time when one in two coughs, one is grateful to have Mother Nature’s help to reduce the cough as well. A good ally in the cough time is Marshmallow. Folk marshmallow is used mainly for diseases of the respiratory system and the gastrointestinal tract because of the contained mucilage, which soothes irritation on all mucous membranes. For mucous respiratory tracts, an expectorant should be used because marshmallow has no expectorant effect and should be used better for dry cough. It has a soothing, hemostatic, anti-inflammatory, softening, immunostimulating, soothing, toning, warming and inhibiting the activity of ciliary hair in the bronchi.

Sonnenkind Thyme – a homemade thyme syrup
Do not give a chance with cold Swiss stone pine colds

Marshmallow syrup making it yourself
Making herbal syrups yourself is a sensible alternative to commercial products, because you can make them when you need them. The basic ingredients are always the medicinal herb, sugar and water. Basically, the more sugar in the syrup, the longer it will last. You can use sugar for everyone, preferably the one you have at home.

35 gr dried marshmallow root
ΒΌ liter of water
250 grams of sugar
A storage container

For this you put the marshmallow root in the water overnight. The next day you are rooting. Cook the water with the sugar until the mixture is viscous (about 7 minutes). Hot fill into the container. The marshmallow syrup lasts for 16 weeks. The marshmallow root can be obtained from the pharmacy or online, see link below the blog.

Adult 3x daily 1 tbsp, children over 10 years 3x daily a tsp. (For smaller children, consult with the pediatrician.)

Herbs against the spring fatigue

Spring always begins with spring fatigue. But which herbs really help? Is there an ideal tea for the spring fatigue?

Finally, the days are getting longer, you can hear the birds chirping again. The first signs of spring are here and so are the first spring herbs. If there were not this constant spring fatigue. With the following herbs you can fight well against the spring fatigue.

Herbs against the spring fatigue

For thousands of years people have trusted the nettle. It is versatile and a marvel of ingredients, it contains it contains histamine, formic acid, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, etc. These act well against the spring fatigue, as they increase the body’s defenses. In addition, nettle helps against inflammatory bowel disease, urinary tract infections, high blood pressure and supports the prostate.

The dandelion root is considered a tonic and helps against all weakness states to bring the body back into swing. The dandelion root strengthens the kidneys, the liver, the pancreas, the spleen, the intestine and the stomach and also helps to remove toxins from the body. In addition, dandelion works laxative and in case of skin problems.

The healing power of mint

From our kitchen, it is hard to imagine the mint. There are countless species and they can be used to spice up food or to refine long drinks. Often it is forgotten that she has great healing effects. In my contribution today I have put together something about the healing properties of mint, also you will find a delicious mint lemon balm syrup recipe.

The mint – an all-rounder
Originally the peppermint came from the far east to us. Since the 17th century, it has been used in a wide variety of diseases. The mint species belong to the mint family. Ackerminze is common almost throughout Europe. The ‘real peppermint’, however, grows exclusively in cultures. From other mints, the peppermint differs in particular by their high menthol content and the taste reminiscent of pepper. Healing in the plant leaves, from which the mint oil is obtained. The pure mint oil differs significantly from the essential mint oil in its healing effect.


Used externally, pure mint oil relieves local pain, such as headache and neuralgic pain. Achieves success in colds by inhaling with the essential peppermint oil through. People who often suffer from headaches should rub their temples with peppermint oil or mint oil.
Even with muscle pain or heavy legs by standing too long or sports the freshness of the mint acts by rubbing, for example with a rapeseed oil-peppermint oil mixture. This is refreshing, cooling and soothing.
Internally, it also has an analgesic and antispasmodic effect. In addition, the mint oil with its by-products triggers a bile-promoting effect, brings gallstone colic or caused by bile galling pain to subside and intestinal spasms and intestinal inflammation. The field mint is used for this.

Traditional Medicine

In the folk medicine one finds in addition a tea against high blood pressure and against irregular heart activity: 100 g peppermint leaves, 100 g chamomile, 50 g yarrow, 50 g anise seeds, 50 g fennel and 50 g caraway. Take 1 teaspoon of this mixture for 1 cup in the infusion and drink 2 to 3 cups a day at the same time.

Mint is of course as an oil in a variety of homemade products from my blog inside. So you can find them, for example, in a homemade mouthwash, as an aid against pregnancy sickness.

The strawberry is a fruit of love

In my contribution today I would like to dedicate myself to the strawberry. In addition to the numerous applications in the culinary arts, it also has excellent healing properties. In addition, there are also some delicious recipes that I would like to introduce you.

Strawberry – fruit of love

Basically, the strawberry is distinguished from the wild strawberry. It has been referred to in ancient herbal books as a fruit of love and anyone who has bitten once, knows why. For healing purposes, you can only use the forest strawberry. It blooms from April to June and depending on the location you can harvest the fruits from May / June until autumn.
In folk medicine, the plant was consumed as tea more often. This has a diuretic and astringent. According to Willfort, there are also traditions in which the plant is used for intestinal diseases, gout and nerve inflammation. In addition, it has a positive effect on the stool, purifies the blood and strengthens. Attention, if there is an allergy you have to do without the use of wild strawberry as a remedy. [1, p.126]

Garden Strawberry – Gardening or Urbangardening

The garden strawberry also grows in my garden and is very easy to grow as it is not very demanding. It is one of the first fruits that can be harvested in spring. If you feel like it, you can also pull the strawberry on the balcony or the terrace. It needs to be watered regularly and prefers a sunny spot with a humus rich soil. Strawberries are perennial plants, which are counted among the perennial plants. Both flowers and fruits form on long herbaceous stems near the ground. Strawberries are perennial, so I love them so much. It is a great pleasure to bring fruits for the first time in spring. There are numerous varieties, all of which are delicious. From July usually gets young plants.

Strawberry ice cream

There are really many recipes here. Mine is relatively creamy, but with less sugar.

Pureed 300 g strawberries and
250 ml of cream as well
2 tablespoons of sugar (you’ll have to taste the bulk to avoid the ice from getting too sweet or too bitter.) By processing my own garden strawberries, they already had a sweetie and I did not need more sugar.)
Puree strawberries with the blender. Whip the cream. Then mix strawberry puree, stiff cream and the sugar in a saucepan. Put it in the ice cream machine. I had my ice cream inside for 10 minutes.