With cold weather comes all kinds of seasonal threats. That’s because some strains of colds and flus are more active in the fall and spring. We also tend to close up our homes, keeping fresh air out and stale and possible germ infected air in. For this reason, it’s important to keep your immune system functioning at its best. There are lots of ways to boost your immunity naturally from the comfort of your home.
One way to increase your immunity during cold and flu season is by using spices. The great thing about spices is that you don’t have to take them like you would take medicine. You can add them to your favorite foods and beverages. This makes it easy to include them in your everyday life.
Here are my top three favorite fall spices to help keep your immune system strong!
- Cloves. Cloves are a sweet and spicy addition to any recipe. While cloves are typically used in pumpkin-based desserts, they can be used in a variety of dishes, including meats, fruits, and more. Cloves are anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, which make them perfect for fighting against seasonal threats. Plus, cloves are full of other vitamins and minerals.
- Turmeric. Turmeric is a favorite all year round, but it can be a great addition to all your fall recipes. It’s popular in alternative medicine, and it has been for centuries. Curcumin is in turmeric and can help with inflammation and infection. You can try making an at-home turmeric tea or golden milk latte to boost your immunity. To make sure reap all the benefits of turmeric, be sure to add black pepper to your recipes.
- Cardamom. There are two types of cardamom—green and black. Both green and black cardamom can boost your immunity. Black cardamom is very effective when it comes to fighting off colds and other seasonal threats. Cardamom oil, which comes from the seeds, can relieve throat soreness too.
To keep seasonal threats at bay this fall, try adding cloves, turmeric, and cardamom to the next dish you prepare. You can also look for recipes that specifically call for these spices to get you in the fall spirit while prioritizing your health.
I use turmeric and black pepper everyday, along with the immunity boost I get from them, they also help to relieve the inflammation in my joints. We just celebrated Christmas and my holiday ham was encrusted with cloves. I have a little harder time getting cardamom into my diet, but I do diffuse cardamom oil
Get in the habit of enjoying these fall spices in recipes throughout the cooler months. By using them on a regular basis, you can keep your immune system functioning at its best and protect yourself from seasonal threats. Plus, you can continue to use these spices if you happen to get sick. They may help you to recover more quickly.