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Herbal Immune Boost Tonics

January 17 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Sorry, we had to cancel this class due to weather. We will reschedule in the coming months.

Learn about Herbal Immune Boost Tonics
Hands on workshop to learn how to make your own herbal immune system boost. Join Terri Wilde as we process locally grown echinacea and make our own fire cider to take home for personal use. We will also review of common plant and mushroom allies that promote healthy immune system function and healthy living tips. Bring a small jar or bottle to bring your tonic home with you.

winter tonic handout

Staying Healthy in Winter

Immune System Supports

Winter can present our body and spirits with many challenges. Give yourself some extra support to stay healthy and happy.

Start with these important tips:

Sleep: Get enough and quality sleep. Our bodies are designed to sleep more in the dark time of year. Listen to your body and allow extra sleep. (Also a good time to pay attention to your dreams. Try waking up without an alarm and writing them down )

Sunshine: Get out into it on the rare moments it shines. Get outside regularly, rain or shine.

Community: Find quality time to be with people. Reduce Stress.

Eat well. Eat fresh food and fruits and vegetables, eat foods with lots of vitamins. Con- sider D and C vitamin supplements.

Avoid toxic exposures. Eat organic and avoid genetically engineered foods. Lessen toxins in your environment. Don’t use pesticides, artificial incense, perfumes. Use only non-toxic home and body products; laundry soaps, lotions, shampoos, make-up, soap, home cleaning supplies,

Take the day off before you get sick. Listen to your body’s early warning signs and give it the care and attention it needs to stay healthy.

Use Herbal Allies to boost your immunity.

Use more spices and herbs in cooking
Make and drink herbal tonic teas
Have herbal allies available for boosting immunity

Herbal Allies to boost your immunity.

Tonics: strengthen your immune system over time. They help our bodies adapt and balance and can be used regularly. These herbs are considered immune “tonics” or Immunomodulators. Herbal Immunomodulators support the immune system. They are slower acting with more prolonged effects, used for longer periods of time, balancing, adaptogens, daily use in fall and winter.

Elderberry, Astragalus, Ginseng, Holy basil, Ashwagandha, Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng), Reishi, Rhodiola, Shitake, Schisandra, Calendula, Chaga (mushroom),
Lion’s Mane (mushroom), Maitake (mushroom), Turkey Tail (mushroom)

Immune stimulants: Another use for herbs is when we need to stimulate our body’s immune response when we have been exposed to conditions that might cause us to be ill, or if we feel the first symptoms of something coming on.
Echinacea, Spilanthes, Garlic, Myrrh, Usnea

Herb Antimicrobials: for acute infections, immediate, short term, often antimicrobial as well as boosting immune system. Caution with people with autoimmune conditions or that “run hot”. Baptisisa, Uva-Ursi, Monarda, Black Pepper, Calendula, Cayenne, Chamomile, Skullcap, Cinnamon, Clove, Elder, Eucaliptus, Sage, Garlic, Ginger, Hyssop, Lavender, Lemonbalm, Lomatium, Oregon Grape Root, Osha, Redroot (Ceanothus), Rosemary, Thyme, Spilanthes Usnea, Yarrow

Possible ways to incorporate herbs into use:

Make up an herbal immune boost tonic for the winter.
Possible recipe: Elderberry, Red Banded Conk mushroom, Turkey Tail mushroom, honey, and alcohol (whisksey?) for preservation

Fire Cider—apple cider vinegar: Horseradish, Garlic, Burdock, Ginger, Hot Peppers, Honey

Hot Tea: possible ingredients Lemon, Honey, Ginger, Garlic, Miso, Cayenne, Apple Cider Vinegar, Tumeric and other herbs

Herbal Soups. Simmer medicinal mushrooms (and bones? ) on the wood stove. Use the broth as a soup base. Use immune system support foods in soups: Ginger, Garlic, Onions, Bone Broth, Miso, Cayenne, Burcock, hot peppers…organic veggies..

Herbs with Vitamin C: Rose Hips, Hibiscus, Conifer Tips, Cayenne Peppers, Hawthorn

Ganoderma oregonense and Ganoderma applana- tum, two local reishi mush- room relatives. Fomitopsis pinicola (Red banded conk) and other conk mushrooms may also hold benefit for immune system boost.


January 17
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Chuckanut Center
103 Chuckanut Drive N.
Bellingham, WA 98229
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