The once vibrant leaves of spring fall to the ground, the sultry air of the summer becomes crisp and biting, and Mother Earth prepares for her long winter slumber. As the seasons change and we notice the beautiful metamorphosis that Fall brings to nature, it is important that we also notice how these changes can affect our health. In herbalism, to prepare for this transition we turn to herbs and foods that have an affinity for the immune system.
Herbs and foods that are supportive to the immune system become our go-to allies during the colder months. We love to incorporate them into our daily lifestyle and add them in whenever we feel like we need some extra support. Herbs such as ginger, cinnamon, thyme, and elderberry are all ones that you’ll find in our home apothecaries all season long.
Some of our favorite herbs for Fall are Elderberry, Goji Berry, and Ginger - all found in our Immunity Berry flavor.
“Elderberry is one of my favorite herbs - traditionally it's been used as an antiviral herb for cold care, and it tastes DELICIOUS in tea or syrup.”
- Eliza, Sunwink co-founder
When it comes to immune-supportive herbs, there are few as loved and well used as Elderberry. Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) has been used by herbalists all over the world for hundreds of years and grows wild on multiple continents. The berries of this magical plant are well-known for their antiviral constituents. Rich in polyphenols, vitamins and minerals, these tasty little berries have traditionally been used to support our bodies whenever we’re feeling a little under the weather and could use a boost. We love to take elderberry as a syrup, or of course, in our Immunity Berry blend.
Commonly used as both a food and medicine in Traditional Chinese Medicine, these tasty berries pack a serious punch of Vitamin C! Full of beneficial vitamins and minerals, goji berries do their share of the work in helping to boost our immune systems.
This warming root is most known for its digestion-supporting properties. Not only do we love ginger for its ability to help aid in digestion and soothe an upset stomach, but also for its traditional use in supporting the immune system. Ginger is also a wonderful and easy herb to incorporate in the kitchen from broths, to smoothies, to breads, to cookies, etc. We love to add ginger to everything we can during the fall and winter months.
Sunwink co-founder Eliza shares her go-to immunity recipe below:
“Here's a simple immunity herbal blend (technically called an 'herbal decoction') that you can make in your kitchen. You'll notice it uses the same herbs that are in our Immunity Berry sparkling herbal tonic!”
- Add 4 cups of water to a pot.
- Add 1 tbsp each: elderberry, hibiscus, and goji berries.
- Add 1/2 tbsp each: ginger (dried or fresh) and cinnamon.
- Bring to a boil. Then, simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Strain.
- Add maple syrup to taste and enjoy!
At Sunwink, we know that doing things “DIY” is not always an option, which is why we created our Immunity Berry herbal tonic for easy, convenient and delicious immune-support. This blend packs a punch with star herbs Elderberry and Goji Berry as well as Hibiscus and Cinnamon with 4 times more herbs than you’d find in a standard tea bag. Stock up and boost your immune system this season!