NATURAL IMMUNE BOOSTERS

A mix of herbs we include in our products and herbs we recommend using as an immuno boost taken from traditional medicine.

In our last post, we wrote about how CBD can help to relieve stress, physically and mentally, and act as an immune booster. CBD is one of many natural immune boosters, and it has been said to even cure certain ailments among some. In this post, we want to share with you a handful of other supplements we recommend procuring as immune boosters to stay strong and protect yourself. Especially now with COVID-19 milling about and with towns and cities quickly reopening, we find this is important information to share. The herbal products we will list and discuss below are not often touted by pharmaceutical companies or media. We will leave it to you to guess why. However, there are many studies that have been conducted and show favorable results for these herbs as immune boosters, and also as cures, or as aids to recovery, in different ailments, such as acute pneumonia. We will cite those studies in this post, and we will include links to the studies in our works cited below. 

Those of you who have used our tinctures have likely noticed at least some of the stronger flavored ingredients in our products. For example, we use cinnamon and peppermint oils in our Full Spectrum phytocannabinoid rich hemp extract. In our products, we also use Rhodiola, Astragalus, Ashwagandha, Tulsi, Osha Root, Amla, Maitake, Red Reishi, in our Water Soluble Stress Blend with Hemp Oil tincture Black Seed Oil, and Oregano Oil, in our Phytocannabinoid Rich Hemp Oil Softgels. We use these supplements in our products because of their undeniable wellness benefits. For this week, we will discuss the benefits of cinnamon, rhodiola, astragalus, reishi (LingZhi), and black seed oil. Are you an ameuater or professional naturopath? Write us about some of your favorite herbal supplements via email or in the comments section below. We are always open to learning or just chatting. Tell us about your at home remedies, experiments, or ask questions to the Botana online community.

It is reasonable to ask, can herbal supplements help us at all, especially when we are dealing with the novel coronavirus? While there is no vaccine for the virus, herbs have been used by many countries to help gain an edge over the virus. It is difficult for pharmaceutical companies to develop a vaccine for the virus because it is known to mutate and the technology is very complicated, and not something that should be fast-tracked.  “Herbal and plant-based remedies may have an edge over pharmaceuticals due to the plant’s synergistic complex nature. This [natural] approach is far more challenging to both bacterial and viral infections… Herbs taken at the very start or outset of a viral outbreak can work more effectively to shorten and lessen the viral effect. Herbs that have traditionally been used as comfort measures against influenza would likely be effective to provide comfort against the coronavirus.

Herbs that have strong anti-viral properties may also protect against cytokine storms.

A cytokine storm can both sicken and kill patients who are infected with certain strains of flu virus.” There are herbs with antiviral properties, as well as adaptogens which can help us to remain balanced, and will certainly help us to fight away infection. We believe that herbal supplements are important in the fighting of any ailment. (Zink, Marilyn)

There is an array of herbal medicines that we include in our tinctures. One of the first flavors that many notice when trying out the Botana full spectrum tincture is cinnamon. “Cinnamon has been used for centuries for its fragrant and flavoring properties, in addition to medicinal benefits. Cinnamon's reported health benefits include cognition enhancement, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, anti-inflammatory effects and the prevention of diabetic complications… Cinnamon's reported health benefits include cognition enhancement, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, anti-inflammatory effects and the prevention of diabetic complications” (Kawatra, Pallavi).  Cinnamon also has antimicrobial and antibiotic properties. “The antibacterial properties of cinnamon oil are so strong that it has been deemed a safe alternative cleaning agent in hospital environments. Additional studies have shown that cinnamon oil may be effective against multi-drug resistant bacteria and could be useful in reducing the minimum effective dosage of those drugs, reducing cost of care and adverse side effects of conventional drug   therapies”(Tsai, Han-Mou).  Cinnamon has many purposes beyond its flavor. For more information about the research being done to study its health benefits, please visit the GreenMedInfo.com research pages on cinnamon and cinnamaldehyde, the primary compound in cinnamon that gives it its flavor and color and boasts numerous health properties.

    Rhodiola is considered an adaptogen. “Adaptogens are non-toxic plants that are marketed as helping the body resist stressors of all kinds, whether physical, chemical or biological. These herbs and roots have been used for centuries in Chinese and Ayurvedic healing traditions, but they're having a renaissance today” (Ducharme, Jamie).  Rhodiola has been used for centuries to treat anxiety, fatigue, and depression. Similar to CBD, rhodiola has been proven to fight symptoms of stress. A lower level of individual stress gives us a greater balance and strong immune system. “When you take adaptogens, you’re training your body to handle the effects of stress.” Staying mentally healthy is a major aspect of staying physically healthy. Beyond depression and anxiety, “rhodiola is believed to improve energy, physical performance and memory” (time) . Rhodiola has been studied as a supplement for handling physical stress as well, such as hard exercise.  In a double blind study of patients suffering from acute-pneumonia in which some patients received a placebo and others received in adaptogen blend including rhodiola, rhodiola was shown to have a “positive effect on the recovery of patients by decreasing the duration of the acute phase of the illness, by increasing mental performance of patients in the rehabilitation period” (Impact of Chisan). The benefits of this supplement in your diet are innumerous, hence rhodiola is used in our Stress Blend tincture. For more information about studies on rhodiola, visit https://www.greenmedinfo.com/substance/rhodiola-tibetan-ginseng .  

    As far as promoting the wellness of our cardiovascular system and immunity, astragalus is key. We bring this up now because the corona virus is known to attack the lungs and cause shortness of breath which can be fatal. Astragalus “is the key botanical used in Chinese herbalism for supporting a healthy immune system… with ability to stimulate the production of stem cells from bone marrow, increase white blood cell count and antibody activity, and enhance macrophage activity and secretion of tumor necrosis factor, to name a few. There are additional benefits of astragalus not typically known, specifically regarding its cardiotonic and hepatoprotective effects. Additionally, astragalus is widely used for promoting immune health in children” (AHP Monographs). “There is compelling evidence that some TCM (traditional chinese medicine) herbal products or its components have potent immunosuppressive effects…” Astragalus is listed as the number one frequently used herb among 23 provinces in China for the “prevention of COVID-19 infection.” In the treatment of SARS, it was determined that TCM should be used along with conventional medicine to shorten the span of recovery from the disease. (Traditional Chinese Medicine...

    Within the ever popular field of mycology, we often hear about the health benefits of buzz-names such as lions mane, ashwagandha, and reishi. Reishi is one of the more well-known mushrooms, and is used for cancer, aging, boosting the immune system to prevent or treat infections, and for many other reasons. Reishi is nicknamed “the mushroom of immortality” and it has been used medicinally since the Han dynasty in 104 BC. Reishi, or LingZhi, “has literally hundreds of unique bio-active compounds that have life extending properties, stimulates brain neurons, searches out and destroys cancer cells and prevents the development of new fat cells in obese individuals.In terms of life span extension it has been shown to increase life in studies by 9% to more than 20% in animal studies… No other plant is better at finding, decomposing and flushing out subpar cellular matter throughout the body, which then allows the surrounding organ and blood system to function at a higher level. Lingzhi is loaded with terpenes. It makes sense that one of its innate abilities is to do a similar breaking-down and dissipating action in the body” (How Lingzhi Mushrooms...). Reishi is listed as being an analgesic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, cardiotonic, and even anti-HIV, among many other purposes. Reishi’s triterpenes give the mushroom a unique characteristic of being bitter in taste, and are a major anti-inflammatory.  This supplement has been widely regarded as having massive health benefits for thousands of years, and across many cultures. Reishi is a perfect compliment to CBD, and a great way to start or finish your day. 


    Finally, we will close our discussion of some of our supplemental ingredients with Black Seed Oil. Black Seed Oil is one of the ingredients we use in our phytocannabinoid rich Hemp Oil soft-gels. 

 “Known since ancient times as a 'remedy for everything but death,' an increasingly vast body of scientific research reveals that [black seed oil] is indeed one of nature's most potent and versatile healing agents .”

(Yaneff, Jon) Black seed oil serves many purposes, including that for MRSA, and interestingly, for Opiate Addiction/ Withdrawal, another epidemic this country is facing. In sticking with our topic of building our immunity, specific to the prevention of coronavirus to the best of our abilities, black seed oil is antiasthmatic, and also good for alleviating throat pain. Antiasthmatic properties are highly important for our immunity when we are dealing with a virus that heavily affects our breathing. Green Med Info published an article about black seed oil “titled, 'The Remedy For Everything But Death.' It described the research on the many ways in which black seed (nigella sativa) is a potentially life-saving medicinal food…” Biomedical research on black seed is currently flourishing. To keep up with new studies using black seed, check out MEDLINE.

    Supplements are an important addition to a healthy diet. We are happy to provide you with supplements that we believe will provide you the highest complimentary value with CBD. At Botana, we are fascinated by research on natural cures, by the long surviving practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and on healing; mentally, physically, and spiritually. We can further connect with the Earth through using the amazing naturally occurring plants and compounds that surround us. If you enjoyed this post, if you would like to know additional information on any of these supplements or where to order them, or if you would like to share any information pertaining to natural medicine with us, please reach out to us in the comments section below. Stay well!

Zink, Marilyn. “Can Herbs Help with Coronavirus?” Herbal Collective, 31 Jan. 2020, herbalcollective.news/2020/01/22/can-herbs-help-with-coronavirus/.

Kawatra, Pallavi, and Rathai Rajagopalan. “Cinnamon: Mystic Powers of a Minute Ingredient.” Pharmacognosy Research, Medknow Publications & Media Pvt Ltd, June 2015, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4466762/.

Tsai, Han-Mou. “Pathophysiology of Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura.” International Journal of Hematology, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Jan. 2010, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3159000/.

Ducharme, Jamie. “What Are Adaptogens? Healing Herbs for Stress and Fatigue.” Time, Time, 28 Feb. 2018, time.com/5025278/adaptogens-herbs-stress-anxiety/.

“Impact of Chisan (ADAPT-232) on the Quality-of-Life and Its Efficacy as an Adjuvant in the Treatment of Acute Non-Specific Pneumonia.” Impact of Chisan ADAPT-232 on the Quality-of-Life and Its Efficacy As, 25 July 2009, www.greenmedinfo.com/article/combination-rhodiola-schisandra-and-eleutherococccus-siberian-ginseng-improves.

“AHP Monographs – Astragalus Root.” American Herbal Pharmacopoeia, herbal-ahp.org/online-ordering-astragalus-root/.

Traditional Chinese Medicine in the Treatment of Patients Infected with 2019-New Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2): A Review and Perspective, www.ijbs.com/v16p1708.htm.

“How Lingzhi Mushrooms (Reishi) Combats Aging, Disease and Cancer.” How Lingzhi Mushrooms Reishi Combats Aging, Disease and Cancer, 3 July 2015, www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/how-lingzhi-mushrooms-reishi-combats-aging-disease-and-cancer.

Yaneff, Jon. “Health Benefits of Black Seed: The Remedy for Every Health Condition.” Doctors Health Press - Daily Free Health Articles and Natural Health Advice, 25 Oct. 2017, www.doctorshealthpress.com/food-and-nutrition-articles/black-seed-health-benefits/.

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