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Herbs for Immunity & Stress Support

Updated: Jan 13, 2022

Psychologists in the field of "psychoneuroimmunology" have shown that the state of mind affects one's state of health. ~American Psychological Association

When practitioners and educators talk about ๐ฐ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ, we often refer to multiple systems and aspects of the body and mind. There really isnโ€™t a way to support one body system without referring to and supporting another.

Itโ€™s all Connected

So when we ask plants for support we must address more than what is happenig on the surface you must go deeper

Life Scientists, Psychologists and health care providers alike also educate in this manner, however, usually from an after-care POV instead of preventative, but there is still a disconnect on how the public recieved and understands this important point.

Itโ€™s like that childrenโ€™s song, โ€œThe leg bone's connected to the knee bone,

The knee bone's connected to the thigh bone,

The thigh bone's connected to the hip bone,

Now shake dem skeleton bones!โ€

Just as all the bones are connected to make a full functioning skeleton, your muscles, tendons and nerves are what allow you to move them. Along with the tissues and skin that protect them and the heart, brain and their constituents to pump the blood, circulate oxygen and send messages on what movement to perform, because each part requires the support of the other.

So when we ask plants for support we must address more than what is happenig on the surface we must go deeper and discover where else needs support in the body, mind and yes the spirit too.

Look to your easily accessible kitchen herbs, they have phenomenal medicinal qualities

I have compiled a list of herbs a mix of easily accessible kitchen herbs that have phenomenal medicinal qualities and a selection of adaptogen, nervine and other immune supportive herbs that help to navigate imbalances that causes stress and illness. Again, stress compromises the body systems and magnifies illness so its important to have practices in addition to herbal medicine in place to support stress management. Check this link for self-care ideas:

๐‘จ๐’ƒ๐’๐’–๐’• ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ฏ๐’†๐’“๐’ƒ๐’”

๐‘จ ๐’”๐’‰๐’๐’“๐’• ๐’๐’Š๐’”๐’• ๐’๐’‡ ๐’Ž๐’†๐’…๐’Š๐’„๐’Š๐’๐’‚๐’ ๐’‘๐’“๐’๐’‘๐’†๐’“๐’•๐’Š๐’†๐’” & ๐’Š๐’๐’…๐’Š๐’„๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’๐’” ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’š ๐’๐’๐’• ๐’Œ๐’๐’๐’˜ ๐’๐’‡ ๐’š๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’Œ๐’Š๐’•๐’„๐’‰๐’†๐’ ๐’‰๐’†๐’“๐’ƒ๐’” ๐’‘๐’๐’–๐’” ๐’Ž๐’๐’“๐’†.

๐‘ช๐’Š๐’๐’๐’‚๐’Ž๐’๐’ - astringent, anti-fungal, sedative, antiseptic, antibacterial, carminative, stimulant, respiratory issues, diarrhea, nausea, improves digestion, spasms, vomiting, calms stomach

๐‘ฎ๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ๐’†๐’“ - anti-inflammatory, antacid, analgesic, nervine, stimulant, antispasmodic, tonic, pneumonia, sore throat, flu, respiratory complaint, nausea, kidney support, indigestion, cramps, fatigue, circulation, colds, sinuses, colitis, headache

๐‘ฎ๐’‚๐’“๐’๐’Š๐’„ (RAW)- antiviral, anti-biotic, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, immunostimulant, expectorant, HBP, coughs, diabetes, heart, infectious disease, respiratory complaints, blood purifier, circulation, allergies, parasites, mucus, fever, flu, diarrhea, liver detox, candida, gas, hypoglycemia

๐‘ป๐’‰๐’š๐’Ž๐’† -expectorant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, disinfectant, nervine, vulnerary, migraines, fever, heartburn, throat complaints, digestion, respiratory complaint, colds, mucus, lung complaints, sinuses, acute bronchitis, colic, worms

๐‘ป๐’–๐’“๐’Ž๐’†๐’“๐’Š๐’„ -anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic, antioxidant, anti-cancer, antimicrobial, vulnerary, stimulant, liver, gallstones, arthritis, blood purifier, digestive tonic, asthma

๐‘ถ๐’“๐’†๐’ˆ๐’‚๐’๐’ - antiseptic, antimicrobial, aromatic, astringent, carminative, anti-fungal, diaphoretic, expectorant, tonic, emmenagogue, stimulant, stomachic, antioxidant, respiratory infections, digestive tract, coughs, tonsillitis, bronchitis, asthma, chest congestion

๐‘ฉ๐’‚๐’”๐’Š๐’ - anti-bacterial, antispasmodic, colds, flu, spasm, vomiting, kidney complaints, liver, colon, fevers, indigestion, nausea, constipation, headaches

๐‘ช๐’Š๐’•๐’“๐’–๐’” ๐’‘๐’†๐’†๐’ - Vitamin C rich, antiseptic, nutritive, decongestant, carminative, digestive tonic, colds, flu, gallstones, kidhey stones,


The herb allies you can build long-term relationships with and have a lifetime of good health because of them. Adaptogen herbs that assists in adapting one to stress, whether emotional, physical, or environmental. The hallmark of adaptogens is that they have a normalizing influence on physiological processes.

๐‘จ๐’”๐’•๐’“๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’‚๐’๐’–๐’” - antibacterial, anhydrotic, antiviral, cardio-tonic, immunostimulant, diuretic, allergies, HBP, digestion, colds, liver conditions, heart disease, hypertension, fatigue, chronic weakness, weak lungs, diabetes,

๐‘จ๐’”๐’‰๐’˜๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’‚๐’๐’…๐’‚ - sedative, tonic, immunomodulant, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, nervine, antispasmodic, anxiety, depression, exhaustion, muscle tone, arthritis, T-cell, hypoglycemia, stabilizes cholesterol

๐‘ฏ๐’๐’๐’š ๐‘ฉ๐’‚๐’”๐’Š๐’(๐‘ป๐’–๐’๐’”๐’Š) - antibacterial, antiviral, carminative, anti-cancer, anti-fungal, expectorant, radioprotective, tonic, stimulant, hypotensive, and immune amphoteric, protects the heart from stress, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels, stabilizes blood sugar levels, enhances digestion, cerebral circulation, memory, concentration, and mental acuity.

๐‘น๐’‰๐’๐’…๐’Š๐’๐’๐’‚ - antidepressant, astringent, mental clarity, memory, energy production, stress, circulation, increase energy,

๐‘น๐’†๐’Š๐’”๐’‰๐’Š ๐‘ด๐’–๐’”๐’‰๐’“๐’๐’๐’Ž - anti-allergenic, nervine, antiviral, antitumor, immune tonic, relaxant, nervine, HBP, cholesterol, pneumonia, angina, stomach diseases, dizziness, diabetes, bronchial asthma, fatigue

๐‘ณ๐’Š๐’„๐’๐’“๐’Š๐’„๐’† - antiinflamatory, demulcent, expectorant, pectoral, lung problems, circulation, colds, sore throat, low blood sugar, allergies, adrenal, edema, blood cleanser, phlegm, arthritis

๐‘ถ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“ ๐‘บ๐’–๐’‘๐’‘๐’๐’“๐’•๐’Š๐’—๐’† ๐‘ฏ๐’†๐’“๐’ƒ๐’”

๐‘ณ๐’†๐’Ž๐’๐’ ๐‘ฉ๐’‚๐’๐’Ž - antiviral, nervine, sedative, antidepressant, antiseptic, antithyrotropic, aromatic, carminative, diaphoretic, colds, fever, regulating hyperactive thyroid, cold sores, herpes, shingles, hysteria, enhance sleep, aid memory/ concentration, tonifies and repairs nervous system, dementia and Alzheimerโ€™s

๐‘ณ๐’‚๐’—๐’†๐’๐’…๐’†๐’“ - antiviral, nervine, analgesic, antifungal, aromatic, relaxant, circulatory, antibacterial, antispasmodic, antiseptic, disinfectant, carminative, tension, anxiety, relieves gas, headache, nervousness, insomnia, digestion, nausea eating, lice, burns, sores, infections

๐‘ถ๐’‚๐’•๐’”๐’•๐’“๐’‚๐’˜ nutritive, nervine, antidepressant, antispasmodic, demulcent, bladder, nervous conditions, insomnia, heart strengthening, kidney, liver disorders, lungs, constipation, gall bladder, indigestion, urinary organs

๐‘ต๐’†๐’•๐’•๐’๐’†๐’” - nutritive, antiseptic, expectorant, hemostatic, astringent, alterative, diuretic, circulation, diarrhea, blood purifier, HBP, asthma, inflamed kidney, respiratory tract , bronchitis, infections, high in vitamin K

๐‘ฌ๐’„๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’‚๐’„๐’†๐’‚ antibioti, antiseptic, antiviral, vulnerary, mucilant, immunostimulant, blood, lymphatic system, tonsillitis, flu, circulation, fever, emphysema, bladder infection

๐‘น๐’๐’”๐’† ๐’‰๐’Š๐’‘๐’” - antimicrobial, antiseptic, astringent, nutritive, anti-pyretic, Vitamin C rich, bladder conditions, circulation, colds, coughs, dizziness, blood purifier, fevers, stress, nervousness, sore throat, migraines, kidneys, flu, nerves, heart

๐‘ฌ๐’๐’…๐’†๐’“๐’ƒ๐’†๐’“๐’“๐’š - alternative, anti-inflammatory, detoxicant, flu, fever, allergies, hay fever, pneumonia, colds, ulcers, sinus congestion, digestive complaints, respiratory complaints, brain

๐‘ซ๐’‚๐’๐’…๐’†๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ - nutritive, diuretic, tonic, bitter, vitamins A and B Leaf: calcium, potassium, iron, carotenoids, coumarins. Root: potassium, calcium, phenolic acids, stabilize blood sugar, skin eruptions, chronic jaundice, rheumatism, chronic gastritis, mouth ulcers, digestive tonic, liver detoxification, hepatitis, acute infections, flu, skin ulcers, fluid retention, stomach disorders, constipation, breast health, blood purifier, kidney ๐‘ถ๐’‚๐’•๐’”๐’•๐’“๐’‚๐’˜ - antidepressant, antispasmodic, nervine, nutritive, tonic, improves appetite, arthritis, constipation, urinary organs, gout, gallstones, lungs, liver, kidney, strengthens heart, insomnia, pancreas, bladder, indigestion, skin

๐‘บ๐’‘๐’†๐’„๐’Š๐’‚๐’ ๐’๐’๐’•๐’†: ๐‘ฐ๐’๐’…๐’Š๐’—๐’Š๐’…๐’–๐’‚๐’๐’” ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐’‚๐’–๐’•๐’๐’Š๐’Ž๐’Ž๐’–๐’๐’† ๐’„๐’๐’๐’…๐’Š๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’๐’” ๐’”๐’‰๐’๐’–๐’๐’… ๐’•๐’‚๐’Œ๐’† ๐’”๐’‘๐’†๐’„๐’Š๐’‚๐’ ๐’„๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’˜๐’‰๐’†๐’ ๐’„๐’‰๐’๐’๐’”๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‰๐’†๐’“๐’ƒ๐’‚๐’ ๐’Ž๐’†๐’…๐’Š๐’„๐’Š๐’๐’†. ๐‘บ๐’๐’Ž๐’† ๐’‰๐’†๐’“๐’ƒ๐’” ๐’‰๐’‚๐’—๐’† ๐’‘๐’“๐’๐’‘๐’†๐’“๐’•๐’Š๐’†๐’” ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’š ๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’ˆ๐’“๐’‚๐’—๐’‚๐’•๐’† ๐’„๐’†๐’“๐’•๐’‚๐’Š๐’ ๐’„๐’๐’๐’…๐’Š๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’๐’”. ๐‘ฏ๐’†๐’“๐’†๐’” ๐’‚ ๐’”๐’‰๐’๐’“๐’• ๐’๐’Š๐’”๐’• ๐’๐’‡ ๐’Š๐’Ž๐’Ž๐’–๐’๐’๐’Ž๐’๐’…๐’–๐’๐’‚๐’๐’• ๐’‚๐’…๐’‚๐’‘๐’•๐’๐’ˆ๐’†๐’ ๐’‰๐’†๐’“๐’ƒ๐’” ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’Ž๐’–๐’”๐’‰๐’“๐’๐’๐’Ž๐’” ๐’•๐’ ๐’”๐’–๐’‘๐’‘๐’๐’“๐’• ๐’•๐’‰๐’๐’”๐’† ๐’Š๐’๐’…๐’Š๐’—๐’Š๐’…๐’–๐’‚๐’๐’”. This is not a complete list and should be taken under advisment of an experienced herbalist and health care professional.

Immunomodulant herbs include astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus), codonopsis (Codonopsis pilosula), licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), holy basil or tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum), reishi mushroom (Ganoderma spp.) and shiitake (Lentinula edodes) To learn more about herbs & ways to prepare them visit one of my favorite sites Some herbs are available for purchase as herbal extractions and tea blends on my website If you have questions or would like a consultation email me at


~Lea Afia

Information offered on Toussaint Tinctures websites is for educational purposes only. Toussaint Tinctures makes neither medical claim, nor intends to diagnose or treat medical conditions. Links to external sites are for informational purposes only. Toussaint Tinctures neither endorses them nor is in any way responsible for their content. Readers must do their own research concerning the safety, contraindications and usage of any herbs or supplements.

References : Making Plant Medicine, R.Cech; The Herbarium, The Herbal Academy; The Little Herb Encyclopedia, J.Ritchason N.D.; THE MODERN HERBAL DISPENSATORY, T. Easley and S. Horne



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