In the fall, certain herbs can be particularly helpful due to their potential to support the body's immune system, respiratory health, and overall well-being during the transition from warmer to cooler weather. Here are some commonly used fall herbs and ways to incorporate them into your daily routine:
Echinacea is known for its immune-boosting properties and may help prevent or alleviate symptoms of the common cold and other respiratory infections. Echinacea can be taken in pill form or as a tincture or as a tea by steeping dried echinacea root or leaves in hot water.
Ginger has anti-inflammatory and warming properties, making it beneficial for digestion and circulation. It can also help alleviate cold and flu symptoms. Add fresh ginger to your meals, brew ginger tea, or incorporate it into smoothies for a warming and immune-boosting effect.
Turmeric is well-known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which can help reduce inflammation and support the immune system. Add turmeric to soups, stews, curries, or make turmeric lattes (golden milk) for a warming and healing beverage.
Rosemary is rich in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. It can aid digestion and boost memory and concentration. Use fresh or dried rosemary in cooking to add flavor to roasted vegetables, soups, or meat dishes.
Cinnamon can help regulate blood sugar levels, boost metabolism, and provide a warming and comforting effect during cooler months. Sprinkle cinnamon on oatmeal, yogurt, or in your coffee. Use it in baking, smoothies, or hot beverages for a delightful autumn flavor.
Sage has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and can help soothe sore throats and respiratory issues. Brew sage tea by steeping dried sage leaves in hot water. Use fresh or dried sage in cooking, such as in soups, stews, or stuffing.
Thyme has antimicrobial properties and can support respiratory health. It may also aid digestion. Use fresh or dried thyme in various dishes, such as soups, sauces, roasted vegetables, or as a seasoning for meat and poultry.
If you are new to herbs and before incorporating herbs into your daily diet, it’s important to consult your healthcare professional. This especially if you have pre-existing medical conditions, are pregnant or are taking medications.