9 Things To Drink To Boost Your Immune System

This time of year, cozying up with a mug of warm tea, coffee, or hot chocolate just feels right. We’ve long used ritual drinks to support our mental and physical well-being—and these health-boosting beverages become especially helpful in the harsher winter months.

So, if you’re going to sip on something this season, why not make it as good for you as possible? Try these immune-boosting elixirs, extracts, and teas to keep your system strong ’til springtime.

1. Four Sigmatic Chaga Mushroom Elixir

Known as ‘black gold,’ chaga mushrooms are one of the best sources of antioxidants nature has to offer, so consuming them regularly can do wonders for your immune system.

Four Sigmatic’s chaga herbal drink mix makes getting your daily dose easy. Each packet contains 1,500 milligrams of chaga, along with mint and rose hips for flavor.

Incorporate a warm, earthy mugful to your daily routine to stay healthy year-round.

2. Oregano Oil

Made from the leaves of your favorite Mediterranean seasoning, oregano oil is loaded with a type of antioxidant called phenols that provide your immune system with extra support when it needs it most.

The Vitamin Shoppe brand Oil Of Oregano liquid provides 50 milligrams of oregano oil in extra-virgin olive oil per serving. Add it to water, tea, or soup or stew recipes daily when you need an immune boost.

3. Host Defense Myco Botanicals Turmeric Immune Tea

This blend of mushroom extracts and soothing herbs is a delicious way to show your immune system some love.

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Host Defense Turmeric Immune Tea gets its primary immune-boosting power from reishi mushrooms, which are high in antioxidants and support healthy cell function. It also contains other good-for-you herbs, like turmeric and ginger root, plus a little black pepper to boost their absorption.

Steep a tea bag in a cup of freshly boiled water for eight to 10 minutes and enjoy.

4. Sambucus Black Elderberry Extract

Sambucus, a.k.a. black elderberry, is one of the most popular immune supplements in the game—especially during the colder months when our systems are more at risk.

These teeny-tiny berries are loaded with antioxidants called flavonoids, which stimulate our immune system and protect cells from free radical damage.

You’ll find elderberry in everything from capsule supplements to gummies, but its liquid extract is perhaps the best-known.

Unlike many brands, The Vitamin Shoppe Organic Sambucus Black Elderberry Extract does not contain any added sweeteners. The syrupy liquid has a tart, sweet flavor and one serving (two teaspoons) works well in drinks and even baked goods. (It also goes down easy straight from the spoon.) It’s now available in a new, bigger 16-ounce bottle.

5. Echinacea

Another immune-loving all-star, the herb echinacea has been used in herbal medicine for hundreds of years.

The herb gets its oomph from compounds called alkamides, which stimulate the immune system—particularly, white blood cells. This boost is especially helpful when you’re feeling under the weather.

Echinacea has made its way into all sorts of supplements, including liquid extracts. Herb Farm’s Super Echinacea is made from echinacea seed, leaf juice, flower juice, and root juice. Add a few drops to water or juice two to five times a day, as needed. When your system needs the extra help, increase to half a teaspoon up to five times a day for two days.

6. Host Defense MycoShield Licorice Immune Support Spray

If you need an immune boost on the run, Host Defense’s portable mushroom extract sprays make it easy.

The licorice-flavored Immune Support spray combines five powerful mushrooms—turkey tail, chaga, reishi, birch polypor, and agarikon—for a potent, fast-absorbing dose of support.

Spray three pumps directly into your mouth, or into water, tea, coffee, juice or smoothies.

7. Barlean’s Fresh-Pressed Olive Leaf Complex

Another Mediterranean magic-maker, olive leaf extract (derived from olive tree leaves) supports our immune health by providing a potent dose of polyphenol antioxidants.

Barlean’s organic olive leaf extract is fresh-picked and pressed to capture the plant’s full antioxidant benefits.

Take one tablespoon of the peppermint-flavored oil per day—straight or mixed into water or juice—to reap the benefits.

8. Yogi Cold Season Tea

Based in the Eastern practice of Ayurveda, this tea combines warming herbs like ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, and clove to keep your inner fire burning all winter long. It also incorporates peppermint, eucalyptus, and basil to support respiratory health, which often falls victim this time of year.

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Steep a bag or two in a cup of boiling water and drink daily to support health throughout the colder months. When you need a boost, drink three cups a day.

9. Herb Pharm Immune Season Herbs On-The-Go Spray

If you just don’t have time to brew up immune-boosting teas—or get sick—this no-nonsense immune formula is for you.

Herb Pharm’s Immune Season combines a number of herbs crucial for immune health—from sambucus to echinacea to ginger—in one convenient spray.

Just shake well, spray four pumps directly into your mouth, and get on with your day.

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