Leisa Brown, natural health practitioner from Brighton and Hove, gives us some tips to boost your immune system. Leisa has been helping improve the health of the local residents of Brighton and Hove for 20 years. Find her on her website here.

Here’s what Leisa suggests you try…..

“Firstly, use this ‘Thymus Tap’- a great little technique to stimulate your thymus gland (an important part of your immune system).”

Thymus Tap
A very simple and effective technique – run your fingers down the centre of your neck until you come to the top of your sternum (breast bone). Keep going down your chest and about two inches down you will feel a bony ridge in your chest. The thymus gland sits under this. To help stimulate your thymus gland, tap the bony ridge firmly in a Waltz rhythm. Do this for about thirty seconds several times a day. Leisa says “It’s so easy, you can do it in the car at traffic lights, while you’re waiting for the kettle to boil or any time at all. Get your family doing it too so you can all remind each other!”page5image29608 page5image29768

Herbal Remedies for the Winter

“There are many herbal remedies that can help your immune system. Neal’s Yard do excellent quality herbal tinctures and will make up a blend for you in their shops.
Take 5ml (of a single tincture or a blend) in an eggcup of water, three times daily when needed (herbs should not usually be taken continuously although it’s fine to take them for a couple of weeks as a preventative measure if you are surrounded by lots of people coughing and spluttering around you and want to protect yourself).”

Echinacea is one of the most well known and it is certainly very effective as an all round immune booster. I always take it if I get the slightest sign of a virus and it ensures my body can fight off the virus before it gets a hold of me.

Elderberry is also a good all round immune booster and very gentle so often advised for young children. (The dosage for children is less than adults, your herbal dispensary will be able to advise you on this)

Sage – among other things this herb is rich in antioxidants and helpful at relieving sore throats and clearing catarrh (not recommended for children)

Lemon and Ginger tea – It’s essential to keep well hydrated to enable your lymph (an important factor within the immune system) to flow efficiently around your body. If you tend to prefer hot drinks in the colder weather, try adding slices of lemon and ginger to a mug of boiling water. As well as adding flavour, they are warming and antiviral and will help to protect your body further from viruses.

Essential Oils – Eucalyptus, Niaouli, Lemon and Thyme are all cleansing and anti viral – if you have an oil burner these are great ones to burn throughout the Winter. Or simply put a few drops onto a tissue and inhale. The essential oils will enter your bloodstream effectively via your lungs. You can also add a few drops to a bath but be careful if you have sensitive skin as these oils are quite strong (I wouldn’t use them in a bath for children)

“Another great product (and safer than a burner with a candle so great for homes with children or pets) is the Zen Soto Aroma Diffuser. It’s not cheap but it really is a great way of getting essential oils into your home or office. Order now and you will also receive a free Neal’s Yard Invigorating Seaweed Shampoo!”

Have any of you tried these tips yourself? What do you do if your child is needing an immune boost? Tell all the other parents out there, don’t keep it to yourselves…