Foraged Immune Boosters
Anyone up for a thread of immune boosting & antiviral options that can be gathered from the fields & hedgerows? I know that these are not guaranteed to protect us from you know what, but I don’t like pill poppin generally if I can help it.
I discovered foraging about a month ago after reading a youtube comment about dandelion extract blocking the spike from binding to ace2 receptors.
Before then I did not know that dandelions (and plenty of other common things) could be eaten and how good they are for you. This was the latest in a long line of “what is wrong with humanity?” body blows: How is this not taught in schools?!
Anywho, so far the things I have discovered are:
Dandelion: Vitamins A,C, & K, minerals, possibly antiviral?
Elderberry: Meant to be good for fighting viral infections
Rosehips: Amazingly high in Vit C
Yarrow: Traditional use fighting colds
Got any more?
Mullein- ( Verbascum Thapsus) is a lovely velvety wild plant with a huge 2-3ft spike of yellow flowers in its 2nd year .Used medicinally for lung related ailments /inflammations. earaches and much more it can be applied topically in an ointment , ( piles!) drunk in a tea or even smoked… I found the base rosette of leaves in a verge in Spring and replanted it in my garden. I was rewarded with a huge 4ft plant that I have been taking the leaves and buds from and drying for later infusions. Also known as ‘Cowboy Toilet Paper ‘ It really is a multi tasker….🤠🌱
There’s heaps of immune boosting herbs. Pretty much every herb in the Western Herbalism tradition grows in hedgerows, side of roads etc. They work quite well, though in a different way than modern drugs. You might pick up some books (Stephen Buhner’s are good, if you also get another on how to pick, prepare and dose them).
Specifically for Covid vaccines I know people are making pine needle tea. Elderberry is very high in quercetin amongst other things.
More generally, you can forage all of your leafy greens in Spring, Summer and Autumn if you live in a reasonably suburban area with slightly neglected park areas, even better if you’re in a rural area. At the moment in the Southern Hemisphere spring I’m eating chickweed (Stellaria media), dandelion greens, broad leaf plaintain, sheep sorrel, cleavers, purslane, shepherd’s purse and green elm seeds. All of the above are incredibly nutritious, even more than kale, and taste fine cooked into an omelette or something. I just gather a few large handfuls on my daily walks – they grow along people’s back fences, along paths and under trees in the local parks. I wash and cook everything well.
Nettle can be used to make tea and to eat in salads and cook. Nettle contains Vitamin C and Quercetin! Also, calcium, linolenic acid, iron, magnesium, and potassium.
https://www.eatweeds.co.uk/stinging-nettle-urtica-dioica adds: Full of vitamins A, C and some B vitamins. Fresh nettles contain (per 100g) 670 mg potassium, 590 mg calcium, 18 mcg chromium, 270 mcg copper, 86 mg magnesium, and 4.4 mg iron.3
I decided to research if stinging nettle had anti-viral properties given it contains quercetin and C, only to discover this very interesting article showing it inhibited the original Sars Corona virus.
Thanks for asking the question! This is an interesting discovery.