Sensory Solutions


May 1, 2018

Immune-boosting herbs

by Karen Lawton


The primary goal of Sensory Herbalism is to create inner harmony and a sense of wholeness by supporting the body’s vital force, prana or qi, to move and flow unimpeded.

This vital force is comprised of elemental magic: water, fire, earth and air. These elements flow energetically through the kidneys, circulation, digestion and nerves.

When balanced, these elements can promote health. Elemental imbalances in the body can manifest as lethargy, muscle pain, high stress levels, and a weakened immune system resulting in a tendency to catch infections easily.

Herbs are incredible healers and teachers. Here is a glimpse at some of the more commonly found plants in herbal immune blends.


Ground Ivy

Ground Ivy can be found a plenty flowering beautifully in the spring with its vivid purple blooms and highly aromatic leaves. Having a wide range of complex constituents this herb is therapeutic for many different conditions. Famed for effectively treating a range of conditions arising in the respiratory system this plant is fantastic for alleviating the symptoms of coughs and colds, sinusitis, catarrh, asthma, bronchitis and nervous coughs.

We have simply placed a sprig of Ground Ivy under the pillows of snotty children and babies and seen positive effects.



Elderberries are packed with a compound called quercetin, an antioxidant with antihistamine and an incredibly active anti-inflammatory. Quercetin is a much investigated bioflavonoid found in red wine, grapefruit, onions, apples, black tea, and, in lesser amounts, in leafy green vegetables and beans. Quercetin has an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity and is cited to prevent cancer by inhibiting the growth of certain malignant cells.



Of course adding beneficial herbs into your everyday food goes a long way to boosting immunity. In the middle ages, Europe was plagued and as this terrible disease swept through killing so many people, a group of perfumers escaped the plague and were caught robbing the sick. When these thieves were caught, they revealed how they were able to steal from the sick without falling ill themselves.

Their secret was in the highly aromatic herbs and here are 4 of them that commonly grow in gardens all of this land:

  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Sage
  • Lavender

These wonderful medicinal and culinary plants packed full of volatile oils, which are antimicrobial thus protective and supportive for the immune system. They can be brought in to the home to use in the kitchen in loads of recipes, making our food our medicine.



Garlic is a powerful medicine with antimicrobial, antiviral, and antibiotic properties. It's also a natural decongestant and anti-worm medication. The sky really is the limit with this flavorful ingredient, and you can work it into pretty much any meal. We are growing a lot of garlic in the garden this season. And enjoying it in all our dinners!

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Sensory Solutions


Fiona Heckels (BSc Hons, IYN, PESS)
Telephone: 07830 195 745

Karen Lawton (BSc Hons P.E.S.S. & I.Y.N.)
Telephone: 07865 081927

Belle Benfield (P.E.S.S., M.A.)
Telephone: 07818 430241