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Embrace Autumn: Essential Herbs and Plants for the Fall Season

Updated: Nov 18, 2023

With the arrival of the fall season, nature gently unfolds a colorful carpet of herbs and plants that offer many health benefits. Herbal preparations have been used timelessly as a primary form of medicine across continents, nurturing the body, mind, and soul. Their use ranges from promoting overall wellness to preventing and treating various health conditions. They are full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that enhance the body's natural ability to fight diseases. As the busy, hot summer transitions to the relaxed, cool autumn, take advantage of what nature offers to adapt better to the changing seasons.

Remember to consult with a healthcare professional before adding new herbs to your diet, especially if you have any pre-existing conditions, are pregnant, or are on medication.

  • Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea)

Forage or Get: Easily grown in home gardens with plenty of sunlight. Echinacea seeds are also widely available for purchase. When/if foraging it, only roots can be harvested from plants at least five years old.

Preparation: Roots, flowers, and leaves can be dried for tea. Fresh flowers can be added to salads.

General Benefits:

  • Boosts the immune system

  • Fights inflammation

  • Reduces the severity of colds and flu

  • It has been counter-indicated for people with auto-immune disease (always check with your health professional).

Fall Benefits: Provides a substantial immunity boost, aiding the body to combat common fall ailments like cold and flu effectively.

  • Elderberry (Sambucus nigra)

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