To maintain wellness during the change of seasons, we herbalists eat whole foods and use herbs to promote a healthy immune system.* We love using our Echinacea Plus® tea, as well as this Astragalus Miso Immunity Soup recipe to keep our immune system fired up and ready to protect itself.*
Astragalus root (Astragalus membranaceus) has been used for thousands of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to promote wellness by strengthening the wei qi, the energy that circulates on the surface of the body. Known as one of the most useful Chinese herbal tonics, this hearty root is ideal for someone who wants some extra immune support.* Western herbalists call this root an adaptogen, which means it helps to bring the body back into balance and to ward off effects of every-day physiological stressors.* The mild sweet taste works well alone, or with other medicinal herbs, prepared in soups or as a decoction.
This immune system ally was originally introduced to America in the early 1900s, and thrives as a perennial in temperate climates. Adaptable by nature, this beautiful green herb can grow in very poor soil, but prefers areas with good drainage. Astragalus thrives particularly in North Carolina, as herb farmer Joe Hollis has proved at Mountain Gardens, where he has been cultivating an abundance of medicinal Chinese herbs for almost three decades.
When we are busy or just feeling under the weather, it can be challenging to keep up with cooking healthy meals. That’s why we made this immunity soup quick and simple to make. All you will need are some ingredients from your local health foods market and astragalus root from your local herb shop or Mountain Rose Herbs.
By combining the powers of whole foods and herbalism, we’re building strong bodies that are more capable of warding off occasional stress. Adding a bowl of warm soup and a few medicinal cups of tea to your daily self-care rituals can boost your immune system and keep you grounded when you need it most. Over time, these seemingly simple acts of self-care deeply nourish our body and spirit, helping us transform into the most vibrant versions of ourselves.
*Please note this broth should not be used by people who are taking immune suppressant drugs.